Paul Sutton

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SpaceX Docking

Following yesterdays successful SpaceX launch, the Dragon Module is due to dock with the ISS later on today at about 14:30 GMT (15:30 BST).

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Future skills with free code camp

As with a previous article, I have said that digital skills are essential. With the current lock down looking like it will be with us for several months, perhaps now is the time to think about updating your digital skills or learn something new.

Free Code Camp [1] offers hours of programming tutorials plus free interactive certification courses in :-

  • Responsive Web Design
  • JavaScript Algoritims and Data Structures
  • Front End Libraries
  • Data Visualization
  • APIs and Microservices
  • Information Security and Quality Assurance

Each of these offers about 300 hours of learning, each then offers a set of challenges to help test what you have been learning. You can gain a certificate to recognise your achievement(s).

fcc-lesson Fig 1: One of the lessons from the HTML Module

You can sign up, and login to Free Code Camp using ether your Facebook, Google, or Github account credentials.

Once you are signed up and signed in, the system will track of your progress, and you can carry on from where you left off. If you get stuck with any of the exercises then you can view a video, get a hint or ask on the excellent forums where you will find a really helpful community.

With Free Code Camp, you can learn some very useful skills, when combined this with the other resources that are available on the website and on the internet in general, there is the potential to learn even more.

[1] https://www.freecodecamp.org/

NASA SpaceX Launch Saturday

Live coverage of the rescheduled NASA Space X launch.

You may need Google Chrome to watch this.

Note: A the time of writing this countdown is at about 00:01:16:18

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Free Code Camp – Visual Design 7

Now fully completed Applied Visual Design module with FreeCodeCamp so have now reached 100% of the way through the module

visual design 7

On onto Applied Accessibility next

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E-Safety

This is a quick post to remind everyone to stay safe while online and communicating on forums or e-communities.

Keeping safe applies to everyone, however the following below is aimed at anyone under 18.

As most people are probably not at school due to the Covid19 lock down, you should be able to contact your school for help on e-safety issues. You can also ask a parent / guardian for advice.

You should ASK permission before signing up to the website(s) mentioned in these posts. You may need a parent to sign up, if you're under 13 for example. They should help keep you safe by following the guidelines and advice. Talk about any concerns or worries.

Know how to use the forums and who to report problems to, this could include technical issues.

Repl.it and Web Development

As I am currently undertaking Responsive Web Design with FreeCodeCamp. I am also using Repl.it, which offers, an ideal platform to put learning in to practical use.

Repl.it is a Web Based IDE. Users can save to the cloud, collaborate with others and it supports a really good range of programming languages. The two platforms complement each other nicely.

If you start up a new Repl, select HTML and CSS you can code directly in to the browser and see the results. Then invite others in to help. You can copy / paste directly from FreeCodeCamp too.

Using Replit for Web Development

With Repl.it You can develop and test projects quickly, ask for help from the community and share what you are working on.

You may find the following hints save time.

As you can sign in to both Free Code Camp and Repl.it using Github. It is probably a good idea to have a Github account for this purpose. Another advantage is that you can also save Repls directly to a github repository.

It also makes it easier then e-mail to sign in to FreeCodeCamp (FCC), while you can also use Facebook and Google to sign in to FCC, You may as well have a common sign in. This means you just need to remember 1 user id and password so you can work from anywhere there is an internet connection.

We are using both at Paignton Library Code Club.

References

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NASA SpaceX Launch 2

Live coverage of the NASA Space X build up and launch. Getting closer and just over an hour to go.

You may need Google Chrome to watch this.

Note: A the time of writing this countdown is at about 00:01:16:18

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Free Code Camp – Visual Design 6

Completed more of the Applied visual design module with FreeCodeCamp so now reached 73% of the way through the module

visual design 5

More tomorrow.

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NASA SpaceX Launch

Live coverage of the NASA Space X build up and launch.

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Note: A the time of writing this countdown is at about 00:08:53:00

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Xubuntu Development

Xubuntu [1] is a GNU / Linux based operating system that is built on the same software base as the popular Ubuntu Operating system. As with all free software projects it is maintained by teams of developers from all over the world, different background, experience levels.

With the Covid19 pandemic re-writing how we live, perhaps now is the time to get involved.

The main areas we would like help with include:-

  • Artwork
  • Development, including programming and packaging
  • Documentation and Translation
  • Marketing and Website
  • Quality Assurance, including testing and bug triaging

All of these areas are vitally important, as it helps the developers identify problems and fix them. The more people who get involved with just testing and providing feedback, increases the hardware variety the system has been tested on.

To get involved please visit the developer area of the website [2] or join the e-mail discussion list [3].

The team(s) are currently developing documentation for Xubuntu so if you're interested please get in touch via [3].

Don't worry if you lack experience with this, the team can help, plus this is a great way to develop experience and learn. The team is using GoogleDocs to for development.

References

1 Xubuntu Website 2 Developer area 3 Developer Mailing list

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