Catapults Git jQuery

June 24th, 2016

Catapult students experiment with jQuery and Javascript

Have you ever tried to create a new game or a mobile app? Imagine combining those two tasks. It’s a challenging process that requires numerous steps: develop an idea, sketch it out, create a testable wireframe, fix the bugs, pull your hair out in frustration and beat your chest with sweet satisfaction when you succeed.

That’s what our Catapult students experienced this week—minus the hair pulling and chest pounding.

Paul, Joey and Bryce from Eleven Fifty Academy returned for Catapult week two and challenged students to make small mini app games using jQuery, a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify HTML scripting. Students spent several days with the platform, creating and revising their apps and working on their online portfolios.

“I didn’t have any idea how to even start JQuery,” shared Michael. “I was really happy with myself when I finished it and it worked.”

The process taught them several valuable lessons.

“Coding requires a lot of organization and very flawless concentration,” Abobakr reflected in his student journal. “Without those two things something as little as spacing a word will cause code not to function.”

“The font on my portfolio randomly changed from the font I wanted to a different, very ugly font,” Jake chimed in. “The issue didn’t seem to have a cause, and it really bugged me. Eventually the problem vanished. Sometimes the best thing to do is just take a break from all the debugging.”

Experimenting with Git to back up their codes and a JavaScript test were also on the agenda this week.

“I was just starting to get the hang of Javascript, and we had a quiz already!” Nigel wrote in his student journal. “Luckily, I was able to figure out how to do some of the functions with ease…by studying and practicing. Javascript is pretty hard, but I’m glad that I did good on the quiz!”

High five to Nigel and all of our Catapult students for scoring well on their aptitude test.

Another memorable moment was a lunch and learn with TechPoint IndyX Tech Fellows, Xterns and Xtern bootcampers. Students excitedly showed their online portfolios and received valuable feedback.

Check back next Friday to see what students learned in their last week of coding bootcamp with Eleven Fifty Academy.

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