Log of what of Kelly Dong has learned at Techie Youth

Fri. Aug. 12, 2022

8:12/22: Final Day

I've edited my website to include the new parts that I needed such as the techiyouth website link and info on the techieyouth cause. I then resubmitted the website.

Following that, I did all the graduation procedures and submitted the video.

Thu. Aug. 11, 2022

8/11/22 Week 6: Done and Almost Done

I finished up working on the web development assignment.

It mostly consisted of polishing some features and trying and failing to add other features.

I think the instructions were accurate. If I had the time, I would endless number of methods to improve my site.

The largest trouble I had was hosting my site. I had decided to host my site through google drive early on. However, I found this to not be possible. Info about hosting through google drive was from 2014 latest. Due to various updates since, I was not able to host my site through google drive. Instead, I decided to host my site through github sites.

It was pretty easy to do this. All I had to do was change the repository name of my site and make it public.

Tomorrow, I'll do the graduation video and finish things off.

Wed. Aug. 10, 2022

8/10/22 Week 6: Web Development

I received feedback for my assignment for Music Production. Thus, I changed the video from unlisted to public and re-submitted the assignment.

I also continued to work on web development. I've practically finished the mvp. All the content is in and organized. I have multiple pages and even an about me section. However, I also think that my product does not compare to even the free websites that web builders like wix ofter.

I'll see if there is anything I can do to add to the mvp. But, otherwise I'll put a deadline on submitting tomorrow. After all, I still have to do the graduation video.

Tue. Aug. 9, 2022

8/9/22 Week 6: Final Week

I missed writing a daily log, yesterday. So, I'll just fill it in here.


I continued working on my website. I have added some edits so that said website looks decent on both a phone screen and computer screen. However, I'm just not getting auto spacing to work. Thus, for the blog page, I've decided to do row <divs>. Its not that bad. After all, wix blogs tend to have row <divs>


I also went into the office today and signed the participant evaluation forms.

I'm still working on my website. All the content and stuff is in. I based all the content on issues that TechieYouth supports. Though, it is still just small summaries of the actual issue.

However, I'm still stuck on how to combine php and html. When I do so, my html forms just do not work.

I did not realize but this is also the final week. I'll have to work harder and aim to finish both the web development unit and graduation video by the end of the week.

Fri. Aug. 5, 2022

8/5/22 Week 5: Web Development

I continued to work on my website today.

I am continuing to work on the connecting between the list of post icons and the actually posts themselves.

I used flex direction: row just fine for the section on the home page. However, I want to use flex direction: column in the blog page and am running into problems. The largest one is that the sections are not spacing out correctly.

I think this will correct itself once I figure out how to auto space the body in order to cover the entire page.

A place that I am making good progress is the home page. I am almost done with it. I'm just trying to think up something that can spice up the imagery and help it look more like am official website.

Thu. Aug. 4, 2022

8/4/22 Week 5: Web Development, almost done

I went back to working entirely on my sample blog website.

I fixed the css problem I had yesterday by reverting to just one css file for all my files.

However, this means that I need a lot of labels and classes within each label. My css file is now pretty long however, it works.

Another problem I am having is linking my pages in "most recent posts" to specific blog posts. I don't see a method that will allow it to self update unless I use a database. Still, progress is coming along pretty well.

I have background images in place for both the header, footer and about me page. I also used photoshop to create my own logo for the home page.

Wed. Aug. 3, 2022

8/3/22 Week 5: Music Production Done! Just Web Development, almost done

I finished up the last verses of my song. Next, I used microsoft powerpoint's screen recorder function in order to record the song running. Then, I save the video as an mp3 file. Finally, I uploaded it to youtube and submitted the link.

Following that I went back to devoting all my concentration to my website blog. The blog pages are done and so is the about me. However, as I added more css files, there was a confusion in my links so I have to go back and fix that.

Tue. Aug. 2, 2022

8/2/22 Week 5: Music Production Final Assignment almost done

I continued to work on the music production final assignment. It's practically done. All that is left is to video it and upload it onto youtube. I plan to use microsoft powerpoint in order to screen record record the video and then upload it.

I ended up focusing mostly on the music product instead of the website but everything is still progressing steadily. I'm looking forward to finishing things up.

Mon. Aug. 1, 2022

8/1/22 Week 5: Music Production and Web Development Final Assignments

I finished up all the content for Music Production today. The quiz for monetizing music gave me some trouble as I wasn't sure where my errors were, but I fixed that eventually. i I then spent the rest starting on the final assignment for music production. I'm using Noteflight to write sheet music for the assignment. I have a theme down. I not just need to fill in all the other supporting verses.

In addition, I've also worked some more on my sample website. I got the blog posts done. Though, there is no database.

The website should be done tomorrow and the music is steadily developing.

Fri. Jul. 29, 2022

7/29/22 Week 4: Web Development final touches, Starting Music Production Course

I am now going through the final touches of my sample website. All of the pages are made: from the three main pages to the sample blog posts. All that's needed is to fill it all in with content and stylize it so that it looks more official and modern.

I am also considering how to add a database for comments. Though, I'm not sure if it will be viable.

I also started the Music Production course. This course is extremely nostalgic. I stopped playing the piano after high school but looking at the various scorewriters and music production software was fun and informative.

I took and passed the quiz on roles within the music industry and am now going through the course on how to produce music digitally on DAWs and etc.

Thu. Jul. 28, 2022

7/28/22 Week 4: Finishing Web Development

I continued to work on creating my own website.

At this point, I have become more familiar with the basics of GitHub and Git.

I've decided to create a basic blog and I've finished the layouts for the main pages. There will be three main pages: home, blog and about me.

I used <style> within the html doc yesterday. But as the amount of pages increase, I decided to create a separate css file and link it to the html pages.

Now, I still have to finalize said layouts and add images and content to the pages. Following that, I plan to work on the blog posts: content, comments and etcetc.

I've also given some thought to how I will host my basic blog. I've decided to use Google Drive to host it.

I also finally created all the social media sites needed for the intro social media sub-unit assignment.

Wed. Jul. 27, 2022

7/27/22 Week 4: Finishing Web Development

I finished all of the learning languages sub-section today. This includes both the video on Java and the quiz.

Following that, I finished the section on how to get hired as a web developer.

Then, I took the section quiz on web development and passed said quiz.

Finally, I began to work on the final assignment.

I want to create a website with HTML/CSS and Github. This, there was need to download a bunch of things like Atom and Git. Getting Atom and setting it up was not too hard. However, I found that trying to get git and github to work together was much harder.

I'm still working on the push and pull, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. The beginning of my new website is working well together as well. I have the basic front page down and I'll work on linking other pages tomorrow.

Tue. Jul. 26, 2022

7/26/22 Week 4: Web Development Languages (finishing PHP and Java)

Today, I continued where I left off in the PHP tutorial and then moved onto Python. Due to my familiarity with Python, I just across the entire tutorial video a lot and just looked at the big picture.

Finally, I moved onto watching the Java tutorial video. Of the 2:30:47 video, I have currently watched 1:49:40.

Among all the links, I really liked the various code games. They were both interesting and easy to use to learn the basics of each language. I wish I could create my own game. Maybe, it would be a space game?

Mon. Jul. 25, 2022

Week 4: More Web Development, Different Langauges

I went over the learning to code websites sub-section today. It was mostly tutorials on the languages needed to build a full comprehensive website. Including: javascript, nodejs and php.

I am currently in the middle of the php tutorial at 2 hours 12 minutes of the 4 and a half hour long video.

Fri. Jul. 22, 2022

Week 3: Finishing Up Databases and More

I finished up the databases course. This means that finished watching "Database Design Course - How to design and plan a database for beginners." I watched the four hours I had left using 1.5x and mostly learned about more keys and ways to use JOIN.

I then finished the database quiz.

Following that, I moved onto the Web Design and Goggle Analysis sub-units. The Web Design sub-unit was mostly about how to start off as a web designer and get your first client. Various videos all gave different tips and tricks to start off from discounts to cold calls and etc.

I'm not yet done with the Goggle Analysis sub-unit was a straight forward tutorial about using Goggle Analysis on your newly designed websites to monitor traffic.

Thu. Jul. 21, 2022

7/21/22 Week 3: More About Databases

I continued to learn about databases today. The "Database Design Course - How to design and plan a database for beginners" is the longest tutorial video I have seen yet at 8 hours. I've watched through about 4 hours and 3 minutes of the video so far.

The beginning was mostly things I already knew from the previous tutorial videos. However, the information about one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many and various relationships was interesting. I also liked learning about the various keys: primary keys, super key, candidate key, alternate key, surrogate key and natural key.

Wed. Jul. 20, 2022

7/20/22 Week 3: Wordpress and SQL and MongoDB

The WordPress videos were very interesting. However, I had some trouble with the Quiz. The wording in a few of the questions was confusing and I wasn't sure which question I got wrong. Still, I got it in the end.

SQL and Databases was great.

I especially loved the NCLAB Tutorial. It went through everything step by step and explained itself very well with examples. The Khan Academy Tutorial was great as well. I'm currently in the middle of the MySQL Beginners Tutorial video. It's quite long but also informative. I kinda with there was a MongoDB Tutorial like the NCLAB one. Still, this entire sub-unit was been really fun!

Tue. Jul. 19, 2022

7/19/22 Week 3: Git and Making Up Assignments

Today, I first finished up the Website Administration unit from yesterday and did the quiz as well. I then, moved onto the next sub unit: Version Control. Learning about SVN was interesting but I don't see myself using it when Github is much more accessible and widely used.

The Github tutorial was very informative and I liked how they showed everything from downloading Git to demonstrating how to push and pull. Though, using Github when collaborating is much more difficult than when you are doing projects alone.

Finally, I used the rest of my time today to catch up on my unsubmitted assignments for both Intro and Entrepreneurship. (Resume/Cover Letter/Executive Summary). I keep pushing back the assignments in favor of watching the various videos. They're just very interesting.

Though, the Intro section does have social media assignment asking for links to various social media accounts. I only use Facebook and Instagram. I really don't want to create more social media accounts. I'm not much of a social media person. I wonder if I can just submit the assignment with two links.

Mon. Jul. 18, 2022

7/18/22 Week 3: Web Development (cont.)

I continued to work n web development today.

I focused on using HTML/CSS and web development roles. I passed the quiz on HTML/CSS.

The most informative subsection was the website administration subsection and SSL subsection. It was helped to know not just how to create a website but to publish it for the public.

Among the many web development roles, I find my self leaning towards a more active role in either front-end or back-end development. I'm confident in front-end. However, I do want to learn more about how to do back-end development.

I will continue to work on web development tomorrow.

Fri. Jul. 15, 2022

7/15/22 Week 2: Executive Summary and Web Development

I continued working on my executive summary. Though, I decided to do one based on web development. Thus, why I started that elective course.

The web development course is easily the most interesting course I've done since starting this summer. It really fits into my interests. Though, I also took a peak inside of the Stocks course.

I did a few quizzes and passed those. Though, I'm now seeing effects of the previous Intro to Making E-Money course. I was working on my executive summary, but it just felt unproductive (even though I was being productive). I wanted to keep going through the videos and articles linked to this site and do the executive summary like a homework assignment afterwards. Still, I think I'm making good progress.

Thu. Jul. 14, 2022

7/14/22 Week 2: Funding and MVPs and Leadership

Today, I continued to going over Entrepreneurship & Business Leadership. Specifically, I went over the subsections about how to gather funding, minimum viable products and leadership in a business.

The subsection that I learned the most from was on gathering funding. It was interesting to hear examples about how tech and business can collide when trying to start a startup.

Finally, I started on the final assignment for this class: the executive summary for my own hypothetical business. I think I'm going to base it on digital design. It is something I have a real interest in and can also include things I've learned throughout the entire course.

Wed. Jul. 13, 2022

7/13/22 Week 2: Setting Up Said Business

Today, I went through the subsections for Customer Markets, Cofounders and creating an Executive Summary. I also did the quizzes of all said subsections.

I thought the Executive Summary was the most informative. The many documents needed to set up a business never occurred to me.

A more fun portion that I went over today was the branding section. I did those quizzes, too.

I especially liked the various videos about logo creation. Though, it does make me wonder how to set up a logo creation side business.

Tue. Jul. 12, 2022

7/12/22 Week 2: Business Models & Profit

I spent most of today continuing with Entrepreneurship & Business Leadership. Specifically, I went through the Business Models subsection.

Said section was very information. Throughout the various videos and articles, I have wondered what kind of start up I could create myself and what models I would use.

I also completed two quizzes for the subsections.

Mon. Jul. 11, 2022

7/11/22 Start of Week 2: Focus Entreprenurship

I spent most of today starting on the Entrepreneurship & Business Leadership. This included going over the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship.

A lot about Entrepreneurship is about being a good leader/speaker. This also ties into some clarifications such as Innovation vs. Invention.

Innovation is providing a good or service that is well received by the public. Invention is the creation of something new; though, it isn't a good or service in it by itself.

The most interesting video I watched today was How To Speak by Patrick Winston.

This was the longest video by far, more than an entire hour. I watched the video in 1.5x speed and thought it was very interesting. Winston clearly knew what he was talking about because he held my attention throughout the entire lecture about a seemingly boring topic.

I especially liked his many examples and anecdotes from co-workers. Ex. the pointer, the slide contents, the ending, the placement of contributions.

I'm looking forward to continue studying this tomorrow.

Fri. Jul. 8, 2022

7/8/22 Finishing Up the Pre-Requisites

I finished up the last few sub-units in Intro to Making E-Money.

Then, spent time going back and making sure that I've finished all the other assignments. Only, my LinkedIn, Resume and Cover Letter is left. I also still have to link my social media accounts. Though, I'm reluctant to make that many social media accounts. I only really use Facebook and Instagram.

Thu. Jul. 7, 2022

7/7/22 Working on Intro to Making E-Money

I continued to make progress in Intro to Making E-Money and took several quizzes on certain subsections. This includes Job Interviews and How to Work Remote. Both of these sections emphasize leadership and communication skills.

They both gave very good tips and tricks that I look forward to implementing.

Wed. Jul. 6, 2022

7/6/22 Finished Improving Your Quality of Life, but Kinda Confused w. Check Marks

I continued on my progress from yesterday and I finished the Improving Your Quality of Life and all it's assignments.

However, I am a bit confused with the check marks and how to confirm that I've actually completed the course. I'll continue with the Intro to Mark Money Online tomorrow and also work a more on improving my focus and time management skills with the things I have learned.

Tue. Jul. 5, 2022

7/5/22 Day One and Introductions

This was our first day at Techie Youth. I spent most of today familiarizing myself with the system. I looked over all the requirements and how passing the units was supposed to work. I took a brief overview of the elective units but then concentrated on the pre-requisites.

I watched both of the introduction videos and then worked my way through the sub-units. Both Intro to Earning Money Online and Improving Quality of Life were informative and I did a few quizzes on both sides.

I also put some time into updating my Linkedlin, resume and cover letter. They are still not done, but I'll probably submit them tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to everything I'll learn this summer. I plan to keep my work hours from 8am-1pm starting tomorrow.