How I became a Full-Stack Web Developer in 6 months

coding on a laptop

Are you wondering how I did it? Keep reading. Once I decided to become a web developer, the rest became history.

First Month

As with most journeys, mines began on google. Eventually, I stumbled across Codecademy. Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes. Putting in 3-4 hours a day on Codecademy, I learned a lot. I became well versed in HTML and CSS,  but I felt like it wasn’t enough.

I found myself falling into the “read-and-watch-a-bunch-of-stuff-about-web-development-and-get-excited-but-don’t-do-anything”  category

Months 2-3

photo galleryAfter doing more research I came across Treehouse. Treehouse is not free, but it’s not expensive either. I would spend months 2 and 3 studying HTML, CSS, and Javascript on the Treehouse website. The video format of treehouse really spoke to my visual learning preference. Now my interest in web development was at an all-time high. In 2 months, using Treehouse, I completed 4 projects, including, a simple web form, a portfolio page, a SASS project, and a sliding Image Gallery. You can say, I leveled up from noob to intermediate.

As my rapid growth at Treehouse started slowing down, and my coders high began to wear off,  I began to feel like I needed something more. So I starting looking into coding Bootcamps. After some deep research, I came across a coding Bootcamp in Miami called Wyncode. I read multiple reviews on Wyncode and decided to give it a shot. I took the Full-Stack 10 week Web Developer course.

Months 4-6

At Wyncode, I learned Git, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, React, Ruby, and Rails. The program was very intensive and not everyone was able to complete it. On average, I dedicated about 12 hours every day to the course. During the 10 weeks, I was involved in 2 major projects. A front-end app built with React. And a backend app built with Ruby and Rails.

In conclusion

After 6 months of training and practice, I can confidently call myself a full-stack web developer. Of Course, I plan to continue learning and growing my skills over the course of my career. Currently, I am working on launching a freelance web development agency. It’s a lot of work, but despite the hard work, I absolutely enjoy what I do and plan to continue doing it!

So there you have it. My story on how I became a full stack web developer in 6 months.

I am a full stack web developer living in Costa Rica. I enjoy creating websites and apps. I am fluent in Spanish, English, and Japanese. My past experience includes 13 years in the US Navy, and 2 years of Social work. My hobbies are watching anime, playing video games, and spending time with my kids. This is my blog where I write about my experience as a web developer.

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