Jack’s Annual Review 2017

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Welcome to Colorado

“Life is accumulative — Either our errors accumulate to what we don’t get, or our wise decisions accumulate into what we do get.” — Jim Rohn

A simple reminder that the course of our lives can change dramatically with the simple steps we take each and every day.


Here’s what I learnt about Vue.js while building a USA Roadtrip App.

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USA City Search App

Over the past six months I have been living and road tripping across the United States. While I was on the road I decided to learn about the super-hot-and-trending Vue.js framework and build a USA Roadtrip App along the way. There’s a reason why Vue is so damn popular, and I will share some insights in this post. But I had to find that out for myself so I understood what all the fuss was about. What better way to test it out than to build a side project 🙂


5 jQuery methods I wish I knew about earlier…

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Everyone is saying jQuery is dead these days. But I’m sorry, I have to disagree. While there are, of course, better, more “modern” libraries and frameworks out there, it really doesn’t mean jQuery is going to just disappear. Most people who say it is dead:

a.) probably don’t work as a web developer;

b.) are part of a trendy new startup that only uses 2017 tech or;

c.) just love to fuel the debate and ride the latest JS bandwagon!


How to get a Yelp Fusion API access token with a POST request

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Just recently I watched an awesome video by Wes Bos where he built a cool typeahead app using some USA city data. It was part of his JavaScript 30 program, which is a watch and learn video series. I wanted to extend his code further by linking up the city data with some “Things to do” and “Top Restaurants” information. That lead me to look up Yelp and find out about their latest API release, Yelp FUSION.


Front End Insights: A starter guide to writing better front end code

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Front End Enlightenment

It’s been just over 12 months since I started my Free Code Camp Front End Certificate. In those past twelve months I have taken on a lot of new information and have thoroughly enjoyed learning to code. Now that I have recently finished the Front End Certificate, I thought it would be a good time to reflect and share some insights. (more…)

5 of my favourite CodeWars Kata’s for February 2017

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CodeWars Kata's

I highly recommend these CodeWars Kata’s for anyone wanting to improve their programming skills. It’s a great way to train your brain and stay sharp. It also is an excellent tool to practice new techniques, especially when learning new syntax (take ES6 / 7 as a fine example). The best part about it is, that when you complete a kata, you can review your work and compare it to other coders. (more…)