Learning is like a Treasure So Be a Pirate and Make a Map

As a developer the constant learning is real so why go about it blind. I recently have set a goal for myself to become more savvy with Node.JS and also hone in my skill with Vue.js just to make a more valuable programmer. You will see this adventure on the blog as I will post my findings and learning process, but first I knew for this to be successful I would need a plan or outline. Randomly one of my favorite quotes is from Martha Stewart “Life is too complicated not to be orderly”. Now I am not 100% positive that is from her but on my daily quote challenge I came across this and it stuck.


The Plan

Now I have been self learning basically all the various JS technologies out there for the last year but because I have spread myself to thin I knew that a focus was needed. The plan is to have a daily to do for both Node.js and Vue.js as to me it seems having an in depth knowledge of node assists with deployment of the Vue.js applications and many other applications. First I am going to start with my fundamental resources which is Freecodecamp.com and Pluralsight. The reason for this is well my year of Pluralsight which I have not used that much has some good Vue.js courses and challenging projects. The Freecodecamp does not have Vue but does have some good fundamental Node.js information to go over.



The Path To Gold


Instead of just going through the learning I am going to document daily for myself on whatever I learn and then re-explain it for retention in word form. If possible I am also going to attempt to sketch out any notes of what I have learned. Now I have been focusing on fundamental JS for years so this is going to be more high level in hopes for it to stick. Then come the tutorials like this one from Scotch.io which is an amazing source for articles and tutorials. The goal is to find reasons to combine both JS technologies to have a foundation.



Reality Check at the End

This is a personal 30-60 challenge to be able to say yes I know both Node and Vue well enough for say a freelance project, interview, ect. I am not expecting to be a pro but I am tired of being a jack of all trades in a way but not a master nadda. I am also not expecting one or 2 tutorials and a notebook to make feel confident enough to say I am done and know the learning will continue. But and a big but is I will then feel good enough to challenge myself for a hackathon or go to a Vue meet up with confidence to understand some material, or go to an event like all things open and not be like well I do not know any of this.



After a Pirate gets the Treasure

Self growth is so important as a developer and by challenging  yourself is the only way I think. I have been building wordpress sites for a few years now and also troubleshooting random software that people want to use, but my passion is to create beautiful code that runs on a server that I can say hey “I did that”. To any that read this or to my future self that is like WTF is this I wrote about pirates, its all about the challenges that make us grow, so if you are not setting daily, monthly or yearly goals what are you doing.

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