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A Simple Webpage by Sebastian D’Arena

Contact Info:

Sebastian D’Arena
Email: sebastian.darena@gmail.com
Mobile: 802.489.6860

About Me:

Hi! I’m Sebastian, and I would love to start a career in software engineering. I have been teaching myself how to write code for a little over 6 mos. now. Whenever I get to a certain point, whether in HTML, CSS, Javascript, or Ruby, I “hit a wall”. I believe if given the opportunity to attend General Assembly I’ll get over that wall.

Since I’ve started learning I find myself looking at websites, mobile apps, cars, nearly everything we interact with differently. What I mean by that is I could make the local pizza restaurant’s website a better UX/ UI. I could make it so customers don’t have to download a PDF of the menu, I could make it so a customer can order online rather than calling in. And by doing these things I could provide the restaurant with data on which items are ordered most, at what times, on what days. I do this all the time– I used to think: how can any business not have a website? Now I look at the website and think why can’t I click on a link? Why can’t I place my order through the site? Why can’t my phone’s home screen interact directly with my car’s dashboard?

My reasons for applying to the software engineer immersion are most likely not that different from most people– I currently work at a job that doesn’t challenge me, isn’t very rewarding, and I’m underpaid, but it’s more than that. The more I learn about each different language I start to think of all the possible applications for those languages. Better health care devices that provide valuable insights by gathering data, or analytics for athletic performance, and creating smart grids. The possiblities are literally endless.

I’ve had a couple of different careers in my life but none of them got me as excited, challenged me, and provided an opportunity to make a difference in so many different ways. I’m a fast learner, a hard worker, have been a top performer, & I’m determined to become a software engineer. I hope this web page is a small step in the process.

To boot, or not to boot?

Day 2 of my journal of the journey… I didn’t actually do any coding today b/c I worked on an application for admission to a course that is starting waaay closer to home, which means I don’t have to move, which means I can save tons of money.  Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be admitted.

I think anyone that is trying to teach themselves how to code has gone to Dr. Google’s colleague, Professor YouTube; while trying not to waste hours going thru videos of crap and people selling stuff I found quite a few vids that said going to a Bootcamp is a waste of money.  Almost all of them claim to have gone from zero to full stack DiCaprio by using forums like stack overflow I started asking myself if I should stick to teaching myself b/c why not? And I would save all that tuition money… After thinking about it and weighing the pros and cons I’m planning to enroll if  I get accepted.

What’s in a name?

Sooo… This is my first blog post–EVER.  And it’s also the first time I’m attempting to learn coding (or programming? or web development?) Once again, at a different time, for different reasons, I am a virgin.  The intent of this blog is to share what it’s like for me to learn what it takes to be a full stack developer.  Admittedly, blogging wasn’t even on my radar when I decided to take this on but, after asking Dr. Google what to do, it was suggested that blogging would be a good way to keep a journal and maintaining the site itself would be a good experience with web dev.  I’ll keep this 1st post short but my goal is to post at least 4x/ wk, keep it light, and hopefully connect with some new people along the way.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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