Django Settings

January 28, 2018

Django settings, like many Django features, are deceitfully simple. The Django boilerplate provides a settings file, you add some settings and you're done. But to get the most out of your app you'll need to spend a little more time getting things set up. If you're new to Django this overview should help get your app started on the right foot. I'll go over some of the basic variables your app will need. The important things to remember are to separate environments, remove all sensitive...

The Three No’s of Software Development

December 27, 2017

Part of my job is to estimate and evaluate new features. Can I do X? What if we tried Y? Sometimes I have...

Weeks Eleven and Twelve and The Iron Yard

September 21, 2015

These were the last two weeks of the program. I was head down in dev mode working on the final project so I'm lumping these together for a final post. Here we go.   Final Project Building RoadTable with my partner was easily the biggest challenge of the summer. We took a big risk and I think it's paid off well for us. This project was full of new technology we didn't have experience with. We had to allocate quite a...

Week Ten at The Iron Yard

September 10, 2015

Week one of final projects is down! This has by far been the most stressful week of my time here. My partner and I spent almost 60 hours at school working on this thing. It's a monster.   RoadTable My final project is an iPhone app called RoadTable. It's for people embarking on road trips to find cool restaurants along their route. Before your trip, you tell it your route and it returns the top restaurants that aren't too far off your path. As you get near your stop, it reminds...

Week Nine at The Iron Yard

September 6, 2015

This was the last week of lecture. I've enjoyed learning new and interesting things in the lectures, but I'm also excited to finally sink my teeth into the final project. My partner and I doing something crazy. I'll get into it in the next post when we start building it.   Lecture v Self-Teaching At this point I've had plenty of time to experience both of these. I taught myself HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript before going to The Iron Yard, and just finished up about two months...

Weeks Seven and Eight at The Iron Yard

August 26, 2015

I've fallen really behind on the blog. Sorry.   The Grind I've fallen into a fairly consistent flow of learning. I take what I'm taught each day and try to go a little bit further than is expected of me. But I'm starting to struggle with my interest in these projects. Now that I'm capable of making more complex applications on my own I get bored of making the little ones throughout the week. I enjoy the weekend labs much more than the one-day projects. I think it's because they...

Week Six at The Iron Yard

August 11, 2015

I'm always a couple days late posting these. Which sucks because I start to forget how my previous week went. I think it went well?   Making a Mess For the weekend project leading up to this week we made a Reddit clone. I called mine Condé Nasty. Hopefully somebody reading this gets that. My class didn't understand the reference. I found a group of nerds that don't use Reddit.   I got through all the requirements and felt accomplished for solving some of the harder...

Week Five at The Iron Yard

August 5, 2015

This week was pivotal. Not in a breakthrough of understanding kind of way. My learning has been more gradual and smooth than I expected and there hasn't been a particular day that something clicked. But this week was close.   Rails is Magic This week we learned just how powerful Rails is. From the little things is does that you don't have to think about to the huge things is does with ease. Chris usually walks us through the "old" or manual way of doing things first. This is...

Week Four at The Iron Yard

July 27, 2015

Great week. Learned some cool stuff. Made some cool stuff. Feel free to check my Github to see what I've been up to.   Rails! After a day of fiddling around with Sinatra, we took the dive into Rails. And it's awesome. I'm drawn to the Rails workflow because it feels natural. Dividing up the program based on it's behavior and passing the data around based on the program's needs is genius. This is a rare situation where my...

Week Three at The Iron Yard

July 22, 2015

This will probably be a short post. Week three was about html and css, the very basic building blocks of a website. I had taught myself this stuff over a year ago. Returning to it did give me some valuable insight though.   The Frontend I focused entirely on front end development when I was self-teaching. I'd say I've learned enough to have a valid opinion on the two. I definitely don't enjoy doing it as much as I've enjoyed making the backend logic with Ruby. I originally...