Web Development Immersive

The only thing standing between you and a rewarding career as a web developer? Nine weeks with us.

You’ll learn:

  • HTML5

    HTML5
  • CSS3

    CSS3
  • Responsive Design

    Responsive Design
  • JavaScript

    JavaScript
  • jQuery

    jQuery
  • React

    React

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Upcoming Sessions

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Summer
2017

July 24 to
September 22, 2017

Registration full.

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Fall
2017

October 16 to
December 16, 2017

Deadline: August 17, 2017

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What is it?

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Ready to take charge of your career and join the creative class? Learn the skills you need to become a web developer from industry leaders.

During HackerYou’s bootcamp, you’ll learn HTML, CSS, responsive design, JavaScript, jQuery, APIs, React and Firebase – all the skills you need to become a junior web developer. The program is nine weeks long, during which you’ll join us at HackerYou HQ five days a week from 10am to 6pm. We’ve assembled an all-star team of talented professional developers and they can’t wait to teach you everything they know. With 315 hours of class time and hundreds of exercises, plus a major project assignment every step of the way, HackerYou's bootcamp is designed to help you to develop the skills you’ll need to succeed as a junior web developer. You’ll leave HackerYou’s bootcamp not only with a certificate, but ready to jump into a brand new role. Get ready for the learning experience of a lifetime!

What can I expect?

Upon graduation, you can expect to have the skills needed to start a successful career as a junior web developer or professional freelancer.

Our bootcamp focuses on specific web development skills (HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, JavaScript, jQuery, React and Firebase) for two reasons. First, nine weeks isn't that long. Rather than trying to teach both front-and and back-end development, we focus on the JavaScript and the front-end, so that our students graduate with expertise and confidence. We're not in the business of creating generalists - we create specialists, with in-demand skills that employers are willing to pay for.

Which brings us to the second reason we focus on these skills. It's where the jobs are. Every company, big or small, needs web developers to create and manage their web presence. Agencies need web developers, and so do startups. As a web developer, you can even start your own freelance business. We choose these skills because they gives you options.

It doesn't limit you, either. We have tons of grads who are now back-end or full-stack developers - even iOS and Android developers. Your company may groom you in that direction, or after gaining some work experience, you may decide to return to HackerYou to take our part-time full-stack development course, where we teach Node.js, React and Express. Or, as you grow as a developer, you may decide to focus more on design and UX. The bottom line? HackerYou gives you options.

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  • 9

    intensive weeks

  • 315

    hours of in-class learning

  • 30

    students per cohort

  • 200+

    exercises

  • 10:1

    students to instructors

Course Timeline

Pre-Course Prep

Typically 30+ hours

Everyone has their own way of preparing for HackerYou’s bootcamp. Most people will have strong command of HTML & CSS before even starting the program (either through learning on their own or taking HackerYou’s part-time Web Development courses), which we assess through the technical challenge that is required for admission. It is impossible to over-prepare for the bootcamp, though, so we encourage students to dive into coding and programming pre-bootcamp in any way that appeals to them.

Nine-Week Bootcamp

315 hours over 9 weeks

We'll start at the beginning, ensuring students understand both fundamental and advanced aspects of HTML, CSS and responsive design. We'll then spend three weeks learning JavaScript and jQuery, and then dedicate the final three weeks of the bootcamp to mastering JavaScript through the React library with some help from Firebase. Each week you'll build a web project from scratch, with your final piece being a custom portfolio to house them all.

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On-going Support

3 months+

At HackerYou, we're with you until you reach your goals. Each week we host a weekly meeting for students who are on the job hunt, led by HackerYou CEO, Heather Payne. She and other HackerYou team members are also available to meet with graduates one-on-one anytime. We'll help you create a strategy for success, informed by everything we’ve learned from helping the HackerYou graduates who came before you. It's our secret recipe for success.

Why this bootcamp?

HackerYou is a registered Private Career College

Tons of support

During the bootcamp, you'll learn from three full-time team members plus additional mentors. Our team is truly world-class. With a class size of about 35, we ensure you'll get the attention you need.

Curriculum design

We worked with professional educators (people with degrees in education!) as well as industry-leading developers to design the course and develop curriculum, and we iterate constantly.

Be a big fish in a small pond

Each cohort has about 35 students. We could easily have more. But we choose not to. We just happen to think 30 is the right number for a bootcamp program.

Learn with the best and brightest

Not everyone is cut out for a career as a front-end developer or freelancer. We interview and screen applicants to ensure that everyone accepted has what it takes.

Learning for everyone

We've designed our curriculum for everyone, whether you like to learn with drawings and charts, text, or listening and then reviewing later. Plus, every lesson is accompanied by exercises, giving you lots of opportunities to practice what you're learning.

A modern classroom

We use a bunch of technologies to make learning more efficient. We use real industry tools like Slack and Basecamp to connect students outside of class. We also use HelpCue (an app created by HackerYou bootcamp graduates) to make sure access to help is fair.

Soft skills

To become a successful front-end developer, you need more than just coding skills. HackerYou is education for the whole person. You'll learn all about things like personal branding, as well as the skills required to land a full-time job or start a freelance career.

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Our Community

Considering a move to Toronto?
We help our out-of-town students find housing before the program begins. Contact us for more details.

On-going support

We offer an optional opportunity to extend your learning by joining us at HackerYou for a month after the bootcamp as your start your job hunt or launch your freelance business. We actually still have lots of graduates hanging out at HackerYou all the time. And we love it.

An amazing alumni community

One of the best things about joining HackerYou is the alumni community. Our graduates love getting to know our current students. They come back for events, to speak on panels, and just to hang out. Getting to know our graduates can be really motivating and comforting. And you might just make some new friends!

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What will I learn?

Technical Topics

  • HTML5, CSS3 and responsive design
  • Precompiled syntaxes like Sass
  • JavaScript fundamentals, jQuery and using REST APIs
  • React and Firebase for rich interactive application development.
  • Version Control and open-sourcing code using Git and Github
  • Workflow automation and JavaScript tooling with Gulp
  • Sublime Text
  • Paired programming & working in teams
  • Best practices for modern web development
  • Website accessibility requirements

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  • HTML

  • CSS

  • JavaScript

  • jQuery

  • RWD

  • React

  • Sass

  • API

  • Sublime Text

  • Gulp

  • Github

  • Standards

Extended Experience

Launch your freelance business or find a job

After the bootcamp, you're welcome to work from HackerYou. It means you can find a job or launch your freelance business with the support of the HackerYou team and other bootcamp graduates. Though the extension is technically for a month after your bootcamp ends, we love having HackerYou graduates around. Until we run out of space, you're welcome to hang out at HackerYou as often as you like!

What will I build?

Over nine weeks you’ll build an awesome portfolio.

One of the best things about the tech industry is that it isn't about where you went to school or what degree you have. It's about what you can build. So, at HackerYou, we place major emphasis on ensuring you graduate with an impressive portfolio that shows off your skills. During the nine-week bootcamp, you'll build seven web projects from scratch. Check out some examples below.

Bootcamp Week2

Week 1 & 2

A three-page website

For your first project, you’ll be assigned a three-page website design that’s been created by a professional designer. Your task will be to bring the design to life using HTML & CSS in exactly the designer’s vision. This is a core skill for junior front-end developers, and we’ll make sure you’re very good at it!

Bootcamp Week3

Week 2 & 3

PSD to responsive website

In Week 3, you’ll be assigned a professional single-page website design from several options. You’ll again code the site from scratch to bring to life the designer’s vision, adding a great-looking and functional form, embedded media, and a navigation menu. This time you'll also have to make the site completely responsive for all screen sizes, considering even the smallest smartphone or the large size of an iMac.

Bootcamp Week4

Week 4

jQuery Interactive Site

For your first JavaScript project, you’ll learn about pair programming work with a partner to create an interactive user experience with a jQuery library. What you create is up to you! It could be a quiz, game, or something else entirely. It’s time to let your creativity shine!

Bootcamp Week5

Week 5

Web application using an API

This week you’ll be working solo, and your project for the week will be a one-page web app. You’ll use an API to pull in data from one or more sources, and then add some cool functionality and style the rest of the site. We encourage students to spend extra time coming up with shareable app ideas - these are often some of the most creative and exciting projects to come out of the bootcamp, and we love to share them widely.

Bootcamp Week6

Week 6

Client API Project

For this week’s project you’ll be assigned to a team of three as well as a “client” looking to have a specific web app created, complete with technical requirements and a style guide. In your group, you’ll use your knowledge to develop the app from scratch, while collaborating as a team both in-person and via Git and GitHub.

Bootcamp Week7

Week 7

Rich Web Applicationn

With your new knowledge of the React library and Firebase, this week you’ll start building your first truly rich web application, such as an app that takes notes, manages to-dos or books appointments. Once complete, this will definitely end up being one of the most impressive pieces in your portfolio

Bootcamp Week8

Week 8 & 9

Portfolio

You'll spend Weeks 8 and 9 putting the finishing touches on each of the projects from the previous weeks to get them portfolio-ready. You’ll also whip up a portfolio site using plain old HTML & CSS, which will house all of your creations and give potential employers a way to learn more about you. As soon as it’s ready, we’ll send the link out to our industry partners so they can see the fresh talent about to graduate from HackerYou.

Course Syllabus

Details

  • Pre-Course Prep

  • Week 1

  • Week 2

  • Week 3

  • Week 4

  • Week 5

  • Week 6

  • Week 7

  • Week 8

  • Week 9

  • on-going support

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Pre-Course Prep

Before you start

Everyone has their own way of preparing for HackerYou’s bootcamp. Most people will have strong command of HTML & CSS before even starting the program (either through learning on their own or taking HackerYou’s part-time Web Development courses), which we assess through the technical challenge that is required for admission. It is impossible to over-prepare for the bootcamp, though, so we encourage students to dive into coding and programming pre-bootcamp in any way that appeals to them.

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Week 1

HTML5 & CSS3

This course starts with the fundamentals of web development. In your first week, through a mix of lessons and hands-on exercises, you’ll start learning HTML and CSS. For your first project, you’ll be assigned a three-page website design that’s been created by a professional designer. Your task will be to bring the design to life using HTML & CSS in exactly the designer’s vision. This is a core skill for junior front-end developers, and we’ll make sure you’re very good at it!

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Week 2

HTML5 & CSS3

In week 2, we’ll continue learning and building out your  HTML and CSS. Then, we’ll tackle responsive design. On Wednesday, you’ll start your second project: a single-page website with a great-looking and functional form, embedded media, and a navigation menu. This project will also be fully responsive.

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Week 3

Responsive Design

In week 3, you’ll learn about CSS techniques like transitions and animations, working with grids, CSS preprocessors like Sass, and much more. Your responsive website is due by mid-week which will formally wrap up the HTML & CSS portion of the course. For the rest of week 3, we’ll split your cohort into two or three groups (with two or more instructors per group) and begin our deep dive into JavaScript. We start at the very beginning by introducing you to programming fundamentals such as objects, functions, and arrays. Over the weekend, you’ll have time to review the fundamentals so that you’re in good shape for Week 4.

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Week 4

JavaScript & jQuery

This week, we’ll dive further into the fundamentals of JavaScript and explore jQuery, a popular JavaScript library. For your first JavaScript project, you’ll work in pairs to create an interactive user experience with a jQuery library. What you create is up to you! It could be a quiz, game, or something else entirely. It’s time to let your creativity shine!

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Week 5

JavaScript & jQuery

In our second full week tackling JavaScript & jQuery, you’ll learn about Ajax, JSON, and working with APIs. This week you’ll be working solo, and your project for the week will be a one-page web app. You’ll use an API to pull in data from one or more sources, and then add some functionality and style the rest of the site. We encourage students to spend extra time coming up with shareable app ideas – these are often some of the most creative and exciting projects to come out of the bootcamp, and we love to share them widely.

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Week 6

JavaScript & jQuery

In week 6, you’ll learn about version control and open-sourcing code using Git and Github. You’ll also learn workflow automation and Javascript tooling with Gulp. For this week’s project you’ll be assigned to a team of three as well as a “client” looking to have a specific web app created, complete with technical requirements and a style guide. In your group, you’ll use your knowledge to develop the app from scratch, while collaborating as a team both in-person and via Git and GitHub.

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Week 7

React & Firebase

This week we start exploring the popular JavaScript library, React. You will learn how to use React to create modular and reusable interfaces for your web applications. This week we’ll also look into Firebase, a backend-as-a-service (BaaS) system that allows us to create web applications with persistent data. This week, you’ll start building your first truly rich web application, such as an app that takes notes, manages to-dos or books appointments.

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Week 8

React & Firebase

Building on the previous week, you’ll continue to develop your final web applications and explore more features available in React and Firebase. Though there will be several lessons and exercises on more advanced topics related to JavaScript, React and Firebase, you’ll have a lot of time to get help with whatever you need in order to be ready for week 9’s big events: Demo Night and Industry Day! This week, we’re also starting to get you thinking about life after bootcamp and your job hunt. HackerYou’s CEO Heather Payne will take students through a 90-minute session about finding their first jobs as developers, based on everything that we’ve learned since introducing our bootcamp program in 2014.

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Week 9

React & Firebase

It’s finally here! Eight weeks of hard work brings us to the most exciting week of all – week 9. Wednesday evening is Demo Night, a celebration of our soon-to-be bootcamp graduates. Hundreds of people, including friends, family, recruiters as well as HackerYou alumni, will fill our space to check out our students’ work. As a student, you get to celebrate the end being near!

Then, on the final afternoon of the bootcamp, we host a well-loved event called Industry Day. We invite the same number of employers as we have students, and have these employers rotate around the space, spending two minutes with each student. It’s high-energy and fun, and the perfect way to wrap up nine weeks at HackerYou. This helps students perfect their elevator pitch, which they’ll need to start on their job hunt the following week.

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on-going support

We're with you until the end

After the bootcamp, you’re welcome to continue to work from HackerYou as you conduct your job search or launch your freelance business. Our CEO Heather Payne hosts a weekly meeting for anyone who’s job hunting, and there are separate meetings and resources for those pursuing freelance careers. Plus, Heather is available for one-on-ones and career strategizing any time. At HackerYou, we’re committed to helping you reach your goals, no matter what it takes.

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Meet your Instructors

Lead Instructors

Ryan Christiani

@rchristiani
ryan@hackeryou.com

Ryan Christiani is a front-end developer living in Toronto, Canada. He has worked on sites for large multinational companies, small startups and agencies. He has taught at a college level, teaching part-time at Humber, as well as mentored with Ladies Learning Code. He is excited about learning and helping others gain new skills.

Sylvia Nguyen

@sylviacreates
sylvia@hackeryou.com

Sylvia Nguyen is a front-end developer and designer based in Toronto. She has collaborated on websites and interactive web applications at creative agencies in Toronto such as Secret Location and Playground Inc. She is motivated to keep learning new things and share her knowledge with others.

Simon Bloom

@SimonWBloom
simon@hackeryou.com

Simon is a developer, writer, and instructor. He has taught at both HackerYou and Ladies Learning Code, and currently works as a developer and Lead Instructor at HackerYou. Previously, Simon has worked at several digital production agencies, including Nascent, Jam3, and Grassriots. He is incredibly passionate about teaching web development, and loves helping students get excited about building beautiful web projects. Recently, his writing was featured on the website CSS-Tricks.

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Tuition

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Course includes:

315 course hours

114.5 hours of lessons

10:1 ratio of students to instructors

On-going support for grads while job hunting

Access to the HackerYou community space

Meet our Grads

  • Meet gab

    I moved across the country a week earlier and immediately felt at home. HackerYou is like summer camp for people who are ready to start doing meaningful work and change the world. I made lifelong friends, learned an entirely new skill set and changed my life.

    about
    gab

    Graphic Designer turned Freelance Designer and Developer at Gab White Art & Design

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    touch

    @gabwhite
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  • Meet asaf

    Honestly, there are plenty of ways you could learn to be a professional web developer. HackerYou teaches that really well, but they also work to build towards all the best parts of what the tech industry can be; exciting, diverse, and incredibly social and friendly.

    about
    asaf

    Comedian turned Freelance Web Developer

  • Meet emily

    Facing a dead-end career, I decided to attend HackerYou. Now I have a rewarding job and a great career path. I've met friends I'll have forever, and had an experience I'll never forget. I finally know where my life is headed. And I'm psyched.

    about
    emily

    Former librarian, now realizing her dream at Rangle.io

  • Meet nancy

    HackerYou gets you ready for the industry. You leave not only equipped with fundamental skills and industry best practices but also the right attitude that coding is creative and fun. The diverse and inspiring community of people drives you to always challenge yourself.

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    nancy

    Musician turned developer, now employed at Dynamo in Montreal

  • Meet wisam

    Curious about front-end web development, I joined HackerYou. Nine weeks later, I left with many incredible memories both inside and outside the Lab, with and without a computer. Now I have vision and clarity, and I love what I do!

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    wisam

    Backend developer turned full-stack developer, now working with cutting-edge tech at rangle.io

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    @_wzaghal
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  • Meet frank

    I really love the alumni presence at HackerYou. As someone new to the tech industry, the mentorship and insight from alumni who have been in my shoes has been invaluable. I look forward to mentoring the next cohort and perpetuating this cycle of success!

    about
    frank

    Innkeeper turned web developer, now full-stack engineer at CircleCI

  • Meet emilia

    The group that HackerYou brings together are intentionally diverse in their backgrounds: librarians, receptionists, journalists, freelancers, and of course, designers. But we all have one very important thing in common: we want to create beautiful, interactive web experiences.

    about
    emilia

    Designer turned developer, now working at Facebook in Menlo Park

  • Meet hamsa

    I got the feeling that there was something more than code I was going to learn at HackerYou. I had found a community passionate about learning and helping one another. I felt at home.

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    hamsa

    Graphic designer turned developer freelancing in Pune, India

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    touch

    @hamganesh
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  • Meet kevin

    At HackerYou, there’s a sense of community; everyone has a passion for what they’re doing, the teaching is infectious. I have a different outlook on work and life in general now. I feel a lot more positive.

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    kevin

    Musician turned developer now working in the startup world at AdParlor

  • Meet jordan & trudy

    Everybody could be a programmer. People come to it from different backgrounds and bring different knowledge to it. Our success comes from our problem-solving nature, and willingness to be wrong. We didn’t plan to start an agency; we just followed our instincts.

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    jordan & trudy

    Economist and mainframe developer turned co-founders of Up at Five, a Toronto-based digital agency

  • Meet Tom Wark

    HackerYou’s learn by doing approach was a perfect fit for me, and the experience was nothing short of amazing. The opportunity that HackerYou provided has put me in a position to absolutely love what I do every single day and I couldn’t be happier.

    about
    Tom Wark

    Construction worker turned senior developer and consultant

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Our Learning Environment

PAUSE

HackerYou’s bootcamp operates out of a 12,000 square foot, custom-designed learning space in Toronto

Outfitted with four huge classrooms, open work and lounge space, full kitchen, boardroom and more, conveniently located at 483 & 485 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, HackerYou's office is easily one of the coolest in the city.

We did three months of renovations and worked with an incredible designer to make our vision a reality. We love it. And we think you will, too.

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Our space features:

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>BS-Question-Standard-Circle Program Admission Requirements

To be accepted to HackerYou’s Web Development Immersive Program, you must:

  • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, or for Mature Students, you must have achieved a score of 18 on the Wonderlic Mature Test.
  • Attend an interview in order to determine fit
  • Successfully complete a technical assessment using HTML and CSS

HackerYou’s Web Development Immersive Program is selective, and we always receive many more applications than we have space for. But we encourage all interested applicants to apply! We love meeting with potential students to determine which program or path is right for them, based on their background and individual goals. Why not apply today?

Student Showcase

Beercraft Custom WordPress Theme

A Wordpress theme built for microbreweries. Includes an age gate, HTML5 video and is totally responsive.

built with

  • HTML
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • Wordpress
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
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Custom WordPress Theme

A responsive WordPress theme featuring templates for blogging, static pages, and a custom photo gallery.

built with

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Wordpress
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Personal Styling Application

A web app that uses the Wunderground API to get weather data and return suggestions for what to wear.

built with

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Wunderground API
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KVLT SCÖRE Web App

KVLT SCÖRE is an interactive web app that tracks the amount of Heavy Metal bands globally.

built with

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Echo Nest API
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Winenot Web App

This web app uses the LCBO API to narrow down choices at the LCBO based your on search criteria.

built with

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • LCBO API
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Photographer & Developer Portfolio Site

A responsive portfolio site for a web developer/photographer.

built with

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • jQuery
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Pauline’s Dinette WordPress Theme

A responsive WordPress theme that's highly customizable with page content updates and featured items.

built with

  • WordPress
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Sass
  • Git
  • Github
  • Gulp
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Music Festival Playlister

A sleek web application that uses the EchoNest and Spotify APIs to create customized playlists.

built with

  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • EchoNest API
  • Spotify API
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