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Jaqueline Vazquez
Jaqueline Vazquez

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Bittersweet GCode Reflection

For the past 8 weeks, I've meet with a group of amazing individuals from across the country and learned to code with them. Learning to code has been challenging but also very fun and rewarding, and definitely something I can see myself doing long term.

I have been working on a personal project as part of the cohort. I decided to create something simple and made a portfolio website for myself. I don't have too much to share yet, but I'll get there.

The html was very simple, I understand why we did not spend too much time learning that in our cohort. Styling was more challenging. I noticed that changing one part of my page could affect the rest, and found myself going through a lot of trial and error to get my page to look the way I wanted. Media queries took me the most time. For this first project I think the media queries have too much information. Much of the code repeats, but again I was nervous too change one media query and then suddenly have my page look off on a different size screen. It was good to practice and will make sure to continue to do so as I make more pages since responsive pages make a more accessible website.

I included very little javascript for now. I have to admit I mostly used code from other projects and google. Javascript is tough! I'm going to keep practicing using codecademy and my making more pages, eventually it'll stick. I will also give myself more breaks for upcoming projects. Coding for long periods of time is not it! Leaving the code and coming back really allowed me to see things I had missed before and make my page better. I will start scheduling more breaks since I discovered I work better this way.

It's been amazing starting this journey with our awesome cohort. Learning to create something from nothing felt very rewarding. Every time I look at a website now I think about all the work the software engineer behind it had to do so I could use it. I am so grateful to have been a part of this team. I am excited to continue learning and to see where this will take all of us! Onto the next project!

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