With November wrapping up this week, another monthly challenge has come to a close. As I’ve written before, November’s challenge was to work on building a web application every day. The application is called IdeaListz and its goal is to be a place where people can create lists of ideas around some topic and then share them. Initially I was hoping to have the site live by the end of the month, but I didn’t quite get there. All the basic features like user creation, list management, and idea writing are in place but the site needs a little polish before going live. I’m going to clean it up over the next couple weeks and hopefully have it live before Christmas. It’ll be my gift to myself. The site will still be rough, but I can get it online for anyone who wants to use it and I’ll get to share all the lists I’ve written over the last two years.

Advent of Code 2018

Many families have a tradition of using an Advent Calendar to countdown the days until Christmas. The last several years, the development community has had something similar with Advent of Code. Each day through Christmas has a different programming problem to solve. I’ve never participated in the challenge before, but this year I’m giving it a go. Only two of the problems have launched so far and I’ve completed each of them. The challenges are supposed to start fairly simple and get progressively harder over the course of the days. It was fun to do the first couple of problems and I’m looking forward to seeing how far I can get.


Online Course(s): Microsoft Azure Developer: Managing Code Reviews with VSTS

Book(s): Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience


Online Course(s): Advanced React and GraphQL

Book(s): Entity Framework Core in Action

On the Next…

December is here. It’s been a good year so far. This week I will finish the Advanced React and GraphQL course. I’ve relied on it heavily in building out the IdeaListz app. It hasn’t taught me much in terms of React content, but its major value has been in teaching NextJS and GraphQL. On top of finishing that course, I will finish Entity Framework Core in Action too.