Alex Nielsen

Web Developer, Dad, homeschool teacher, handyman, gardener, band nerd, jedi...

About Me

Since I was teenager, connecting to BBSs on my Atari 800, I have enjoyed working with computers. I learned HTML in 1994 when the internet was the "new thing". In 1995 I developed and continued for almost 15 years to maintain the website for a performance group I was a member of. I also worked professionally in web development for a few years at the turn of the century, but moved on to try some other things. A few months ago, I had an epiphany that I needed to be back where I loved, working with computers. I have been relentlessly catching up on web technologies with a goal to re-enter the field. I am currently studying HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, and responsive design. I have also been a photoshop user for more than 15 years. I am seeking part-time and freelance work designing and developing websites with my sights set on a full time web development position as my studies progress. I have also been teaching percussion for 25 years, so I am very interested in opportunities to teach technology.

What I've been working on...

Current Projects

30 Days, 30 Sites

This is a project I came across on the Facebook group Newbie Coder Warehouse. There are similar challenges I've seen out there on the web but this one is, well, just like it sounds, making 30 simple websites in 30 days. I've started a seperate page to link to my 30 projects

Free Code Camp Weather App

I've been working through the Free Code Camp cirriculum. This is the current project in the course. As of this writing, the link will take you to a very bare skeleton with not really working weather! This will be in various states of completion depending on when I get back to updating this page.

Lambda School Mini Javascript Bootcamp

This was a free mini bootcamp where they gave a lesson each night for 4 days of about an hour and then there was homework to complete. The first three days were pretty easy for me but the fourth day is giving me a little more trouble. Closure, callback functions, recursion, etc. If nothing else, it has helped me figure out what my strengts and my weaknesses are with JavaScript.

Completed Courses

Over the past few months I have been learning as much as I can about web development. Here is a list of some of the courses and tutorials I have been working on.

Watch and Code - Practical JavaScript

This is one of the best beginner JavaScripte courses I have come across. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to get a good jump on making things happen without having to suffer through Hellow World for the millionth time.

Introduction to HTML5 by University of Michigan

Introduction to CSS3 by University of Michigan

Interactivity with JavaScript by University of Michigan

Advanced Styling with Responsive Design by University of Michigan

Learn the Command Line
Learn Git
Make a Website HTML & CSS
Learn HTML & CSS: Part I
Learn JavaScript
Make an Interactive Website
Learn AngularJS1.x

PSD To a Creative Landing Page Using Twitter Bootstrap 3

A smarter way to learn Javascript


Currently seeking clients for small business websites. I can design an affordable, cost effective website and assist managing your social media presence and search engine rankings. Please contact me for more information by clicking the email link at the bottom of the page.

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