I graduated…now it’s time to start learning!!!

Duane OdumI am officially a college graduate with a degree in Computer Information Sciences and having been lucky enough to be hired as a developer before graduation I have come to the realization that getting my diploma is just the beginning of very long but very rewarding journey.  I did well in school if I do say so myself, but I am well aware that I need a lot of work as developer.  With that being said I am going to embark on a journey of “self-enlightenment” over the next 3 years.  I am going to start what I am calling the “New Every Two” journey.  My goal is to become proficient with a new programming language, technology, or concept every two months.

I am very aware of the fact that this is going to be a very difficult task but by my calculations I was working about 48 hours a week and spending about 12-16 hours a week on school work over the past 3 years.  My goal is to spend at least 10 hours a week either becoming proficient in a “new to me” technology or becoming an “expert” on a technology I am already familiar with.  I use the quotation marks on expert because I realize that term is thrown around very loosely nowadays and I do not want to be guilty of doing so as well.  When I say expert I am saying expert for my level of experience.  I want to be better at whatever I am doing than someone at a similar level of experience throughout my career.  So my definition of expert will change 3 years from now, 5 years from now, and so on.

I am going to start my journey by really digging into JavaScript and JQuery.  In school my focus was on C# and building applications.  I had one class that encompassed HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and that was about the extent of my familiarity with JavaScript.  After working as a developer for a few months I am quickly learning that JavaScript is going to be vital to my success as a developer and I really need to have a better understanding of how to use JavaScript and JQuery to my advantage.

Over the next two months I will be making bi-weekly blog posts on my journey through the world of JavaScript and hopefully in doing so it will reinforce everything that I am learning.  If you read a post and have a better method for accomplishing the objective or even have a good resource to aid me in my journey I welcome all input.  Wish me luck.

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