Friday, November 22, 2013

Slow and steady wins the race

This week I focused on learning CSS or cascading style sheets which I talked about in my last blog. Slowly I am becoming more familiar with it. I am getting to know how to create different styles and have used my Evernote notebook to copy down notes from the CSS app. I have also been researching different coding classes around the area. I found one in Detroit at the Atomic House and it is a CSS class so it could teach me a little more about the program so I am not just teaching myself. I also found a Hack School in New York City, it is a 3 month program that teaches you the basics of coding and would really help me learn. But, I don't even know if I would do that and it would have to be in the summer. Along with that I assumed that CCS in Detroit would have some sort of programming class or coding class but I have yet to find one. I am going to keep looking because I think I need a more hands-on learning experience so I can speed up the learning process.

I am still using CodeAcademy to learn different programming techniques to learn specifically how to create an app rather than the CSS would eventually lead me to creating an app. So far, this project has taught me just how hard it is to learn how to code and how much work it is going to take. But I am determined to ATLEAST learn how to code and hopefully create a successful app in the end (and hopefully be chosen to speak at the TED conference). I really hope this works out, but I know that it will take a lot of time and effort to do that.

Friday, November 15, 2013

On the path to hacking over the world

I am on my way to becoming a professional hacker. Well  maybe not a professional, but I have learned a little on coding. I downloaded several apps, including Hopscotch which is a programming app for kids along with Lightbot which is a game that incorporates programming into it, so while playing you are learning how to code too. I also downloaded an app that teaches me how to use CSS which is a programming system for creating websites. Once I get more familiar with Hopscotch, I am going to move on to CSS so hopefully I can learn more on how to create a website and then an app.

Right now I am also using CodeAcademy to learn more on coding along with Hopscotch. I tried learning Rubix which is a moderate program to learn, but it can help create websites and apps. It's a pretty basic program that lets you do more with websites and provides a foundation. I used it last weekend and it took me a little to get the hang of it, but I am slowly learning the ropes. I am going to work on it this weekend too, so I can become good at it and eventually create an app. 

Code on! (lol)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Back on track

I am back on track with my app idea. I have decided I am going to learn how to code an app. This will be the beginning step in creating an app. Once I learn how to code I will start by creating a simple app. After that then I will start thinking about the Did I wear that app. During this time I will also be learning what it takes to create the final app and how much It will cost. I will still be meeting with app developing companies later in the year.

This week I literally had no time whatsoever to work on the app. But over the weekend and during next week I am hoping to find a program that will help me to learn how to code. Also gymnastics started last week and that will really limit the time I can work on it during the week. This means that most of my project will have to be done over the weekend. I found a program called "code academy", it looks really  easy to learn. I am going to create an account this weekend so I can begin coding. 

Code on!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Spiraling out of control

This project is slowly going downhill. Actually more like it went off a steep cliff. I don't know what to do now and I think that this project is not realistic. I don't think I would be able to raise enough money to create it and I want to do something that I am more involved in. I am thinking about switching to a project where I create all natural body scrubs, lotions, and lip balms. I would make these at home and sell them at Eastern Market and other local markets around town. I would also create an Etsy to sell them on so I could branch out more.

By the end of the year, I hope to have sold 200 of my products at least. I also hope to try and get the products into stores, but I don't know how long that would take. I am going to start experimenting with some different formulas/recipes for the products this week. I will also start thinking of names to call the line and create some designs for the bottles. I also have to see where I can find bottles to put the lotions and other body products in. Hopefully this will be more successful than the app.