If you happen to read this post, I would like to thank each and every student for the opportunity to do what I do best: teach in a classroom. I enjoyed  our classes together, and I hope that I helped set you in the right direction. If you work as diligently as you have already, you'll be developing websites in no time. Or by mid-August, anyhow.

You may recall my mentioning that I am more of a teacher and web designer than a true web developer, and the folks in charge have decided that your instructor should have more years of experience in building JavaScript from the ground up. I did not disagree with them, since I knew it was going to be a challenge for me to be able to teach something that I implement (daily) but do not create all on my own. I am proud to say that I never misled anyone about my skills, but I can understand that some people either made assumptions about what I knew or were using me as a fill-in until someone else was found. The good news for you is that you will be able to boast about really knowing JavaScript after you complete this course, unlike me.

I wish you the best in the front-end web developer class. I already have a job teaching English in the fall, so I probably won't be seeing you at any web developer job fairs. Here's a link to my resume website so that you can get an idea how a web designer might implement the creations you'll be working on--lots of links to sites I've built on the bottom. If you just want something interesting to read, try some of my articles about being new to the Jacksonville area on NewJaxWitty. It's just a blog, so no special design there. You can contact me through the contact page, if you want.

I'll be taking back all my JavaScript books to the library now, so please check out one or more when you get to that part of class. Or try a thrift store or used book store. Remember to use W3Schools and to keep practicing. It's taken me a decade to get really good at some parts of building websites, and you only have a few months.

My last lesson for you is to remind you that in a world of suits, you're going to have to have thick skin. Not everyone is going to give you respect, whether you have a degree in computer programming, a rigorous web developer course, or a knack for learning all on your own. Take every opportunity and work hard to prove that you are worthy of that chance. If someone pulls you down, you know what to do.

Thanks again. I hope to see you around JAX in the near future.

Jacksonville News

New Jax Witty

Articles, reviews, advice, and legitimate research to go along with some back-handed comments. Think of us as Jacksonville's mother-in-law.
  • How Long Does Google Take To Update Streetview After Taking Photos?
    19 Days and Counting

    We've all used Google Maps, and most of us have used the little yellow guy to access Google Streetview. In this mode, Google tells you when the images were taken. I'd never really questioned how long Google takes to get that new image onto the Google Maps website. Luckily, I have the data I need in order to figure it out for my own neighborhood.




    I have a camera that records each vehicle that passes my house. I don't normally look at the images, but I just happened to be testing the system recently. I saw a Google Streetview vehicle passing my house within the recorded images, and the timestamp means that I can accurately determine how long it takes Google to update one specific street (as long as I visit the site every single day to check on the progress). Even if it takes me a few days to figure it out, we'll get a good ballpark estimate.

    The Google vehicle passed my house on April 29th, 2019, which you can see in the image. A Monday at 10:53AM. As I begin this article (May 18th - 19 days), the streetview for my block has yet to be changed, but I'll update right here at the first sign of a change _______________________.

    It's actually odd that my block needs a new streetview, since the last one was done in December of 2018. The one before that had been March of  2011. So why was the Google car in the neighborhood again? Maybe it's because some areas of my neighborhood are still stuck in 2011. Perhaps the new images didn't all get uploaded properly in 2018, so I was seeing a do-over. I actually hope Google uses the new-new images, since my lawn had some disease issues in December of 2018. Come to think of it, since home-selling websites use Streetview, I wonder if there's a way to request a certain version or a retake for after your cousin moves his RV out of your driveway.
  • Roadside Knife Stand - Only in Florida
    My wife was driving through central Florida when she got to see something that surprised her, even though she's now lived in Florida for a couple of years: a roadside knife stand. I have to admit, I was even a little taken aback. My first question for her was whether or not she took a photo of the stand, which she did not. I'd seen oranges and other edibles before. Nuts, watermelons, etc. Shrimp, even. And you'll see people set up yard sales right out to the street, maybe with antiques (or just old junk). There was a place along Locust in Milwaukee where you could pick up a used appliance right from the sidewalk, which was a little odd, but you can apparently get cutlery along a state highway in Florida.




    My understanding is that anyone who sets up on public property along the road would need some kind of a permit to sell. Even the homeless in Jacksonville are supposed to have a permit to ask for money. I will assume that this guy had said permit from the local jurisdiction. If he didn't, I would not think that a knife stand would last very long along a state highway. Unless, of course, he was the off-duty local sheriff.

    If this man had been selling fruit instead of blades, he would have fallen under the Florida Cottage Food Law, which allows him to sell with:
    no license, inspection, or training from the ag department.
    That's good for up to $50,000 in Florida, and I am sure if you can make a little more than that in cash, no one's going to notice.

    I found some information about roadside fireworks stands and roadside flower stands in Florida, but knife stands were not really addressed. Probably because no one ever thought someone would sell knives along a highway in our state. However, I think that just about anything will be attempted at some point in Florida, so there probably does need to be some kind of regulation as to what can and cannot be sold along the roads. Like guns, exotic animals, and probably fireworks (which are basically illegal to shoot off anywhere in Florida). 

    The best bet is to resist your temptation to stop and check out the inventory. When no one stops at your (hopefully) illegal roadside stand, then you don't set it up too often in the Florida sun.