Recent Stuff: git, docker, cloud hosting, javascript, infusionsoft and elementor

Recently I’ve been experimenting with the fantastic version control system on GitHub learning how to use that with docket to install containers on various locations.

When I first got introduced to computers, my father was starting to do desktop publishing on a desktop computer that didn’t have a GUI.

Does anyone remember the term 2-86?

I’ve been loving working with command line interfaces. It’s nice to be able to just type something in and have it happen magically. I love it, and I’m going to have to buy a second computer to run Linux on and do my development work. I can’t afford a Mac after all.

An aside:

I think it’s sad it seems the development community has gone the way of the Apple. I see Apple as the ultimate gatekeepers. Charging twice as much for the same thing mostly just for style. Having tools like Framer X only available on Macs right now is sad. STEM fields have always had higher barriers of entry for education. You need better tools, better computers, better money to be able to access the tools needed to study these fields. 

Anyways:

Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Digital Ocean are all offering competing services regarding cloud computing. I’ve experimented with all of them but have spent the most time with AWS (although digital ocean is far cheaper and it seems the instances they run with equivalent power are much much powerful than AWS 🤔)

Anyways I’ve learned how to use EC2, Elastic Confainer Services (ECS), setting up a VPC and security groups (SG) how to set up a auto scaling group and load balancer. I’ve reminder myself about other skills like SSH and keys and using domain redirecting etc.

Well its all been a lot of late nights and frustration but I’m start to get the hang of it and it feels good.

Who knows how these skills will come into play in the future. Most modern businesses rely on these features to run and so it is important to have knowledge of them.

I’ve also had the opportunity recently to consult with a group and use infusionsoft for the first time. I had been experimenting with sales force and infusionsoft is a similar platform but seems to be better suited for small businesses. It’s extremely complicated but not too hard to learn if you’ve got a little bit of logic in your noggin. I’ve managed to get decent with setting up tags and the campaign builder as well as setting up many other configurations.

Elementor is the best WordPress plugin for templating available and its been a real privilege to use it. I don’t trust that it isn’t creating just a huge mess of code and a very slow and cumbersome site that google hates but lets hope not.

Entrepreneurship: Why? and The Law of Diffusion of Innovation

I was recently introduced to Simon Sinek’s TEDTalk on Why:

It really reminds me of another interview I found quite inspiring by Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank:

These articles bring up a number of questions for me:

What motivates you?
Why do you do it?

How do you inspire those you lead?
How do you move beyond inspiring/motivating people with money, stability, power and career advancement?
(Rather, WHY do you inspire/motivate people? 😜)

What are some struggles that are individual to your life experience?
How does having overcome them help you today? Why do they help you?

The Oxford Comma in Legal Writing

To make cookies you need: eggs, butter, sugar, sugar, different sugar, more sugar, and/or comma and soul.

I was involved in heated discussion with two co-workers today on the use of the oxford comma in legal writing. Tonight I was interested in exploring this topic, and settling the score, once and for all. <——see what I did.

When do we comma in legal writing??

Heh, heh, and heh

After reviewing numerous sites and reading many articles on this topic, it seems to be pretty cut and dry:

In legal writing:
Creativity and rhythm is not the priority.
Clarity is the priority.

Therefor, WHEN IN DOUBT, use commas. Personally, I think most of the time I don’t use a comma before and. It is redundant and bad style. Regardless, I respect those who are concerned with using this comma before an and. Personally, I’m generally so focused on content when reading, I don’t really have time to be noticing commas or lack thereof.

Conclusion: USE IT in legal writing, especially where clarity and logical separation is an issue.

  • (1) The The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage says you don’t need it, but
  • (2) the The Chicago Manual of Style says you do, and
  • (3) i just like lists.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

-Robert Frost

vs

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.

-Lawyer

Salesforce Experimental Environment

Tonight I completed the marketing cloud badge on Trailhead. I also created my experimental sales force environment. 

I was able to:

  1. Create a new marketing campaign
  2. Create an opportunity within this marketing campaign
  3. Create tasks such as a phone call and follow up meeting to explore this opportunity.
  4. I was able to create a poll of my team regarding what should happen at the meeting.
  5. I was able to report back the results of the meeting
  6. In addition I added two additional users who can now access my salesforce environment with real email addresses.

Salesforce Trailhead, a starting point.

Salesforce trail head is Salesforce’s own free training and certification platform. So far I’ve learned about the marketing cloud and the different skills sets you can obtain and the tracks within them. I’ve also moved part of the way through numerous other modules and have about 500 points so far but only 1 badge.

The marketing cloud platform seems to be tremendously powerful and really leverages the technology and data we have to find the customers we’d like to reach.

An administrator position seems to be the most natural place to enter the platform as a beginner. Moving onto a developer requires more coding but would allow for more remote working opportunities. Certified Technical architects seem to be rare and this job requires years of experience.

 

Salesforce Trailhead

Salesforce trail head is Salesforce’s own free training and certification platform. So far I’ve learned about the marketing cloud and the different skills sets you can obtain and the tracks within them. I’ve also moved part of the way through numerous other modules and have about 500 points so far but only 1 badge.

The marketing cloud platform seems to be tremendously powerful and really leverages the technology and data we have to find the customers we’d like to reach.

An administrator position seems to be the most natural place to enter the platform as a beginner. Moving onto a developer requires more coding but would allow for more remote working opportunities. Certified Technical architects seem to be rare and this job requires years of experience.

Flatiron/Learn.co: Software Developer Bootcamp Prep

I have been doing flatiron school’s learn.co software/full stack developer bootcamp Prep course. Doing the full follow up to this course would cost me $15,000 to do immersive in Washington DC and will take 15 weeks.

Reflections thus far:

I have been working with HTML and CSS for 15 years. These are nothing new but it is exciting to see how much HTML has developed over the years in order to add its own capabilities.

I’ve never been exposed to JavaScript, the DOM or terminal.

Conditional statements are not new to me and I’ve been using them in excel for years.

Progress thus far:

Flatiron/Learn.co: Data Science Boot Camp Prep

I have been doing flatiron school’s data science bootcamp prep course.

I moved very quickly through this relatively short course and actually really loved it. I have always used loving Microsoft Excel to do all different sorts of analysis. I follow the Reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful subreddit which focuses on highlighting popular examples of data visualizations. It was really cool to already be using one of the Python modules to be plotting points in a map visually. Python seems straight forward and sort of like a command line version of Excel but with a lot more power.

Thus far I have completed the following topics: