AUTHOR: Bradley Portnoy

I'm a recovering politico and brand marketer diving head-first into the world of software development, and always searching for ways to impact the world for the better. These are my thoughts.


On jQuery Animations + The Queue

One aspect of Hack Reactor that I've been particularly impressed with is the way the curriculum is structured; we're always learning multiple concepts. Today, we not only continued our exploration of BackboneJS, but also taught ourselves CoffeeScript. Early last week, we found ourselves refreshing our jQuery while learning about the different JavaScript instantiation patterns. How did we do that? By coding up a dance party, with different dancers moving about the screen, each sharing some methods…

Back to School

Almost two weeks ago, I filed into an office tower that sits above Powell Station in San Francisco for something that I thought I'd never experience again: the first day of school.

I always liked going out into the world and getting work done much more than talking about things in a classroom. Case in point: my senior year, I dropped the "Campaigns & Elections" course at my university so I could spend more time working on the 2008 Obama campaign in New Hampshire. So when I graduated in the spring of 2009, I didn't think I'd ever return to the classroom.

But as the years passed, I moved farther away from doing work that I loved, and work that