You know what. There’s no point in building this up. Let's nip this in the butt and address the elephant in the room. My biggest issue with WordPress is…


There. I said it. It’s the world’s most popular server programming language in use today, used by 75% of all web servers. And I tolerate it.

Why do I have beef with PHP?

Well, it all started about two or three months ago in November of 2016. I was learning web development in order to make my design portfolio website. My initial idea was to build it behind WordPress so I started learning how to make custom themes. In the process, I had started coding PHP for the themes and realized my demise. When I write PHP, I feel like I’m dancing with a corpse. There is no life to it. It is a dead carcass that only reacts when shaken. And so shortly after, I sought alternative resources to learn web development.

That’s when I came to the wonderful folks at FreeCodeCamp. Their program is based fully on JavaScript programming. And let me tell you, as I am learning JavaScript, I LIKE IT. Yeah, I’m saying it loud and proud because JS gets a lot of flak for reasons I’m not quite sure of. I often hear that many in the tech community don’t enjoy JS development.

So with that in mind, I have decided to take JS as far as I can. I will eventually migrate this blog to a completely JavaScript-based ecosystem.

This year my plan is to learn as much about JS and it’s popular frameworks as possible, so that I can make something of a career out of development. Here’s my 2017 dev to-do list:

  • Learn Vanilla JavaScript to competency
  • Learn to work with ReactJS and Node.js
  • Learn full stack development with the M.E.R.N. Stack (MongoDB, Express, React, Node.js)
  • Learn to work with Git, Github, versioning, and a modern dev workflow
  • Build some basic web apps (e.g. – to-do list app, extension for Reddit, etc.)
  • Start working with React Native to learn mobile app development
  • Contribute to an open-source project (e.g. – Anki)
  • Learn a bit of Python
  • Blog about my progress and hold myself publicly accountable

UPDATE as of December 2017: okay so I didn't get it all done yet, but quite a bit was accomplished. I am proud of my progress!

As for that last point on the list, I would encourage more people to publicly log their progress and accomplishments. The fact that you have to come out and say something keeps you more motivated to do it. I got the idea from a guy named Alexander Kallaway when he spoke on CodeNewbie. Which reminds me:

I would like to give the CodeNewbie Podcast a shout-out. It has been very inspiring to hear stories of other developers and how they got to where they are in there coding journeys. I enjoy the talks, and the host, Saron, along with her guest(s) reference a lot of learning and productivity resources near the end of each episode.

I’ve got a React workshop coming up that spans three Saturdays and a Node workshop in February so I am excited to see where my journey will lead. I will post more once I have made some progress. Until then,