Brian Emory

Web Developer

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Learning to Code Is Really Hard. It Is Also Easy.

Do Not Feel Discouraged - When you first start learning to code, everything seems so impossible. You are hearing all of these new words and concepts. You are seeing pages of code and have no idea what any of it means. You struggle with the basics and wonder how you are ever going to learn them. Even the simplest of things are hard to understand. Before I joined my bootcamp Learn Verified... Read More

My Rails App, Travsto, now with a jQuery Front End

A Sprinkle of JavaScript - For part two of my Rails project with Learn Verified, I was tasked with adding some jQuery to my previous project. You can read about the making of Travsto on this blog post and check out the code I added on GitHub. This was a simpler task than building an entire project but it was not without its challenges. The requirements were about including... Read More

Finished My First Rails Project, Travsto, Using TDD

The joys (and pains) of TDD - After my Sinatra project, I vowed to do better on my Rails project using TDD. I started off using it while building Cook This Way but got sidetracked and left a lot of things untested. I started Travsto (GitHub) right using TDD to do everything. It felt painfully slow at times as I was learning about writing tests as I went. Thankfully I had a great book... Read More



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PROJECTS

Travsto
GitHub

Travsto is a Rails app built for my Rails assessment with Learn Verified. It is my first Rails app that was not simply following a tutorial. Travsto is a place for users to easily share their travel stories.

Corneal
GitHub

While building my Sinatra app, I didn't find anything that had the functionality of rails new app-name that I liked. At the suggestion of one of my instructors, I forked Hazel and made my own.

Cook This Way
GitHub

Cook This Way is a recipe site built on Sinatra. I made it for my Learn Verified Sinatra Assessment. It allows a visitor to view and search recipes, sign in with Facebook, add and edit recipes, and make a recipe their own.

CLI Data Gem
GitHub

I made this gem as part of Learn Verified. It was the final project for the Object Oriented Ruby section. It was fun, challenging, clever?? You can read all about the process and challenges I faced on my blog.

ABOUT

I am a web developer with a focus on Ruby on Rails currently living in Los Angeles, CA. My wife and I moved out here last year from the blistering desert of Las Vegas. I've always wanted to live in southern California but ultimately it was about keeping the Mrs. happy. Wise man once said, "Happy wife, happy life."

I'm a bit of a romantic. I'm also a bit of a goofball. My wife can attest to both. I love hard ciders (can't stand the taste of beer though as much as I try). I find great enjoyment in terrible movies. There's just something fantastic about a movie based on a silly premise, a bad plot, and not so good acting. I enjoy wasting time and getting lost in a video game. Much to the disappoint of my friends, I once again won our fantasy football league. I'm also taller than over 99% of people. Yes, I use to play basketball.

I decided to embark on this journey of being a web developer after buying a StackSocial deal. Its name was Coder Manual's Web Developer Bootcamp with Rails. The deal showed up on my Facebook feed one day and piqued my interest. I've always had a bit of a fascination with coding but never thought much of making it a career. Back when my family first got a computer in the mid 90s, I learned some basic HTML but CSS was too foreign of a concept. I played around with one of the Cs (either C# or C++) but that lasted all of five minutes.

After doing the self-taught route for a few months, I have decided to join a bootcamp. I am currently attending Flatiron School's online bootcamp Learn Verified. So far it has been a fantastic experience. I am enjoying the learning process, the great community, the accessibility of the instructors, and all the other little extras. I feel like I made the right choice! It has been quite challening so far. I am learning way more than I was through the various self-taught avenues I had previously pursued.

Follow my journey on my blog, connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn, and feel free to reach out through the below form to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!

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