In Depth Post 5
As we have returned from spring break this week my spring break was very coding filled. I also just met with Mr. Findley to fill him in as well. So as this is the purpose of the blog post I am going to fill you all in!
So over the break I sat down to keep plowing through my textbook in Alice on my 6 hour drive into the interior to go skiing. In this chapter we went through variables, it’s very similar as to variables in any other subject like math. So you use the variable in a “if X is true then…” or “if X is false then”. That will start to come in handy as I make animations where you can interact with the environment. For example you can have different buttons to click, in this case it would be “if ‘button 1’ is true then…” and “if ‘button 2’ is true then…” It just allows for a more interactive platform to expand my reservoir of possible animations.
In other news while on spring break I met a family friend who designs websites for a living, his name is Alexander. I showed Alex the program of Alice and he was intrigued with my project. We talked about what I wanted to take out of the project which is something I have been thinking about for a month or so now. I told him about how I didn’t Alice having a lot of practical use, I think it’s a good intro to coding but you can’t really code anything with it other than animations. So we started talking about Web design which is done in another coding language called HTML. He also directed me to a website called codeacademy (essentially khan academy for coding). So I have been exploring that side of the coding world.
Alice mostly works with Java, Java is a very universal language but I ultimately don’t see myself using it for anything in the near future. I think HTML and knowing how to manipulate online text and design webpages is more useful real life skill.
I came into in-depth this year with very little understanding of coding, having only worked with it in ICT, Alice has showed me what’s under the hood, so to speak. Now I am ready to start on the more applicable, heavier stuff. That’s the main thing I talked to Mr. Findley about, he was in support of me perusing HTML and using the resources available to me. I think I will be looking more into web design for a couple weeks and seeing where that takes me. I will talk to Alexander if I have any questions as well as Mr. Findley. As he is my mentor (Alex said he would help me out but he is not a mentor as he is not willing to go through the criminal record check process).
So I don’t really know the direction I’m headed I am doing a 5 hour course on codeacademy and I will see what I think of that and check back next week!