Free Code Camp Meetup and coding update.

So on Sunday I went to my first Free Code Camp meetup. I drove a bit over three and a half hours to get there, from Horseshoe Bend Arkansas (a tiny town surrounded by other tiny towns. I swear I may be the only coder here) to Fayetteville, Arkansas, a booming town of roughly 75,000 and counting, with a strong tech community.

I have yet to find a group closer to me, so forming my own is probably going to be on my list. The meetup was super fun. We met at one coffee shop that apparently had summer hours no one new about, which meant that they were closed on Sunday. After we all gathered there, we drove to another, smaller and equally busy coffee house. The coffee was delicious, but the back of the building where we managed to squeeze in was hot! I was glad I got the cold drink.

I stayed for maybe two hours and got to know some of the people in the group. All told I think there were ten of us there. I’m definitely planning to go again, and I’m also trying to figure out the best way to set up a coding group in my area. Most of the people I know or have run into at work are either farmers, factory workers or people in the medical field. Those are the primary options for jobs in the area, anyone doing tech is probably running their own business or working for a cell phone store (me).

I’m thinking about advertising in some of the free local things to see if I can garner any interest.

I’m working on finishing up things now. I feel as if I have a good grasp of JavaScript and how it works, enough for me to move past it in my boot-camp course. I had taken a bit of a hiatus to practice more because I didn’t want to advance if I didn’t understand the material. Now that I do, I feel comfortable moving forward a bit more and also I’ve found some material that will let me keep practicing JavaScript as I go along. I discovered 30 JavaScript projects in 30 days which hopefully will keep me getting better in pure JavaScript while I advance into other topics such as JQuery etc.

As an aside, If you’ve read any of my earlier posts, I’m keeping track of both the amount of days I have coded straight, and the #100daysofcode that I’m currently doing. I don’t know why, it just seems like a thing to do. So I usually post 2 numbers instead of just the one. So it should be Day 92 of days coded, and day 65 of my 100 days. I came close to not coding a couple days due to some computer issues, but still managed to get some work done on my phone.

At this point coding has become a habit. If I think I might not code I immediately feel bad, which is a good thing. It means that this is something I now want to do very badly, and quitting isn’t an option. It usually takes me awhile to get to that point.

Next up: 100 days of drawing, 100 days of working out or something. I’m on some kind of a roll, lol.