The Iron Yard

Day 25

Well, it’s Friday. The day of our presentations. Except today we are on a field trip to begin the day. We went to Perpetual Storage, Inc. in Sandy, UT located in the Little Cottonwood Canyon. They are a data storage facility built inside a granite mountain. Cell phones don’t work inside. The security is tight just to enter the facilities, not to mention actually getting inside their complex. It’s amazing to say the least. There is only one entrance/exit. Once inside, you are underneath between 50 and 200 feet of solid granite rock. It’s earthquake proof. The thing I took away from the tour was that everybody, from citizen to business owner, should have their data backed up…it’s not a matter of if you are going to be hacked, but when. Most of us don’t even know that we have been hacked. Where better than one of the top storage facilities in the world, especially if it is in your own back yard? I don’t know the specifics or how we were able to take the tour, but I highly recommend going if you ever have the chance. I know we can’t just walk up and ask to tour the facilities.

For our presentations today, I decided to hone my skills on fat-arrow functions ( => ). I recreated a video from YouTube and made my own presentation out of it. I can’t believe how fast ten minutes was. I was barely into my presentation with developing the constructors when I had already gone past six minutes. I had completed the functions earlier and had them tabbed in my Atom text editor, so clicked through to the end and transformed one .filter function to its => equivalent. I also had the remaining three original functions already transformed so I could show the degree to which the functions were shortened. I had over 280 characters in the original and just over 200 characters with the fat-arrow functions. I could have been under the 200-mark if I had changed ‘event’ to ‘e’ in the four functions.

This next week we are learning React.js. Our class of eight was broken into four teams to learn two portions each. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how things are progressing. The part I had begins with the initial tree and building the .js files with their respective ‘require’ statements. I also had the part that talks about how to use JavaScript to make changes in the DOM. I’m going to have to go over this numerous times and practice even more before I feel comfortable with it, though.

~KJB

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