Blog

2017:

{ 15 Mar 2017 }

I’ve had a big few weeks in tech and art alike, and I think I should briefly set out some the things that have been occupying me these last few weeks. I had a blast attending the first NZ.JS(CON), which is the New Zealand Javascript Convention run by the NZ Javascript Society. This was my first tech conference, yet I didn’t feel overwhelmed or confused by very much of the content. Whether this was down to a well-balanced set of talks, or a reflection of my growing understanding of the language and environment of Javascript, I’m not sure. Either way I had a great time and absorbed a lot of useful and interesting ideas. One of my favourite presentations was from Nat Dudley (@natdudley), who gave a talk on web design and accessibility. From her talk I learned about Chroma.js, a small library for working with colour in Javascript. Due to my interest in art and programming, this talk about colour space, colour blindness and data visualization was fascinating to me.

In other news, I’ve received my first art commission as a result of showing work at an art show in the Horowhenua over the weekend. I’ve been asked to create a massive 2.5 meter print of one of my photographs, and have been busy preparing a quote for this project. More to come on this!

{ 24 Feb 2017 }

I have finished Beginning Javascript, (5th Ed.) by Jeremy McPeak and Paul Wilton.

Learning Javascript has been incredibly rewarding, and I feel quite happy with spending my summer learning this exciting language. I find it intriguing that although this language has become ubiquitous on the web, it is still rapidly evolving with new frameworks and features all the time. My next goal is to learn basic Node.js to start hosting apps on my own server.

Here is a link to another project I am developing,

Food Finder
(Hosted on my own experimental Node.js server at Heroku!)

Take a look at the sourcecode on GitHub via my
Javascript Portfolio

This is a mini app, using Javascript with jQuery to pull a short list of nearby restaurants from the Google Places API, using your browser’s geolocation feature.

{ 03 Feb 2017 }

I have decided to try keeping an up-to-date record of my progress learning coding with Javascript. I’ve been working through Beginning Javascript, (5th Ed.) by Jeremy McPeak and Paul Wilton. I have found the text extremely engaging and clear, it has been a real pleasure for me to work through. I have taken to Javascript quite well, and so far have had a great time learning how to code in this simple intuitive language.

Here is my first finished Javascript project:
It’s dangerous to go alone!

Take a look at the sourcecode on GitHub via my
Javascript Portfolio

Thanks for taking a look. Please let me know if there are any issues with your browser!

For those interested in the code, I am moving an HTML element around the screen using Javascript, and loading the correct frame of animation from a set of JPGs taken from a sprite sheet of the Link character from the NES game Legend of Zelda.