Software Development

During the last 3 months I decided to up my software development game and attend Makers Academy and my goodness that was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was able to learn so much in those 3 months and met so many interesting new people that I hoped it would never end, but all good things come to an end and here I am wandering in the wasteland of the real world having learnt a lot but with oh so much more to learn.
Some of the technologies I used at Makers Academy:

Ruby

Ruby

Rails

Rails

NodeJS

NodeJS

MongoDB

MongoDB

HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript

HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript

After graduation I very quickly realised that Makers Academy was only one of the first steps in my journey to become an established and professional software developer and now that it is over it is time for me to take my next step continuing to learn better was to develop good software and hopefully gain some experience at a company where I can create projects that will change people’s lives for the better. This week I decided to tackle some work on ReactJS one of the current trendy JavaScript frameworks which a lot of people love. I first heard about it from a few friends at Makers Academy but never got the opportunity to fully immerse myself in it but now time is all I have, well and a drive to find meaningful work but that is for a different blog post.

To learn ReactJS I took on a tutorial from hashnode.com, on which sadly the resources are outdated so I had to work to figure out what to do essentially translating information from my own resources to accomplish what they asked.

ReactJS is hard compared to a lot of other frameworks I’ve used, the creation of elements as components adds a very complex layer on top of the NodeJS+ Express back end however as I moved further through the challenges I began to see the benefits involved in the use of React the way it makes page loading faster through the use of components, the way you can manipulate the components before they’re rendered and mounted onto the DOM and just the pure fluidity of it when using JavaScript to manipulate the front end. The sheer difficulty I’ve run into learning React however has given me a spark that I was missing in my life before Makers Academy, I believe Makers Academy has given me a drive to just keep continuously learning new things and an efficient and effective way to learn and I hope to keep these qualities with me wherever my journey takes me next.

You can checkout some of my projects on: Github: https://github.com/Taziva

Portfolio: http://codepen.io/SHOIII/pen/PzWwpg

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Samurai Jack Season 5 is Back | Adult Swim

After 12 years the visual treat Samurai Jack is back and good gracious is it still glorious. The series is now much darker as Jack has wandered around Aku’s land for 50 years haunted and tortured by his incomplete mission. The series retains everything that made it great 12 years ago but brings so much more, it’s a richer emotional experience with extra depth and although only 1 episode is out so far I can’t wait to witness the rest of this great tale.

Shonichi – There’s A First Time For Everything

After 16 hours of travel finally made it to my destination South Africa, went through Dubai didn’t really see much as I had to catch my flight however I believe my expectations on Dubai were just a bit too audacious as I was expect to be transfered between flights on automated gold chariots but the modest air conditioned buses make a nice touch. I think Dubai would be a great place to visit if I had the money however on my austerity budget the temptation to buy any thing and everything was cancelled out by my intention to remain financially stable. So I sat and waited patiently at the gate.
Upon arriving to South Africa it immediately reminded me of the Zimbabwe airport just that most things here actually work. Leaving the airport I realised that most of the warnings I had been given before my trip were simply exaggerations; my bag wasn’t stolen at the baggage claim and I wasn’t mugged for my phone, wallet, and shoes. However the most we had to deal with was an unhelpful parking attendant accusing us of swapping parking tickets with another car. We hadn’t.

Upon leaving began my first day here in which I got to see where my family members here worked and lived. There’s a lot of really nice places here which I’ll write about when I get a proper chance to check them out.

Stray observations:

There are some really nice purple lights on the motorway. They’re toll gates 😒

Food is really cheap here compared to to London had a humongous meal here for the price of a pint at most London Bars.

Got into an argument about parking which cost about 20 Rand = £1.20. Heathrow it would’ve cost £6…

I have no Rands here just $18 in cash. Not helpful need an ATM.

Song of the day: ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’ by Avenged Sevenfold

Francis and the Lights – Farewell, Starlite!

Francis and the Lights – Farewell, Starlite!

I am currently deep in love with this album, it’s got that all time great Autumn/Fall feeling. The sparse production gives it those reclusive lonesome feeling vibes that best encapsulate the thoughts of many before cuffing season officially begins.The great cold mechanical cyborg vocal effects add that extra abrasive chill factor that makes this such an alluring experience, I could listen to this all season and next season too. Thank you Francis and the Lights!

Best Songs: See Her Out, My Citys Gone & It’s Alright to Cry.

 

Back from the dead!

The last year has been an experience but now I’m almost back and going for a quick visit to South Africa. My passion for music has also been revitalised as I break out of my windowless cage and I also have a new passion for technology as I journey to learn more about web development and software engineering, which I will also be blogging about on top of the music. The grass is green, the skies are blue and the life is ours.

God Bless Us All!