Now Read Students, Alums & Staff Blog Posts all in One Spot with the Hack Reactor Community Blog Feed

Hack Reactor students, instructors and alumni have a hub to stay in touch with each other: the Community Blog. This is a forum for students, instructors, and others in the Hack Reactor network to share their thoughts, experiences and code. Whether they have moved on from Hack Reactor or are still at the school, our community members are constantly taking on new projects, experimenting with programming tools and doing deep dives into fascinating topics. Everyone gains by having a shared space to learn from each other’s experiences.

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Through the school's student support system, regular social nights, and alumni meetups, Hack Reactor maintains a strong community among past, present and future attendees. The Community Blog is a natural extension of this ever-growing network.

Here’s a brief sampling of what’s on the Community Blog right now:

Alum Jeff Lee blogged throughout his time at Hack Reactor, and has kept it up since leaving the school. In this post, he discusses something that can make any coders life more efficient and streamlined: setting up your text editor--in his case, Sublime 2. Lee goes into the granular details that can make all the difference over many hours of coding:

“I make sure my whitespace is configured to my liking. I think most coders who lift hefty amounts of JavaScript go with indentation 2 spaces at a time, so that’s what I do. I prefer it because it takes up less space than a typical 4-space tab, which is critical when viewing code in split-screen mode. I also like having the option to manually change indentation with spaces if necessary for alignment purposes. Mixing spaces and tabs gets messy.”

Forrest Thomas, who has been blogging steadily through his Hack Reactor experience, summarizes week 8 of the program, including the beginning of the program’s culminating Thesis Project:

“Here it is. The big one. Everything we have learned at HR in one project. *shudders* The thesis project is our final achievement here at HR. As such, it is full of technologies and architecture that I would not have dreamed possible a mere 8 weeks ago.”

Recent grad Emily Dong wrote about her final project at Hack Reactor, a centralized database for pet medical records:

“For the long project period at Hack Reactor, I chose to work on a project that has been on my mind for over a year and to solve a problem I’m personally very familiar with. I have two little dogs, Bowser and Apple, and because of my lifestyle, these pups are well traveled. They’ve lived in multiple cities, they fly on holidays, and they’ve visited their fair share of daycares. Each time one of the aforementioned events occurs, we have to fill out a form and show proof of vaccination. Their paper vaccination record was getting beat up and even our vet was unclear on their vaccination dates.”

Read the rest of these posts and plenty more at the Community Blog.

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