And So It Begins…

After I failed my coding bootcamp, I felt like a failure. Like I couldn’t do anything with code and I should just quit life. And there were many times when I truly considered doing exactly that. But those times have passed.

Now, after much struggle, heartache, stress, and prayer, I’ve decided to start working on my first real app. While I’m not going to divulge everything about it, I am going to be blogging the process.

It’s going to be a mobile app, probably coded in React Native because I dig JavaScript and because it can cork for both Android and iPhones using (mostly) the same code. It will also include a backend but I’m not sure whether that’s going to be NodeJS or GraphQL. And I’m not sure which Machine Learning package to use. Possibly TensorFlow.js, Brain.js, or maybe I’ll learn Python and use the full, standard version of TensorFlow. I don’t know yet.

To help me along, I’ve hired one of my former mentors from the coding bootcamp to be my coding mentor and project manager. We’ll figure these things out together. With any of the tech we choose, there will be advantages and disadvantages, stresses and wins.

Creating this app is going to be a process, a long one. I’m the only coder on the project and I’m not great. I’m probably not even good. But I’m determined. This has to work. I’m delivering groceries with Instacart to fund the project. And I can’t wait to quit doing that. What a craptastic job. But the pay isn’t bad and I get to (somewhat) choose my own hours. I just keep reminding myself that I’m doing this to fund something larger, better, more meaningful than delivering groceries to people who would rather keep playing WOW and eating Cheetos.

Javascript. HTML. Machine learning. UI/UX. Business. Finance. Fund raising. I have a lot to work on and learn in the coming months.

As you join me on this journey, you’ll share in my stresses, my successes, my trials and my wins. Yeah, they’re mine. And they can be yours too. Together, we’ll be on this journey to create an app that has the potential to make the world a better place, one gas powered vehicle at a time. 😉