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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #11

My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

Last week I was reading on wired that the next big blue collar job was going to be coding. I did not really know what to think of this. At first glance, programming lost its luster of being an untapped needed career, making me (a programmer) replaceable. This has always been the case but the recent boom of programmers is scary when entering a profession, competing against some of the smartest people in the industry.

On Wednesday I went to meet up with my weekly trivia team, and a new guy came who was a “full stack” developer. He used that term loosely because of the “what the heck does that entail” title that holds. But he kind of reaffirmed my fear of the article and agreed. Sure he said but this is no different than any other career now. It seems like everyone is fighting to stay ahead of the curve and automate as many processes as they can. Because technology has become such a cornerstone for many companies, automating and maintenance surly would follow. But because of this the need for “maintenance” increases especially within the dev community.

He agreed with the article, but development turning into the lusterless career path is not true. The need for developers is greater now that it has ever been. Being apart of the growing community of developers is a great place to be right now. And the need for “you” in a company setting is only going to become more prevalent.

Search Enumerables 

So picking up where we left off. Every method in Ruby must return a value. When we iterate or enumerate over a collection with #each, its return value is always the original constant. With this in mind, if we want to display the changed array values, dependent on what your method does, you may need to add an empty array ( new_array = [ ] ) to shovel ( << ) those values into.

There are many forms of #each, that can enact different outcomes. A few of the others are:

  • #select => When you invoke #select on a collection, the return value will be a new array containing all the elements of the collection that causes the block to pass a return value as true.
  • #detect/#find => #detect and #find can be used interchangeably. This will return only return the first element that makes the block true.  
  • #reject => #reject will return an array with the elements that return a false value

These listed above are all apart of the family of search enumerators whose purpose is to help you refine a collection to only matching elements.

A few that I use most often, I have found, is #each, #collect or #map (which are interchangeable), and each_with_index. A little more about enumerators can be found, and a quick reference that I have found very useful, is located here (http://ruby-doc.org/core-2.2.0/Enumerator.html). You will use these all the time, and I know how important this concept is. Locating and changing information based within your set of data is a key to programming. Essentially programming is the pushing and pulling of data and data manipulation. Being able to quickly and effectively iterate through data will increase your chances of landing a job, and becoming an officiant “blue collar worker” – as Wired so eloquently stated.

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Winter Sale on Designmodo Products, 50% OFF!

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Winter Sale on Designmodo, 50% OFF!

Got the winter blues? Let’s think forward to the end of winter with a 50% discount on all our products, including everything in the Designmodo Market! Use coupon code WINTER to save 50%. Add any (or all) of the goodies from the Designmodo Shop and Designmodo Market to your cart, use coupon code WINTER during checkout and watch […]



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20 Amazing Free Headline Fonts You Must Use In 2017

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2017 is right around the corner and people are making some interesting predictions regarding typography.
“Gone were the days when the digital sphere is very reluctant on using flashy typography on websites. As one of the most powerful and straightforward ways to create brand personality and tone, expect that more brands will take advantage of over-sized and hand-drawn typography on their websites this 2017.”

To be honest, that doesn’t surprise me. I’ve read a gazillion articles with tips and tricks for using typography in branding, and almost every single one contained this advice. “Use hand-drawn fonts to give your brand a human touch”

However, while designing a landing page, poster, presentation or just an image for your blog, there are always certain things you need to highlight, and a hand-drawn font might now always do the trick. In this case, a proper typeface could be really helpful. If you want to make an impact and get people’s attention, you need to use huge bold headline fonts. Even bold font may have its own personality: elegant, light, funny, energetic or serious.

In this list we have put together 20 bold free headline fonts. To download the font you need to go to the primary source, so make sure to read a licence of the font before using it. Also, we’ve rounded up a few amazing helvetica alternatives that you should deffinitley check out.

Intro Condensed Free

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

LIBERATOR

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

PIER

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

DUAL typeface

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

AXIS Typeface

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Bushcraft Font Family

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Billy

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Berlin

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Jaapokki

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

ACHI FONT ($5)

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

JACK Font ($10)

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Panama

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Barry Free Font

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Natasha

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Dense

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Oduda

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Origicide

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

REKLAME SCRIPT

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

Biko Font Family

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

ONTWERP

20 Bold Huge Fonts Perfect for Headlines

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20 Gift Ideas for Web Designers

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Gift Ideas for Web Designers

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a MacBook Pro with Creative Suite. Well, that’s not exactly how the holiday jingle goes, but if you are a web designer this list of gift suggestions is for you. From expensive toys to books and fun tools, we have compiled 20 […]



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17 Great Letterpress Business Cards That Define Past and Present Craftsmanship

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With the advancement of technology, sometimes it is good to move forward quickly, but sometimes it is good to connect with the past and use trusted precedents for print. With Letterpress Business Cards you get an old style printing method that has evolved from functionality into an art form. At Jukebox Print we understand that human creativity, just like the human body is constantly surpassing itself and raising the bar to new heights. By surpassing ourselves in Letterpress, we tested our skills and perfected the art and the result is the ability create unique things never seen before.

While we understand that looking at a picture of a Letterpress Business Card might not warm your soul quite like looking at a painting by Matisse does. Even still, we hope our work inspires you. Maybe after this, you will think Letterpress Business Cards are as cool as we do.

Circular Business Card

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These 2″ Circular Business Cards were produced in fine detail with 15 colors of Letterpress. The final touch is exquisite pastel pink Painted Edges.

Jean Jullien Business Card

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These unique die cut cards were produced for the Parisian designer Jean Jullien. Finished off with painted edges.

Lion Business Card

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We took the challenge from designer Ksyu Deniska to create this intricate card with eleven colors of Letterpress and strokes as thin as .02 mm!

Don’t Try Studio Business Card

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3ply Layered Business Cards with 5 colors of Letterpress made for Parisian designer Monge Quentin.

ABSOLUT Business Card

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Letterpress is the perfect complement to other specialty print processes such as foil, as shown here with the beautiful black ABSOLUT card.

Ribbon Business Card

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This cute ribbon-shaped card is the perfect design for an event planner.

Pillow Texture Business Card

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This luxurious business card features a 3D embossed pillow texture with letterpress, making this one of the most expensive business cards around.

Deer Embossed Business Card

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Wonderful 3D embossed card with a subtle touch of letterpress.

Bloom Creative Business Card

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Combining creativity with functionality these cards feature 9 colors of letterpress with a deep impression, white foil stamping, and 3-ply layering. Each card has a unique color backing.

Vintage Business Card

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This vintage Letterpress project was produced on paper from the late 1800’s! These cards were produced for Setback and Jukebox will soon provide the ability for people to order cards on real, vintage 100-year-old paper. These will truly be the most unique and original cards. The old style of printing combined with the antique paper makes this piece uniquely special. You can feel and smell the history of these cards and they are the perfect cards for any vintage selling company.

Ice Cream Business Card

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This cute ice cream business card was generated with seven colors of letterpress. The color in the design is the result of immense details and pulls of a great retro look.

Pineapple Business Card

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The cutest business card, a custom die cut in a pineapple shape with letterpress and gold foil.

Leather Business Card

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Letterpress and real leather, a perfect combination. A multi-use as a hang tag that can double as a business card as well.

Seashell Business Card

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3D embossed to the shape of a seashell with simple letterpress type. This card may look cute but is very difficult to execute!

Paint Swatches Business Card

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his simple, colorful business card doesn’t seem so simple once you realize it was created with 19 different colors of letterpress!

Foxyards Business Card

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Another stunning combination of Letterpress and 3D embossing.

Typewriter Business Card

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This custom die cut typewriter is the perfect card for an old school writing enthusiast.


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Is Your Web Development Team Making These (Common) Mistakes?

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Is Your Web Development Team Making These (Common) Mistakes?

Designers who have the opportunity to work with a great development team are a fortunate lot. The others, not so much. If you’ve worked with inexperienced development teams, or teams that promise a quick turnaround but provide less than quality work, you could be excused. You probably think that bugs, slow loading, or bloated code, […]



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Mozello: A Website Builder For Creating Amazing Sites

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Due to the ever-increasing reach of the internet, having an online presence or website for your business is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Now, not everyone can code and deploy websites. Similarly, hiring web developers or design agencies too might be overkill and beyond the budget of many folks. If this is the case, a website builder can come to your rescue.

Basically, a website builder lets you create a blog, website or an eCommerce store with ease without having to deal with technical aspects of web development. A good website builder will take care of everything for you such as web hosting, coding, mobile-friendly websites, etc.

If you are looking for one such solution, meet Mozello. It lets you create modern, feature-rich and amazing websites in just a matter of a few clicks.

Mozello: A Website Builder For Creating Amazing Sites

What is Mozello?

Mozello is a simple and no-nonsense website builder that does just what it is supposed to do: help you create websites. It has a ton of features to its credit, and whether you are building a blog, a website or an online store, Mozello can handle it all.

Here is a basic run-down of all that Mozello has to offer:

  • Mozello lets you setup and build websites in just a matter of few clicks and within minutes.
  • Every website that you create using Mozello is fully responsive and mobile-friendly. Thus, no matter which device your visitors might be using, your website will look great across all screen sizes.
  • Mozello supports multilingual websites and also offers exemplary SEO features.
  • You can integrate with external services such as Disqus or Google Analytics.
  • Mozello offers support and detailed documentation if you ever run into a problem.
  • Mozello can be used to create virtually any type of website: a portfolio, a corporate site, a blog, a news site, an online store, etc.
  • Mozello is totally ad-free (even on the free plan).
  • You need absolutely zero technical skills in order to use Mozello. In other words, there is no steep learning curve.

Pricing

Mozello offers three plans for you to choose from — Free, Premium and Premium Plus. Let us run the features of each plan.

The Free plan, as the name suggests, is free of cost. You get 500 MB of storage and you can create an online store with ten items. The catch is that the free plan shows a Mozello link in the footer. Plus, you must use a sub-domain for your site such as yoursite.mozello.com If you have had any experience with WordPress.com free plans, you can notice a good deal of similarity here.

mozello website builder

The Premium plan of Mozello does away with all the limitations. You get 50 GB of storage and can add up to 100 items in your online store. Plus, you also have the ability to map your custom domain and there are no links to Mozello anywhere on your site. This plan costs $7 per month.

And the Premium Plus offers everything of the Premium plan, but with no limits. You get unlimited storage and can add unlimited products to your online store. For this plan, you will have to pay $14 per month.

Also, it is worth noting that all plans support mobile devices and offer great customization features to help you setup your website. Furthermore, social media integration, SEO, support for Google Analytics as well as access to HTML code is available on all the plans, including the Free plan.

Mozello in Action

Once you login to your Mozello account, you are presented with the choice to select the design template that you wish to work with. This, of course, can be changed later on.

Thereafter, the customization and editing happens by means of a frontend live editor. You just need to click on the concerned block or section and then you can edit it therein.

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Similarly, adding a new font scheme or color scheme is also a matter of just a few clicks.

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The sidebar on the left offers you links to the sections that you might need.

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You can add a blog or news section to your site. It is interesting to see some fine details in Mozello. For instance, you do not see any mention of comments when live editing your website. But if you head to the Settings part of your blog, you will find a field to add your Disqus shortname and integrate Disqus comments on your blog.

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In the Settings panel, you can specify the favicon for your website as well as Google Analytics tracking ID. You can also change your account settings.

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For code junkies, the ability to add custom HTML code in body or head is also there.

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As you can see, creating and editing a website using Mozello is fairly easy and requires no knowledge of web design at all.

Conclusion

A good website builder should be able to do two broad tasks: save the user’s time and be powerful enough to accommodate different types of websites. Mozello accomplishes both of these tasks very well.

First, it can save you not just time and efforts but also money. Picturize this: you can code and build your website yourself. So you probably can invest time and save the Mozello fees. However, you still will need some place to host your site, and good web hosting is not always cheap. As such, even if you possess the technical skills required to build websites, you might still end up spending more than what you would’ve with Mozello. For $14, you can get unlimited storage with Mozello as well as a handy website builder; doesn’t happen everywhere, does it?

Secondly, Mozello does not churn one website after another. Instead, it gives you full control of your site. Don’t like a given block or page? Remove it or edit it. Wish to change the font scheme? Need a blog on your site? All yours!

Website builders are not everyone’s cup of tea. Sometimes, you do need access to a proper database as well as custom coded scripts. For example, if you are running a gigantic forum, you might be better off with a dedicated piece of software. However, for all practical purposes, if you wish to get online quickly either for your own site or your clients’, Mozello is a decent and worthy site builder that you should surely take a look at.

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16 Places to Find the Best Free Stock Photos

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Find the Best Free Stock Photos

Good images are a key part of putting together a great website. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult. Your options are to take the photos yourself, buy images from a photographer or stock image site or to find images that are free and available for use. That’s what we are going to […]



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Move to HTTP/2: On the Wire for High Speed Connection Performance

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Move to HTTP/2

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the systematic rules for managing the transfer of different kinds of files such as text, images, music, videos and other multimedia files used by the world wide web. It explains how files are formatted and transmitted between the server and the browser. Internet protocols like HTTP are a collection […]



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15 Must Use Tools for Email Marketers

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You’ve heard the saying before, “The money is in the list.” This is true, but exactly how much money is in the list? A lot, apparently: The guys at Monetate analyzed over 500 million shopping experiences and found that email beats search and social media combined as the biggest driver of conversions. Compared to 1.95 percent average conversion rate for search and 0.71 percent average conversion rate for social media, email resulted in an average conversion rate of 3.19 percent. This fact was further bolstered by data from the Direct Marketing Association that revealed that marketers can expect a ROI of $38 for every $1 they invest in email marketing.

Now that it’s been established beyond the shadow of a doubt that email outperforms pretty much every other channel, how do you ensure that email works for you? It is by having the right tools. Here are 15 must use tools for email marketers; these include some less-known tools that are helping people get amazing results, so enjoy.

  1. GetResponse

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If you want to succeed at email marketing, you need a reliable email service provider; going with the free Feedburner, or a cheap email service provider, is not recommended. GetResponse has the basic features – such as the ability to send an email, view subscriber info, etc – that most email services have, but they take things up a notch with the ability to split test any part of your email. Their “Email Intelligence” feature also lets you see how your emails are performing at a glance, and their “Inbox Preview” feature allows you to see how your emails will look in pretty much any email service (Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc.).

  1. ConvertKit

Many people are familiar with GetResponse and Mailchimp, and all the popular email service providers out there, but the big boys now have to keep looking over their shoulders; ConvertKit is new to the game, but it is different. ConvertKit separates itself by focusing on two things: Simplicity and automation. It boasts of allowing people to setup their list in five minutes; it is marketed towards professional bloggers, but it can serve anybody that needs a reliable email marketing service.

  1. Optin Monster

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Optin Monster is probably the most well-rounded plugin out there for capturing more email subscribers; some of their features include a Full Screen Takeover (this takes over your site, putting your optin offer front and center in front of your subscribers – in the process boosting subscriptions), a Popup feature, an Exit Intent popup and, more importantly, the ability to split test your opt in forms. Several big name bloggers rely on this plugin for their list building.

  1. SumoMe

SumoMe is one of the most popular, all-around free giveaway plugins available today; unlike most list building apps that only come as WordPress plugins, SumoMe can be used with any website. Their Welcome Mat feature allows you to use full screen takeovers to build your list, and people have reported getting thousands of extra subscribers as a result. They also have scroll triggered opt in forms, popups, and opt in forms that can be inserted directly into your content.

  1. Kingsumo Giveaways

You’ve probably witnessed one or more of the WebDesignLedger giveaways? For a more recent example, you can take a look at the Jupiter Business WordPress Theme giveaway to see a WDL giveaway in action. These giveaways are powered by the KingSumo Giveaways app, and if done right they can be a good source of email optins.

For example, a notable example of someone who tapped into the power of the KingSumo app is Josh Earl, who was able to add 200,000 extra subscribers to his email list in just 11 days.

KingSumo Giveaways allow you to turbocharge your list building by running viral giveaways. The plugin has a lot of features, including the ability to schedule the start and end dates of your giveaways and the ability to run unlimited giveaways.

  1. AWProTools

If you use AWeber, you’ve probably been frustrated at a point due to their lack of automation features. While they are slowly introducing automation into their service, they are not yet perfect. AWProTools handles automation for AWeber, by giving you the option to move subscribers from one list to another depending on which part of your follow up sequence subscribers are in, by allowing you to segment your list based on clicks, etc.

  1. Litmus

Litmus

It can be frustrating to send emails that look perfectly okay at your end only to start getting emails from people who use different email clients, complaining that your email to them is broken. Litmus helps solve this problem; they let you test and see how your email will look in over 40 different email clients. They also make it easy to know when fans print and forward your messages, as well as how long people spend reading your messages.

  1. InterSpire

If you don’t want to pay the expensive monthly subscription fees that most email service providers charge, then you might want to go the self-hosted route: This way, you have the software that manages your email hosted on your servers. InterSpire Email Marketer is one of the best solutions for this; it features includes analytics and tracking, the ability to enable double vs single optins, ability to use an autoresponder, the ability to schedule emails, etc.

  1. SendGrid

If you self-host your email platform, it can be risky sending emails directly through your servers; in no time, your IP could be flagged and you’ll find yourself shut down by your hosting provider. The solution to this is to use an email delivery service, and SendGrid does a perfect job of this. More importantly, it offers a lot of basic features for free. SendGrid comes with easy integration via API, real time analytics, and encrypted email delivery.

  1. Benchmark

Benchmark is an email service provider with a focus on responsive, mobile-friendly emails. They also offer real-time reports that show you how people are interacting with your emails. More importantly, if you are big on media, they have an email editing tool that allows you to edit images in their dashboard without the need for you to have Photoshop. They have a free plan with limited features.

  1. OptinSkin

If you find the default opt in forms of your email service providers ugly, OptinSkin is for you. OptinSkin allows you to create dozens of beautiful optin forms to be strategically placed on your blog, and they make it easy to integrate these forms with any email service provider.

  1. MailMunch

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MailMunch also allows you to create beautifully-designed forms that you can place on your website to capture leads; this includes pop ups, slide in forms, and header bars. Their forms are mobile optimized, and they make it easy to split test your forms for conversions.

  1. Thrive Leads

Similar to OptinSkin and MailMunch, Thrive Leads allows you to have beautiful opt in forms on your website; their drag-and-drop editor makes it easy to customize your optin forms to your look and feel, and their advanced targeting features are second to none. They also offer A/B testing and actionable reporting.

  1. Route

Many email service providers are slowly realizing the importance of email automation and are making it a part of their features. Route, however, focuses solely on automation and works in a way where actions trigger reactions. It can be powerful for boosting sales and following up with subscribers depending on what action subscribers take.

  1. MailChimp’s HTML to Text Email Converter

If you have HTML email/content that you’d like to convert to plain-text version before sending, MailChimp’s HTML to Text Email Converter is the tool you need. It does exactly what its name implies, and you do not need a MailChimp account to use it.

Conclusion

What other email tools would you like to add to the list? Kindly let us know by commenting below.

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