The MEANStack Newsletter Issue 1
2/18/2022 - Introduction, Must-Check-Out Learning Resources, Subscribe Now
If you haven’t met me… I’m Andrew Weisbeck - Full Stack Web Developer
I’m new to the game - well, new to the being a developer part of creating websites and such. I used to use basic coding that I could get by on while also using website editors like Elementor to create websites.
I realized this was whack and wanted to actually design websites. Then I worked in Cybersecurity and I learned a lot about the back end of technology and wanted to create the whole process and create my own apps and websites - so I started learning Full Stack Web Development!
In a total of about 6 months, I have learned most of the necessities needed to be a good developer and cybersecurity analyst. I really care about designing and developing websites and web apps the right way. I wanted to create a newsletter and chose to make it about the first stack that I have learned well. That first stack would be the MEAN stack (which is an awesome and popular stack framework) - I by no means only use the MEAN stack, it is just what I have the most experience with and decided to talk about it for this fun newsletter!
MongoDB - Database for documents
Express(.js) - Node.js web framework - “Fast, unopinionated, and minimalist”
Click on the picture to go to my personal webpage @GeauxWeisbeck4 - which is also my Twitter name!
Enough with the introduction! Here are some must have Web Developer learning resources:
Most of this first newsletter is kind of getting acquainted with each other - I plan to send this out every Friday for all subscribers and more frequently for paid subscribers. But I’m going to go ahead and include a few great resources that helped me get to this point in my career.
I want to pay respect for how much these instructors helped me and also so you can find them early on if you are a new developer or find them wherever you are at in your career and can find help with something your struggling with.
Wes Bos - https://wesbos.com/ - Canadian Web Developer
-Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats ft. Wes Bos & Scott Tolinski -
This podcast has the most amazing tips, especially for new web developers. Wes is one of my favorite teachers, because of his brute honesty about what it takes to be a web developer. He also has great courses that get you right into coding while learning - this is my personal favorite way to learn. This podcast is fun because they go over every little thing you could imagine in web development, but in a way anyone can understand.
When they start an episode, they start pretty high level about what you should know so newbies can enjoy the show. They then dive into more technical aspects of what you should learn to level up, or give you a resource to use to level up. Hands down my favorite Web Developer Podcast available.
As mentioned earlier, Wes does a really good job at teaching you all the high level and low level details that you need to know as a developer. He gets you going in his courses quickly by teaching you how to do everything that you should need to know in CSS Flexbox. He teaches it in a way that makes it really easy to understand, then immediately makes you apply it to create something you can use for a project. It’s awesome and my favorite way to learn. *Oh and it must be mentioned that both me and my Fiance Lisa, absolutely love the fun whistle tune for every new video you start in What the Flexbox - I was learning this during a stressful time and it made us both happy :) *
Front End Masters
Jen helped me design my home website which was a task I dreaded forever. I wanted to make it look somewhat different from what I had been creating before - which was dreadful. I wanted to show that I could put together HTML and CSS. I followed her videos, but also used my own coding to make the website mine. You can follow her steps to make a personal resume website on your like mine!
Front End Masters does cost $39 a month, but they are so worth it with the level of education that they provide. They have a diverse group of fun instructors that show you how to quickly get going and build things with code. I believe they do offer previews or some free courses to get you started, but the good stuff is in all the paid subscriptions.
Dr. Angela Yu & Colt Steele Web Development Bootcamps - Udemy
The way I did it was by going through Angela Yu’s first very quickly, because she provides a lot of project opportunities throughout and early on in the course so you have a lot to show off right away. The only issue was I didn’t personally look close enough at the fundamentals the first time through, so I did that on Colt Steele’s Bootcamp and that kind of helped me to completely understand the web developer full stack process with the MEAN stack framework (even MERN and now learning Python stacks) with both of these courses.
I’ve read people leave bad reviews - ignore those - those people have no idea how incredibly hard and tasking it is to create a course of this magnitude. I don’t know how they did it without losing their minds. There IS SO MUCH MATERIAL that is so awesome. It is the user who doesn’t learn how to be a web developer out of these courses.
The only reason I had to use both was because I fast forwarded through certain parts I shouldn’t have and wanted to learn a different way on certain topics to polish off my skills as a web developer. You may only need to take one class - I hope that’s all you have to do, but don’t feel bad if it takes multiple classes!
You can find all of Colt Steele on GitHub and the other links I previously provided.
Happy Friday! Thanks for reading - check us out next Friday or try our paid subscription for more insight!
Well I’m about to high roll into my weekend and apply for jobs, clean the apartment, and try to make some money while listening to hip hop. Check out my Sick Ass Rap playlist. Some good tunes to take you into the weekend.
I’ll be launching my blog soon once I finish creating my blog app and will be launching a podcast episode soon - so stay tuned!1
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