Month: May 2014

Day 3: Anyone Can Learn To Code

The first course which I’ve been taking on Lynda.com is PHP With MySQL Essential Training. It’s a 14 hour course that dives into the history, and foundations of PHP, as well as the connectivity of MySQL with PHP, and the uses the two can have when working together.

What Is PHP

PHP is a server-sided web development language, meaning that it is independent of the user’s personal computer and browser. If a user who was browsing a webpage which had PHP coded into it, shutting down the web browser, or turning off the computer would not affect the PHP code, because it’s being run on a server independent from the user’s personal computer.

What Is MySQL

MySQL is one of the world’s most widely used open-source database management systems. A database management system is much like an excel spreadsheet, but instead of dealing with numbers (which is what spreadsheets are great for), a database deals with data. Data is stored information. It could be your account balance in your bank account, the photos you uploaded to Facebook, or the text messages that are stored “in the cloud.”

Read more

Day 1: How Bored Are You?

Today is the 1st day of my 90 day challenge.

I don’t know about you, but the truth is, I get bored sometimes; in between going to work, meeting with friends, attending church, the odd family gathering. There are times when I have to actually stop, think, and ask myself “what do I actually want to do right now?”

What Do You Do When You’re Bored

The truth is, you can get bored when you occupy your time with something where you don’t have to think anymore. The week you first learn to hammer nails in a roof might be an extremely intellectually satisfying experience, a task which challenges you and builds your own personal skill set, but when you catch yourself thinking “I could do this blindfolded.” It is at that moment that boredom sets in.

Now, you can get bored when you’re at work or with friends; and that does say something about the thing you’re doing at the moment. But what is it that you run to when you get to finally choose something that YOU want to do? When there is no escaping the boredom? Say you’re standing at the bus stop, and you naturally pull out your phone to go on Facebook. Or you’re free for a couple of minutes at work, and you check the weather, or something mundane that you don’t even remember 10 seconds later.

Read more

From Netflix To Lynda

Hello,

I’m Sean Witzke, and I’m cancelling my Netflix subscription.lyndaLogo

After an endless amount of time watching movies, shows, and “entertainment content”, I decided that if I wanted my life to change, I would need to put the hours in. What easier way to put the hours in then to take them from somewhere else?

Over the past year I’ve felt extremely restless; as though my life wasn’t going anywhere specific. A key factor to this were the endless hours I was wasting on Netflix, when instead I could be doing something more productive, moving my life forward, and in the end… helping people.

And so I’ve decided to cancel my Netflix subscription in exchange for a Lynda.com subscription, and replace the time that I would have spent watching Netflix with watching tutorials to upgrade my own personal skill set. The goal of this blog is to document this change, and to show others how easy it is to increase your own personal skill set, to change your life through a simple compound effect: creating good habits.

My personal goal is to become self-employed within the next 90 days. I’ll also be reviewing tutorials, to help you spend your own time in the most effective way possible. Areas of interest will be programming, web design, music production, and videography.

Specific areas I intend to learn down the road are:

  • PHP
  • jQuery
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • MySQL
  • SEO
  • C++

Thanks for taking an interest in my endeavours! Feel free to subscribe to this blog, and even start your own post-Netflix journey.