Random tinkerings

The other day I started another random little project. I’m actually very excited about this one because I know that I will be using it from time to time. The other reason I’m happy is because it can be a useful one for others as well.

For quite some time I’ve been doing a lot of support related things and I love it. I do. There are moments when I feel a little out of touch or behind but that’s probably imposter me thinking. Anyway, from time to time I have to share or ask to share some information and at times it can be a thing like a password. Now, there are some services available in the wild but at work it doesn’t always mean it would be a good thing.

The thing on that is that using a 3rd-party system can be sort of a bad thing since you don’t have control of the data. This can mean maybe creating your own version of said thing. Well I did that. I took a repo ( PrivateBin ) and am slowly building out a site for what I hope to be mostly internal use.

It was a little to get things up and running at first because this was somewhat new to me. I had to dive into some of the code to see how things work, which I haven’t done in a really long time. That’s the one thing I really do like doing too. The other part is getting it all styled to the way I would like. That’s the part I’m really looking forward to the most now. I have an idea of what to do and use so I’ll have to look at how to handle that. I did see the code and do understand how it gets loaded too so this really will be fun for me.

And the other part is also that I’m trying to follow that mini community as well and other projects that I try out or have so far. The other day I even tinkered with Stage and Sage because I wanted to understand more of how the framework did things. It was super neat to see how all the things loaded and how it broke. Yes, I broke things along the way.

It was fun doing that.

This project so far has been pretty fun. I’ll have to keep that momentum going too if I really want to get this fully going. The next thing is getting the template going. Time to open up Photoshop and Illustrator now.

On self learning

For about the last 3 months or so I’ve been trying to learn something new to me or at least exploring it. One of the things I looked at first was the Go language. I did one of those free online courses to get an idea of how that works.

It was fun.

I actually liked learning about it and some of the basics. Learning some of the syntax was cool too. I know there is more to potentially learn too but that will be more down the line as well.

This time I went and looked a bit more into GraphQL because it really piqued my interest when learning Go. The line that really got me was, “A query language for your API.” It reminded me a lot of Redis and part of that is because it is agnostic.

It’s been really fun both reading and watching videos on those two languages so far. The hard part for now may just be actually using it somewhere. It’s great and all knowing something but when it comes to using it that is another thing.

I still haven’t fully finished the GraphQL course but am liking it so far. There were some moments where I spaced out and wasn’t paying attention so I know I’ll have to go back and re-watch one or two videos but I’m okay with that. A lot of it does make sense to me so I can’t wait to put that skill to use one day.

I think a lot of that is also since I’m not sure what I want to build out just yet so these things I’m wanting and trying to learn have been super fun for me. Don’t get me wrong it’s great that I can add that to my resume and skill set but for now it really has been sort of a hobby for me to look over a lot of those languages.

I think the coming months will be fun for me in learning not just languages but other things as well; I’m really wanting to read other things outside of code too.