Devmountain Boot Camp
After dabbling in web design and pulling in a few freelance projects, I decided to make the leap and go into a full-time, immersive, full stack web development bootcamp. I chose Devmountain because it was rated as one of the best bootcamps (Best Colleges, Course Report, and Switch Up). It was equal parts tough and fun, frustrating and satisfying, long and fast, but more than anything it solidified my passion for coding. I really do enjoy coding's melding of pure logic and infinite creativity.
My first main project was a clone of the Economist News Website. With a degree in Journalism, I've always been passionate about what's happening in the world and the Economist is my favorite source. So I thought what better site to clone than one I am on all the time.
The project was my first full stack project. Since the site is informative rather than interactive, the crux was aligning all the comments from the database to attach to their users and to only the particular article the user commented on. I also used only one paragraph from the articles to avoid copyright infringement. It took me two weeks, but it turned out great. I won the award for Best Presentation in the cohort.
This was the highlight of the bootcamp for me as I really enjoyed working in a team. I believe our site is a really good compromise between everything that each team member wanted. My main contributions were creating the background video and setting up the maps. While the video was straightforward, the maps could be very difficult at times. But everything can be figured out, and I was able to get them working just as we wanted to. Besides that I focused mostly on making the page responsive.