As a new developer, still deeply in the learning process, there are so many interesting tools introduced each day. I am currently enrolled in a bootcamp and loving it. Sometimes the curriculum is like trying to drink water from a fire hose. There's a ton of information coming at us during class and it's a lot of work to produce solid results for the homework assignments.
Once in a while you have an assignment where you really click with the material and the work only takes a few days instead of the whole week. The first time I was lucky enough for that to happen, I spent the rest of the week packing my current homework assignment with additional features and refactoring code down to the most efficient blocks I could produce. That "extra-curricular" work taught me quite a bit and the practice time spent going a little overboard was invaluable.
This week, I really felt comfortable with our assignment and came to that same fork in the crossroads; do I continue to improve this project or do I work on something new? The practice would come in handy and it would be fun to share the extra features with the like-minded students of our study group. But I am approaching web development with the goal of freelancing and building my own business.
So I started to think; what holes are in my portfolio right now? I brainstormed for a solid hour and most of the projects I dreamed up would require more knowledge than I currently had. I'd also rather improve my grasp on past material than study forward. Eventually it dawned on me. Let's take a look at the portfolio to date and start to apply to those old assignments what I've learned in the weeks since those prior assignments had been completed.
The natural first project I thought of was my profile page. Created in the first week of class, this page was woefully outdated. Sure, at the time, it received a grade I was proud of. But looking back and knowing now what I didn't know then, all sorts of ideas on how to redesign and improve the page started popping into my head.
The conclusion for me is to make this a regular part of my learning process. Revisit old projects, look for improvements, and continue to seek out new tools, techniques, and tricks. If you'd like to see my newly redesigned profile page, feel free to visit https://lucsedirae.github.io/