Student Experience | Michael Brynjolfson, Intro to Web Development

By Michael Brynjolfson August 15, 2016


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Just two weeks left until your course is complete! What new knowledge have you found has had the greatest impact on you?

Last week we dove into how to set up a dev environment on my local drive and they took us through a lot of real world application needs. Setting up MAMP was a breeze and then working with WordPress was fun. I thought I knew a lot about WordPress, but some of the recommended plugins made my pre-existing sites hum. I always love it when the real experts show you how much you still have to learn no matter how long or educated you think you are on a framework.

Can we get a sneak peek at your final project?

I am working with a WordPress theme to rebuild parts of it to fit the look and feel of the brand my designer and I agreed upon. We are creating a destination for actors called the Biz of Acting. The Biz of Acting provides a positive and transparent one stop shop website with valuable and entertaining information, best in class applications and relevant products for new actors.

Now that you’ve all been learning together for 8 weeks, what is the classroom experience like?

As most classes at Brainstation have been, the students have been very supportive of each other. When the teachers are helping someone with individual needs and another student has a question, various (and more expert) students will try and troubleshoot the issue while waiting for the teacher to come around. A very inclusive and welcoming environment. Perfect for ego-free learning.

What have you found to be the most rewarding? Most challenging?

The most rewarding aspect of the class is how far I have been able to take my project. If every other part of the business was able to catch up, I would be able to launch my site the week after class is finished. The most challenging aspect is understanding all the different possible ways to do the same exact thing with completely different code. There are about 10 ways to write any one script and 2 are usually the best. I need to learn a way to choose those 2. Practice, practice, practice.

What are your goals for your final two weeks of the course?

I want to have a huge chunk of the styling and images done for my site. Hopefully, I can get a lot of what needs to be done finished before the last class so I can use the time to fine tune with my teachers.

Michael is taking Intro to Web Development at BrainStation in Vancouver.

Michael is taking Intro to Web Development at BrainStation in Vancouver.

Intro to Web Development
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