New Year Update

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Wow, I haven’t posted in over a month and a half! It has been a busy November and December, with work, family, and the holidays keeping me busy. Unfortunately, I had less and less time to devote to coding (as made evident by that sad contributions chart on my GitHub page). However, being a teacher has the lovely perk of having a whole week off after Christmas, and this has allowed me to get back into the habit again.

So… what have I been doing?

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Learning Laravel

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I recently decided to start to learn Laravel. I had heard a great introduction to server-side languages and frameworks on Episode 6 of the StartHere.fm podcast, and decided it was about time I figured out what this ‘framework’ thing was all about.

I was originally gravitating towards learning Node.js, since I have been spending more time with the JavaScript community by attending the PhillyJS Meetups. I started on some Node tutorials, but got quickly lost. I felt like I was in over my head, and that I was missing some fundamentals of JavaScript. I downloaded Eloquent JavaScript, and was working on the exercises, but I lost interest, as I felt there wasn’t anything immediately applicable there. Read MoreLearning Laravel

Philly JS Dev October Meetup

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Back in August, I started attending Philadelphia JavaScript Developers meetups. Last night, I attended their October meetup, which was the third one I was able to attend.

The first talk, called “Jammin’ in the Console,” was an amazing presentation by Kyle Stetz, a front end developer at P’unk Ave in Philadelphia. Kyle has created an app called Lissajous, which is a wrapper for the web audio api, that allows you to perform music in realtime by writing JavaScript code in the Chrome (or Firefox) developer console. In the talk, Kyle demonstrated the app with a fascinating live musical performance. He went on to talk about how he designed the api to be light on syntax (easy to type), as well as future plans for the app. Read MorePhilly JS Dev October Meetup