Before we get started, I want to let you, the reader know, I plan to keep this updated for the foreseeable future. So, if something is broken, PLEASE let me know in the comments so I can fix it. I’m hoping to never have package installs with explicit version numbers unless absolutely necessary.

So you’ve learned some React and built a few things. You’ve probably used create-react-app or react-slingshot to get off the ground quickly with minimal configuration. However, now you’re ready to venture out on your own with your very own React boilerplate.

WHERE. TO. START?

I recently faced this same dilemma…


I recently shared my portfolio site with the Free Code Camp Nashville group and got some inquiries into some of the technologies and features I used to build it. So I figured I’d share all aspects of the site and some steps to utilizing the same tools I did.

Should I build my site from scratch?

When I asked this question to the ever helpful NashDev community I received a resounding “No” from Senior devs. This might seem counter intuitive, however, the overall thought process was if you’re just starting out, unless you’re looking to be considered a designer, then using something someone else has already done…


On Saturday, October 7, we had our monthly freeCodeCamp Nashville meetup at Nashville Software School. As always it was good times.

We were supposed to have a guest speaker. But at the last minute they couldn’t make it. So our very own superstar and freeCodeCamp Nashville Co-Organizer Dave Harned stepped in and crushed it.

He presented a Crash Course on Node.js. You can find the repo here. Excuse the work in progress readme. Like most things, it’s not perfect. Feel free to open a Pull Request and shore up those docs!

I’m going to walk through what Dave presented so…


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As a recent boot camp graduate it’s odd that I feel the boot camp industry is failing their graduates. However, with two large boot camps closing in the month of July there has been a lot of talk in the coding education space. I’ve been able to chat with graduates of The Iron Yard as well as other boot camp grads out there. I’ve also seen the gripes of Senior Developers as well as boot camp grads who are 6 months post graduation and still not finding employment. So I decided to dig into the data some.

I started looking…


So I thought that being finished with school would make life a little simpler. I was wrong. Between attending meetups, networking, doing career prep stuff, accepting a Teaching Assistant position at Flatiron School, continuing to learn new topics, doing algorithm challenges, interviewing, and extending my projects, I’m very busy. Oh yeah, and writing my blog at least once a week. Oh, and watching the kiddos full time while my wife is at work. I’m actually ending up doing less coding than I would like. However, I know in time this will change. I’ll be all done with my career prep…


I think this picture is pretty accurate as to how I feel right now. A pawn crowned king. I passed my final assessment the first time through and have officially been a graduate of Flatiron School for a week now. I’m also lucky enough to have a full time job right out of school. A full time job looking for a job that is :-p. It’s amazing how in depth the job search can be. However, when you are provided with a solid framework to follow it’s nice to see the pieces just start falling into place. With my choice…


It’s been about 3 weeks since I last blogged. I put my head down and sprinted towards the finish line. I can’t say that I’m 100% done, yet, but I will be soon. I have completed my final portfolio project and have my assessment for it tomorrow. I must say, Redux threw me for one while working on this project. I hit many stumbling blocks building this project. I think my sprint was alittle ambitious and I ended up not knowing the Redux stuff as in depth as I wanted to. I definitely created some of my own frustration because…


So I’m banging away at my jQuery project. I got hung up on some code tonight but got it working right before I stopped for the night! I was stoked! So what was I stuck on? In my app a user can create as many places as they want. Each place can have as many items as they want. A user can look at a specific item and see the name of it, the rating they gave it, any notes they wrote about it and where the item is available (the places they’ve added it to). …


I’ve been moving along as of late. Today I was able to knock out my Tic-Tac-Toe in jQuery project. Well, it’ll be done VERY soon. I paired with another student Henno who’s in a time zone 7 hours ahead of mine. I had just started and he was looking for a partner so while he read upon the project and had a bit I got the first three controller tests to pass. I did hit an issue though where my active_model_serialiers gem was the most up to date version and that was causing an issue with what the test wanted…


I’ve reached the 100 day mark. I have to say, I honestly thought I’d be done by now. I’m 82% of the way there. It’s going to be a mad dash to the end. I really, really, really don’t want to pay another full month’s tuition when I finish a few days into that billing cycle. So it’s pretty simple. I have to finish by June 27th. We’ll see what happens. I have a back up plan if I’m literally working on my final project and I’m sure I’m not going to make it. …

Seth Alexander

Husband & Daddy. Engineer @EvidenceCare. @FlatironSchool graduate.

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