I got in to Hack Reactor! I didn’t know how nervous I had been until I finally got the acceptance email.
After I gave them my signature and paid my deposit, they filled my inbox with a barrage of rules, suggestions, and assignments. The guidelines for what was expected of me were clearly, both for the space I would be working in and what would be required to successfully learn the material. HR had said the pace would be fast, and they weren’t joking.
Hack Reactor’s last big assignment was to build a twitter-clone that made its own random tweets. Twittler pulled from all of my new skills and even a bit of jQuery, a powerful tool that can help every level of web developer.
Finally, I could build a (really basic) website! I was shocked by how much I was able to learn on my own, but it helped to have the best resources picked out and a system to hold me accountable. I had a couple weeks of down time before the course started, so I decided to pick up a slightly more ambitious project called Overtimer, and you can take a look at it in the Tools section.