My Udacity React Nanodegree Experience

Who: Hello World. My name is Julian French and I’m a Front End Developer. I’ve always thought these types of article series were useful, so I decided to do one myself.

TLDR: Follow me as I make weekly updates about my progress with Udacity’s React Nanodegree.

What: Today I start Udacity’s 4 month React Nanodegree Program. If you’re not quite sure what Udacity is, I’ll give a quick explanation. Google says, “Udacity, Inc. is a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky offering massive open online courses. According to Thrun, the origin of the name Udacity comes from the company’s desire to be ‘audacious for you, the student.’” My definition would be, “Udacity is a website that people visit to learn Computer Science and all its different branches, including the professional side of the realm.” If you’re not sure what React is, it’s a an open source JavaScript library for building user interfaces and it’s maintained by Facebook.

Why: As an aspiring Front End Developer and a life long learner, I try to live by the mantra, “if you want something you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done before.” When I was younger, and I wanted to learn a new language, I would literally pack my bags and move to a new country. I wanted to apply that dedication to my mastery of React, and I’m ALWAYS down for a challenge.

How: Grit! I’ll be balancing a day job, a volunteer gig as a Vue.js developer, a side project here in the city, computer science classes at a local community college, growing my knowledge of Amazon Web Services, and my personal life (or what’s left of it). Below is actual footage of me on my Mac.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the program, want to test me and my React skills, or just want to say hello, come find me on LinkedIn!