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Bryn Price
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Bryn Price
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 7,253 Points

Thank You Team Treehouse

Just wanted to express gratitude and emphasise why this site is so useful.

I started the Full Stack JavaScript tech degree as well as have previously doing the Ruby On Rails track. With an aim to get a web developer job professionally.

I am only on module 4 and have yet to have the confidence to try and get a job doing it.

But I felt like I have gained depth and confidence in what I have already learned. I work in a Customer Services job, my job consists of 3 main responsibilities, processing repair bookings, processing liability claims and handling complaints.

We had a new booking process going ahead and I thought I would pitch in with some suggested improvements. Because they were looking to make things a lot stricter on agents to avoid booking errors and knowing what agents are like and the plethora of errors that would occur and I don't think a crack of a whip is going to stop them from happening. So I figured there would be a way they could prevent these errors with a bit of coding.

Not only did they like my idea, I have been given time to work on coding it and leaving room for us to automate the process, which is what we're currently working on. So saving time processing bookings and catching errors agents make before they send a booking over.

I have ended up making use of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In addition, used both JQuery and AngularJS (initially I was using JQuery, but figured as we had more ideas on improving the app, something like AngularJS would help me scale it better) and making good use of JSON. And I've managed to convince the powers-that-be to put money into paying for an Address API, so I could implement it so agents can avoid any silly address errors on a booking (which saves paying for a wasted call). I have also been working with my colleague, who is working on the Excel macros for processing the bookings, so I can make sure the data my web app creates works with his macros, as his goal is automation. So far the number of errors has gone down by more than half and we're not even finished.

It also has earned me the supervisor bonus this month. Granted, I am still working a loss give the bonus is £100 and this costs me $100 a month, but I'll have a drink on Treehouse at least. :P But I am surprised by the level of skill I have from doing these courses and how much I actually understand from it, rather than how I was coding before "I know it works, but I don't know why it works", and knowing "why" has helped me plan and structure myself better to resolve problems.

I may even try and be cheeky and try and convince them to have a developer role, if there's other areas I think that can be aided and save time & money and create my own job. After all, I can see other areas where I could make something that'll help.

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Nice!