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This is just a rant. Had to get it out of my system even if it gets taken down. Maybe I just need to put things in perspective for myself, because I wanted to do something more with my life for a while, but lately I’ve been feeling tense to the point of panic attacks.Im a bartender (though not since last March), JiuJitsu instructor, and a hold a couple other jobs I can pick up at will when shifts are available. Covid hit last year and I lost all my work in a single day, like a lot of people. I had been learning some basic web dev stuff for about a year leading up to Covid, but then got busy and stopped so I could work more.When Covid hit, I didn’t take it very well. I learned I don’t handle too much of having nothing to do very well. I mostly just counted down the hours to having a socially acceptable time to drink, pretty much every day until from March to November, working under shit conditions in a bar making a quarter of what I used to make, and collecting unemployment. No JiuJitsu really sucked. That was my meditation. Band broke up, broke my heart than most of my breakups, ha.Around October I started thinking I should get back to learning web development. I decided after a lot of research and seeing enough WGU degrees at local companies, to apply at WGU as a 32 year old computer science program. I’ve been at it since, nearly halfway through with the credits I transferred in.My wife has been supportive, she knows I have an addictive personality, and that usually keeps me locked into my office studying or building projects for hours on end. Some days I barley see her for 10 minutes, but right now she is carrying all the extra load financially in jobs that don’t pay very well in the first place, and I just want to take that burden off her shoulders. 6 months before the pandemic we just moved into a dream apartment, that was much more pricier than our last place, and I’d be dammed if I’m going to lose it.Job market hasn’t looked too great locally. I actually got an interview at a really cool company, though I knew it be a long shot. Recruiter said she thought I had a cool portfolio and wanted to show it to the leads. In the end my React skills were not up to par, but I knew my code was sloppy at times. I think part of the stress I’m feeling is not having an actual teacher. It would be great to have actual person that can break things down for me in a small period of time rather than spending 12 hours in a mental loop and feeling like I’m grasping at straws to find an answer to a problem. It can be the catch 22 of not having a mentor until you can get hired, but also struggling to put together concepts in your own projects that you need to get hired , because I don’t have an instructor.I know I’m progressing. It takes time, but I feel so damn dumb at times and having this weight on my chest like I’m on the clock, plus school and work when I can get it. I feel so bad that my wife had to work 50-60 hour weeks while I sit at the computer from morning to night. A friend of a friend asked me to build his golf league app, which is basically just some stats and a crud app. And I’ve been stuck on what seems like some rudimentary problem with displaying very basic data from firestore into react native for 3 days now.My brain is going a mile a minute, I had my first full on panic attack since I was a teenager 2 weeks ago, which was not super fun. Yeah, I know I should relax, I’m not going to starve or anything, but then I look at qualifications of people applying to the same jobs I am on LinkedIn premium and I think “well that’s not good for me”. I look at my Github, https://github.com/bmucks, and it’s full of old sloppy code, some tutorial based stuff which I shouldn’t even have there and my newer react stuff is incomplete. Some things I like I suppose, but I feel like I’m also bouncing around too much.Anyways, I just wanted to get some of that off my chest. If it weren’t for the whole covid and being semi unemployed for the last year thing, I don’t think it would be so bad. Again I know I’m getting better, my work ethic is top notch, and it makes up for my in ability to digest things like documentation easily. But that is not something that you can just convince a hiring manager of.Cheers.Details
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ContextA friend of mine is looking to move from squarespace to their own personal website for their blog and they asked if I could do it. One of the main reasons they want to change is because they’re finding squarespace too expensive. So I’m tasked with trying to come up with the cheapest way to make a blog site, while also still being good. Currently they get < 100 views a month, but I think they intend to start doing it more seriously, so that could grow.I also know blogs can potentially get random posts that blow up and get a tonne of traffic, so I don't want to have to manage it in the case when that happens. That's why I'm hoping to use a serverless backend/frontend.I also want to use this as an opportunity to try things I've not used before, while also not going completely out of my comfort zone.My ExperienceI currently work as a software developer full time building/maintaining a web app. The app we build isn't customer facing, it's used internally by businesses so the demands for that are extremely different to what it required for this.My tech stack at work is an ASP.Net Framework server, with a basic Js framework (Not one of the big major ones). My work uses Azure for hosting our web app, but I'm not super involved with that setup. I'd say I'm pretty proficient in C#, but I've also had to do a lot of JS/Html/Css experience.I guess experience/knowledge is my biggest issue at the moment, I've never really had to worry about load times or SEO.My PlanI don't really like the idea of Netlify from what I've seen. I know some kind of service like that is probably the most sane way to do something like this, but I don't like the idea of using their functions (Only JS/Go supported from what I saw). I'm also using this as a way to try out things I've never used before but have wanted to.So with that said, I'm mostly thinking I'll stick to Azure services because I'm somewhat familiar with them.Front EndI have used 2 of the major frameworks (Vue/Angular), but I've been wanting to try Svelte. It seems like the small package size would be perfect for a simple blog website. I think I'd use Routify for SPA routing because it seems to be actively developed and has good documentation from what I've seen.I intend to use Azure storage to host it as a static website, with an Azure CDN in front to allow it to be publicly accessible. I've chosen this because it'll basically be free. I assumeDetails
Running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on a fresh virtual machine.First I tried installing Ruby on Rails, following this tutorial. Nope, doesn’t work. By the way, why do I need to execute complex commands like echo ‘eval “$(rbenv init -)”‘ > > ~/.bash_profile anyway? The fuck even is that?I gave up on using Ruby on Rails at all, mostly due to issues around Bundler. Apparently the Bundler devs have released production code so bad that I can’t even run a fucking version check.will@ubuntu:~$ bundle –version
/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/rubygems/defaults/operating_system.rb:50:in `’: undefined method `rubyforge_project=’ for class `Gem::Specification’ (NameError)
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from /snap/ruby/201/lib/ruby/3.0.0/rubygems.rb:1348:in `require’
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I mean, WTF? Did they forget to define a method, and then push the code to production, and then abandon the entire project!? Christ!No, in all honesty, I know it’s probably my fault somehow: I don’t have a Ph. D. in Linux, so imagine my surprise when shit doesn’t work after I try to perform an install using such janky, incomprehensible commands as the one I mentioned earlier, which shouldn’t be part of any respectable installation process.Can a brother get a bloody sudo apt install ruby rails rubygems around here? That’s really all I should have to do.Apparently not; after fucking around with Rails for a few fun-filled hours trying to get a damn “Hello, world” application to work, I decided to give up and try Django instead. Long story short: it went just as well as my attempt to set up RoR. Once again, sudo apt install django is just too plebian for the mighty Django devs, who insist on an installation procedure to rival the inanity of RoR’s.So how do you guys manage to develop web applications at all? And why is it so god damn difficult to get started? Even Android Studio is better than this.
I was recently accepted into a full-stack web development bootcamp. I have a free month before it begins, how can I best use this time?