Pacing Myself

When I started this blog, I set myself a 2 year deadline to get my full-stack cert from Free Code Camp. I’ve just come back from a 5 (!) month break and am basically having to start from scratch. This has led me to look at the estimated time scales and see how long it should take me at my new, slower pace.

I’m planing on doing 7 hours a week for the front-end cert which will take me at least a year. More if I use all the estimated times that FCC give you. Then it’ll be another year for the data visualisation and back end certs if I double my time to 14 hours a week. That’s still not that much and if my health improves, I’d be looking at 20 hours a week if my energy and brain function allows.

So, I’m now unlikely to hit my target of 2 years, as per my blog title. But the game is still on and I feel okay with that. I’d rather spend 3 years and achieve my goals than spend no time and never reach them.

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A little extra homework

First off, thanks very much to my new friend, Codeinfig, for helping me to understand the problem I was having regarding the function of [i] in the example array. If you want to see his (presumably, although not necessarily?) explanation, check out my previous post and look in the comments section.

I’m obviously not ready to carry on with Free Code Camp’s JavaScript unit until I have a better grasp. So I’m circling back on myself (like ‘ spiral learning’ if you’re a teacher) so I have a better grounding before I get back on the horse.

I’m using ‘Sams Teach Yourself HTML, CSS and JavaScript’ (second edition). I’d found a copy in my local library and found it so good I bought a copy off ebay.  I’ve just finished chapter 4- Understanding JavaScript where it gets you to build a very, very basic clock.  I’m now looking at chapter 14 which is Getting Started with JavaScript Programming. Upto Chapter 18 seems to run parallel or a little ahead of where I am/was with FCC. So, presuming one chapter a day with Mondays being an enforced rest day due to other commitments, I ought to be back with FCC in a week. Allons-y!