Goals: And what reaching them will look like

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Goals: And what reaching them will look like

Main goal is to be competent enough to be of value in a workplace setting.


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But my short-term goal is just to get better at coding.
Not only so I can be productive but so I can build projects that excite me.

So this post is an assessment, a starting point of what I know and what I need to work on.

What can I do?
What do I need to be able to do?
Do I know what I will need to be able to do? No not really.
How will I prove what I can do (if I need to)?

As I don't know what I don't know, I initially intend to focus on getting better with core concepts.

โญ๏ธ Represents tasks I'm feeling especially anxious or unsure about about.

๐Ÿ“ฆ Represents not a stand-alone project but to be incorporated into other projects that bundle together my knowledge.

๐Ÿ”„ Represents a perfect swap out for time-killing activities like tv, gaming, commuting etc

When will I do all this:

  • Dedicated practice time

  • Mentoring sessions

  • While TV is on and I would usually just be mindlessly browsing

  • Work breaks and commute time

What do I need to work on

Improve foundation knowledge of PHP

I know how to work with and write simple php scripts.

  • Practice the fundamentals frequently. (2-3 times a week making use of new learnings and engaging in exercises and resources in w3 resource & code wars type sites). ๐Ÿ”„

  • Use knowledge to create own general projects - which increase in complexity. (4-5 a month) practicing syntax and programmatic thinking

  • I need to be able to understand and incorporate the work of others into projects by reading the repo's created by others and contributing. โญ๏ธ

Learn the laravel framework

Currently, I have some understanding of how aspects of the laravel framework works

  • improve on building crud applications (so i don't need to reference and can explain without referencing).

  • be able to incorporate the work of others meaning I understand it and how to use it without help.

  • improve on testing (so I can explain without referencing).

Get better with layouts

My current CSS and HTML is rusty, there is much that's new and much i never had a grasp of in the fist place

  • Get a grasp of structural layouts. ๐Ÿ”„

  • Learn some of the interesting and fun aspects of CSS and animation. ๐Ÿ”„

  • Learn about modern HTML page structures and incorporate them into general projects. ๐Ÿ”„

  • Take on the challenges in code pen (1 a week) ๐Ÿ”„

  • Make my website look more.... fancy!

  • Be able to use tools like Tailwind and Bootstrap

Improve foundation knowledge of Javascript

I don't know much about Javascript, but my PHP experience helps me understand its components. I already see there are lots of avenues

  • Know how to recognise parts of Javascript, practice syntax and programmatic thinking. ๐Ÿ”„

  • Be able to confidently talk about how data is passed about in a script basically know what is going on.

  • Be able to make use of other people's code in my own work ๐Ÿ“ฆ

  • Be able to tell the difference between JS, JQuery and recognise when things like node, typescript, vue, react, inertia and other JS extras are used.

  • know what a framework like vue can do for a projects, how to make use of the JS concepts I know so far ๐Ÿ“ฆ


I know I need to work with databases but I don't know how to create and connect to them.

  • Learn the commands and do exercises on a w3 resource-type site to help me learn an SQL-type language to interact. (1 - 2 times a week) ๐Ÿ”„

  • Learn the difference between the language and how to make use of databases in Laravel by incorporating them into projects. โญ๏ธ

  • Make use of the knowledge in PHP projects.

Be competent with dev environment and tools

I have a grasp of what tools are needed but not their capabilities, usecases or application.

  • Gain competence with my IDE ๐Ÿ”„

  • Be better informed into what needed to be installed on my machine so I could even write my first line of code and it's time, place and purpose.

Portfolio building

No presence beyond this git hub

  • Build Projects

  • Upload to GitHub frequently

  • Create repositories and share my work โญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

  • Maintain my website

  • Contribute to the work of others on GitHub โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

  • Blog frequently about what am up to on Hashnode โญ๏ธโญ๏ธ ๐Ÿ”„

  • Engage with other developers on social โญ๏ธโญ๏ธ ๐Ÿ”„

  • Get comfortable talking about my work to an audience (YouTube to practise) โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

  • Share frontend work in places like code pen โญ๏ธ

What I already have in my favour

โœ… Experience of strong proximity to a development team enough to understand how a team operates, functions and communicates, plans work, and allocates tasks.

โœ… Related to the above I also have a strong sense of the resource and community available to the industry and know how and where to look for help.

โœ… Foundations of knowledge of how coding works (if not the exact syntax) as well as tools of the job, although much has changed.

โœ… Testing experience including Jira.

โœ… Research and development experience, particularly on the financial and recording side.

โœ… Contacts, people who are already in the industry.

โœ… Experience with technical writing.

This list may be a little much, but I can revisit and adjust if needed after a month or so.

So I will set myself a revisit on December 1st in 2 months.
I will assess strengths, weaknesses, what I'm doing with my knowledge and the styles of projects I'm building.
(and yes that will be after I've put up the Christmas tree) ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ„

In case you are curious this self-assessment took me about 1hr 15min to write up. #INTJ