Inspiration

This was a non-profit commissioned project I made in 2014. The Dorothy Day House is a homeless shelter located in Berkeley and provides outreach and support to those most in need within our community. The head directors at Dorothy Day House contacted me about re-designing their old webpage to make something modern, practical, and user-friendly.

Challenges I ran into

Figuring out how to integrate all the API's into the code and learning how website hosting works proved much more difficult than I thought. Coming up with a layout and design also proved to be quite a challenge since I knew nothing about web development.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I'm proud that I was able to accomplish this seemingly hopeless task as my first real coding project. I built the entire page up from bare HTML and CSS files and was able to make use of my limited javascript/jQuery knowledge.

What I learned

From this project, I learned the basics of web hosting and development/design. I also learned how to make real, world connections in business and gained valuable networking skills. This project served as my introduction to writing code and I feel like this hands-on introduction has given me a good start in the programming industry.

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