Happy Holidays!

It has been a busy few weeks at my house with Thanksgiving and traveling to Virginia to be with family. I haven’t posted in a while and a lot has been happening in my coding journey.

Before Thanksgiving Break, I did a quick TypeScript course on Codecademy, which helped me better understand how TypeScript complies JavaScript and ensures an added level of safety to projects. I took a break to spend some time with family and play as much Pokemon Aucer as I possibly could.

As many new (and old) developers can attest to, the tech world took a big dive and some companies have begun laying off thousands of workers. This makes the job search significantly more difficult and has been heavy on my mind. I have applied for many, many, many jobs and I’m becoming burned out on the job hunt process.

In between applying for jobs, spending time with my family, and playing video games, I began learning about React Native. React Native is a software framework used to develop applications for mobile devices. It uses the same JavaScript most frontend developers are familiar with to build Native apps.

I am currently through the first module of the Codecademy’s React Native course. I was tasked with building a simple create account form for a dog social media app using <Text><TextInput><View>, and <ScrollView>. I elaborated on several aspects for this project, such as adding a header with an icon, adding a dropdown for breeds, and styling the page to my liking. It was an enjoyable experience and I am looking forward to learning more applicable skills in this course.

This course is an intermediate level course and has very little added support, like some of the other courses Codecademy offers. The modules have no solution files or videos, which challenges me to use my existing skills and experience with JavaScript and React. If you would like to see my code for this project, you can visit my repository on GitHub.

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