1. Louise
    February 9, 2016 @ 3:43 pm

    It sounds like you’ve found a club who’ll provide great value to you. I wish there was more of this type of thing in my city. (They’re very small and informal, and you don’t get much of a chance to have your say. It’s more about someone getting a chance to brag.)

    Is there a specific area of development you’re wanting to focus on? I want to get better at design, but I see a need to improve my PHP and JavaScript as well.


    • Adri
      February 10, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

      Hi Louise! Thanks for stopping by!

      I really want to do some development. I’m doing pretty well with the designing part, but I’m really itching to create something more functional along with the “good looks,” so to speak. I’m currently learning PHP and Javascript (mainly PHP for now so I can have a better understanding of WordPress’s templating system so I can build my own themes) and I also plan on learning Ruby (on Rails) and Python too in the later future. But then, it seems that the more I try to take my time to learn web programming languages (especially Javascript), the more it gets complicated, especially with all the frameworks (Node.js? Angular? React? Meteor? And to think, I thought jQuery was already enough…) flooding around the net lately.

      Speaking of GDI, some hours earlier, I actually found that there’s a new local chapter that just opened, which is a little closer to me than San Jose (this new one is in Oakland). I decided to join the GDI Oakland Chapter as well, primarily because they have volunteer opportunities whenever they’re offering classes. I signed up for their volunteering as a TA for anything HTML/CSS, WordPress, Git/GitHub, and (basic) PHP. I’m not ready for Javascript just yet.


  2. Raisa
    February 11, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    There’s a GDI chapter in my area, but I haven’t gone to a meetup yet! There’s also a WordPress meetup here that I go to regularly. It’s close so I can get there pretty easily, but the GDI meetup is always a bit of a drive. Meetups are so awesome for networking and learning from others. :D


    • Adri
      February 12, 2016 @ 1:16 am

      Yup. But I do notice the difference with how each chapter handles their own. For example, GDI San Jose has bi-weekly study group meetups, GDI Oakland is still kinda fresh and new and are always open for volunteers to help the chapter grow, GDI San Francisco (in my opinion) is the more “high class” chapter, where they become really elaborate in offering different types of classes (for a fee since they have to pay the instructor). Oakland is slightly nearer to my hometown, with San Jose coming in second. San Francisco is actually just a mile or two west from Oakland, but it’s expensive to go there ($6 Oakland Bay Bridge toll + $$$$ public parking). Even BART trains are getting expensive too.

      But I agree. I’m naturally a shy person but now I’m really open to networking with others. ^_^


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