With my group project completed and presented and the new cohort starting today, I thought I would take some time to welcome the new class and share some survival tips!
- The “Parking structure that’s down the street” in the FAQ is Horton Plaza’s Fruits and Vegetable parking structureIf you are planning on paying for monthly parking enter in through the G street entrance on either 2nd or 3rd street, grab a ticket and after class head to the parking office by entering the garage from 4th street where the cars come in and turning left or by navigating to the 3rd floor of the vegetable side of the garage. They will waive that day’s fee when you sign up. Monthly parking card holders must enter through the 2nd or 3rd street entrances from G street by scanning their card as they enter before they reach the ticket dispenser. Don’t keep taking tickets after you get the card and then go ask them about what you should do with all of the tickets you took over the course of a week. They don’t like that.
- Never take G street out of downtown at rush hourI made the mistake of leaving at 5 PM exactly a few times. Never again. G street might as well be a parking lot between the hours of 4:45 and 5:45 PM. If you are trying to reach any of the freeways, there is a shortcut out through the monthly parking entrance through the 3rd floor of the vegetable side that is sometimes available that will put you out on 1st street that you can take all the way to Broadway. From there you can go down Broadway until 11th street for the 163-N and 5-N or 17th street for the 5-S. If you must leave through the G street exits, go straight instead of turning onto G street and turn onto Market from which you can reach the aforementioned cross streets.
- Required prework is requiredI joined the summer cohort really late so I had about 5 days to get at least 1,000 points on Treehouse. It was a pain to get through, but 15 hours of videos over the weekend were absolutely vital to surviving the first weeks of class. The required prework is very much required, and if this particular course wasn’t emphasized, I am going to highly recommend that everyone take the HTML/CSS course on Treehouse”How to build a Website – with Nick Pettit”. This particular class is a good introduction to HTML and CSS, the two languages that will form the basic skeleton of all of your projects. Also, if you complete all of the Workspaces exactly as Nick does it, you can pull them up from the video and copy different things that you would like to add to your first assignments. Treehouse is invaluable for working examples of code snippets that you can use with video walkthroughs on what each part of the code actually does so I would really make the most out of the subscription.
- Everything is “Fun”This course is hard. And why wouldn’t it be? In 3 months we will be joining the ranks of an intensely technical field that people go to college and get 4-year degrees to enter. It’s easy to get caught up in the swirling maelstrom of deadlines and projects and forget that this is a class, and learning is supposed to be fun. You’re not building something that has to go live tomorrow with millions of users. You don’t have 8 different bosses breathing down your neck. Take that pressure off of yourself, and play with the code. Break it, see how it breaks, put it back together and see what amazing things you can build. You’re here to learn, so try to approach each new problem and bug as a challenge to be overcome with a smile, rather than a task that must be grudgingly completed .
It was great meeting the few of you that came to our group project presentation on Friday! If you guys need any help or have any questions, we are just around the corner. Good luck, and have fun!