I'm in the same programming boat as you. (In my case, 18 years.) From your experience, what are the top three programming/learning tips you'd give the year-ago you?
On a somewhat tangential note, I've always been curious about sentences like this: "Contact me at ross underscore rosen at revelision dot com"
Are sentences like the one above an effective way to prevent spam? Or are most spambots sophisticated enough to account for slightly obscured spellings of email addresses?
While I'm still active in software development, I haven't done web development in 10+ years. I'm currently working on a side-project which is also teaching me "the works" when it comes to web development and deployment. Of course, I will still be a n00b by the time I'm done, but I'll soon have written and deployed my own RoR, data-driven website.
My side-project also shares a similar motivation as yours: First, it's my belief that most data isn't taken advantage of because most people suck at data. I wanted to see if I could take an existing, well-picked-through data set and extract value, just by sucking less. This could also describe my side project, which is in the sports domain.
You reaching this point is extremely inspiring. Thank you for sharing!
(that said, you probably could've gotten away with just HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery, D3, and Bootstrap, as the site could probably run off of flat static files...but even sussing out that architecture is its own skill)
Check out Flask! I am no Python expert, but Flask is an excellent micro framework that makes (especially simple web) app building a simple(r) process. It's also fun.
An AngularJS (frontend) + Flask / Python (backend) Boilerplate Application
Also, you need to drop in a full post with commentary, analogous to what you did with your "learning python" post. More feedback about tools, resources, learning sites, etc.
While you might have forgotten some programming, and quite a bit has changed over the last couple of decades, what is quite interesting to me is the efficacy of the result. Although I don't know what your word looked like 20 years ago, this probably shows that over the last couple of decades your sense of how to do something useful and present it has developed.
I would have guessed that a "what I did to catch up after 20 years of non-programming" project would have had a lousy UI (presentation), which yours does not. And while the presentation tools are better, the decision of what to present and how are still up the programmer.
So the 20 years weren't wasted :-).
The data on sunshine seems off to me. Surely San Antonio, TX has more sunshine than Lexington, KY.
yes - NOAA.