I applied to receive a free 3-month membership of Codecademy Pro for those who have been either furloughed or laid-off and was accepted. I am currently working through the ‘Create a Front-End App with React’ path. I had actually veered away from the platform in favor of learning through video courses and building apps, but the pro plan is better than the standard in that it offers much more variety with videos, quizzes, small and some larger projects. It’s definitely a more engaging learning experience. Codecademy is quite special to me as it’s the first place I started learning HTML & CSS online properly (I dabbled with W3 schools initially). There are so many online resources now but a few years ago I believe that they were one of the top options for newbies attempting to learn the basics.
My focus is working on projects primarily using React.js to help me learn and also to use for my portfolio. I am looking to use the Spotify for Developers Web API to create some type of app based on a users' interaction with the platform, however, this is very much at the drawing board stage of development.
Everything is pretty much a work in progress right now, but I am thoroughly enjoying the process, although it can feel frustrating at times and overwhelming, I'm learning to take pride in the small daily 'wins' which will lead to my much bigger aim at hand. Watch this space as I will definitely be blogging about my projects.
I decided to get involved with a fantastic non-profit organisation called Code Your Future, after speaking with a developer friend of mine who is also a volunteer teacher there. They are a fantastic organisation that supports refugees and disadvantaged individuals with the hope of becoming developers and I will be helping as a teaching assistant.
To find out more just visit: https://codeyourfuture.io/about/