UT Bootcamp - Day 1

Day one of UT Bootcamp has come and gone and it was a success. The jitters of day one anxiety and first impressions have passed so now we can get to the real stuff - web development. The intro class was broken down into a few parts: Introduction of Instructors: Career Director: Jeremy Bergeron Academic Director: Ahmed Haque Instructor: Brian Doyal TA's: Josue Plaza and Gabe Levasseur Introduction of Students Terminal and HTML overview Why Web Development? This was the big question our Career Director, Jeremey Bergeron, asked during his welcome message..."Why Web Development and Why Are You Here?" This struck a chord with me because I think development and programming careers can be chosen for the wrong reasons.…

UT Bootcamp Pre-work

It is almost that time. Probably one the most exciting journeys in my life is about to start...UT BOOT CAMP. Less than 24 hours and counting. Why blog about class? It seems like every podcast I listen to where the host asks the guest what advice they have about retaining content and their answer - to blog. Secondly, as my new bootcamp instructor, Jeff Pinkston recently told me: "Re-transcribing them [notes] pretty much committed them [notes] to memory (git commit pun term not actually intended)." So in an effort to re-transcribe my notes and document my weekly classes from the UT boot camp, this will serve as my the first post of (hopefully) many to show and "commit to…

Journeyman Notes #2: Muzak Archives Website - The IDEA

The Idea Currently, I work for a company called Mood Media and we are the leader in the world for experience design, which means as our President puts it we 'put people in the MOOD to buy'. We consult for our clients and create extraordinary experiences for their customers. Our services include providing background music, visual solutions, scent (commercial grade air fresheners), social campaigns (we are partners with Shazaam) and A/V system design and install. Enough about what we are today, this post is about reviving the history. Mood now owns Muzak. Yes that is the the company that produced the classic muzak music that used to waft through doctors offices and elevators everywhere (even in the white house…

Finley Code #1: Music is Code

As a long-time studied musician who continues to play in local bands, I couldn't help but start the Finley Code (think of it similar to the 'Bro Code' on How I Met Your Mother) a code of my beliefs, thoughts, and discussions of music, code, the creative process and the striking parallels of creating and writing/playing music to writing code. I may also include other personal beliefs or moral ramblings from time to time. As a preface, I am still ‘new’ to the coding world as I am making a career transition. In the music world I would still be learning the acronyms for the musical staff like 'C Elvis Go Bopping Down the Freeway' for the lines on…

Journeyman Notes: Basics of Computers ( the very very basics)

As a prerequisite to the UT full-stack development bootcamp I will be diving into this summer, I was encourage to go through a basic CS 101 class and I chose one offered by Stanford University online and taught by Nick Parlante. It is a basic course that does a great job of introducing various topics like RGB values, the 'for' loop, the 'if' statement and what/how a computer is and works on a basic level. As someone who historically and who continues to ponder the origins of things this course was a great primer into the world of computer science. The class is free, self-paced and great for anyone with the slightest interest in computers. I would recommend looking…