So... today I had another meetup event at the SpotDesk office in NYC, It was somewhat rough, although overall I was happy with how it turned out. I think in general everyone was at a much more beginner level than I was expecting. We live and we learn, and hopefully down the line we still remember what we learn. I'm writing this blog post to help me remember what I've learned.
I recently participated in a hackathon in San Francisco. I had found the hackathon from meetup.com, but I later learned that it was actually hosted through devpost.com.
It's 10pm, and I just got home about 15 minutes ago from the trek to NYC. I was at another software development meetup event today, but this time it was different; this time I was giving the presentation! During the last day of my Angular class I had to present my project: ng-nj.org. When I was finished I thought to myself, "Hey, I kind of want some more of that", and I was finally feeling knowledgable enough to be able to give other people some solid advice so I made an event happen and gave a presentation.
Hour of Code exercises Link - https://code.org/learn/
There are a lot of hoops and traps to get past when setting up an IDE, and this can be a real turn-off for kids. I can remember when I was an early teenager trying to set up eclipse or flash builder. I really had no idea what I was doing, and I was either trying random things as if hacking away at forest brush with a machette or following along step-by-step with an online guide. It's tough for beginners, and it's a shame that most kids give up or are too afraid to start, and they never really get to the funs part of coding; deciding how to use the given api to build things, solving a problem to get the code working as you intended, or seeing something that you made run.
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