YadaGuru Update

The YadaGuru team

In addition to my position at 50onRed, I have continued to volunteer for CodeForPhilly. I work on a project called YadaGuru, a college application reminder app, which I posted about before. At the time of that post (June), we were working on MVP, with a goal to release it to a group of test users to get some feedback.

During the rest of the summer, we finished building the admin portion of the app, and our guidance counselor, Katelyn, was able to finish writing all of the reminder content. We also added a Google Calendar integration, the ability to save as a PDF, and an option to export to iCal. Through the help of Katelyn, we also had a group of students from The City School ready to test out our app.

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Callbacks

So, this past week I completed my first major task for Hangify. We are currently working on version 1.0 of the iOS mobile app. The app’s front end is written in Angular, and then we use Cordova platform and the Ionic framework to compile to an iOS app. One of my jobs in this sprint was to refactor storage of login credentials from local browser storage to native application storage on the iDevice.

At our sprint planning meetings, we begin by going through our tasks in Asana from the previous sprint, which hopefully have all been finished. After that, we assign new tasks to everyone for the next sprint, and assign each task a number from the Fibonacci series to quantify how difficult/how long the will be. Read MoreCallbacks

Hangify

Hangify Logo

Ugh, was February 5th really my last post? There goes my New Year’s Resolution of blogging regularly. Well anyway, I feel like I have a good excuse this time…

The last month-and-a-half have been a crazy-awesome learning experience for me. I wanted to take some time to reflect on this time, as it has been very exciting.

It all started at the January Philadelphia JavaScript Developers Meetup. After the presentations, we were hanging out at a nearby bar/restaurant. Usually, I don’t really know anyone at these meetups, so I try to make an effort to sit with someone I don’t know, tell my story, and ask for advice. Read MoreHangify

Building for a client – The Hair Saloon and More

Hair Saloon and More

Prior to my latest project, most of my projects have been built either for myself, my wife, or friends. While I was confident with my abilities at this point, I had not yet had the opportunity to build something for someone who I would consider a real “client.” Recently, I had this opportunity, and wanted to document my experience in building a website for an actual client.

I regularly get my haircut at a small business local to me called The Hair Saloon and More. About a year ago, I decided that I would keep my hair cut very short. While I am happy with the look, I have the unfortunate problem of rapidly growing hair, and have to get my haircut about every 2-3 weeks to maintain it. I’ve gotten to know the owners well, and enjoy my regular visits. Read MoreBuilding for a client – The Hair Saloon and More

Lingo and Explorations in JavaScript

A screenshot of the project Lingo

One of my favorite game shows from back in the mid 2000’s was the game Lingo. My wife and I used to occasionally watch the show, and would play each other on the online Flash version. Soon after this, the show went off the air, and eventually the game disappeared from the Internet. My wife and I continued to play Lingo in paper-and-pencil format, usually on the back of diner place-mats.

For those who have never played the game before, here is the general idea: You have to guess a five-letter word to which you are given the first letter. After each guess is made, you are told whether each character that you guess is: 1) in the word, and/or 2) in the correct position in the word. Read MoreLingo and Explorations in JavaScript

New Year Update

2015 New Year

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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How I Got Here – Part 3

After creating a few projects for others, I decided it was time to create a website for myself. I was unknowingly going through a bit of an identity crisis at the time. I hadn’t figured out the difference between a web designer and a web developer. I guess I always assumed that both jobs were done by the same person.

I also had thought about the possibility of freelancing at this point, so I purchased the domain derricowebdesign.com (which now just redirects to this blog). I then created my fourth project, a landing page/personal business site: D’Errico Web Design:

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Philly JS Dev October Meetup

Phila JS Logo

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

How I Got Here – Part 1

This is the first post of in a series of “My Story” articles which detail how I got here. Though the posts are numbered, they are not necessarily in chronological order. I generally view my start in web development with the creation of my first project. From that point forward, many events have lead up to today, the day I launch this blog. The next several posts in the series will detail this adventure in coding.

I also plan on going back and exploring the past, because as mentioned in the About page, I have long been interested in computers and technology in general, and that interest lead to where I am today. I also look forward to adding new chapters to my story as I continue to move through my career as a web developer.

So, how did I get here?

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