Welcome to Brennan's Duck Portfolio!
Hello! 😊 Thank you for visiting my web portfolio—it means a lot to me. I have built this website from scratch in the past three weeks, using several different technologies and frameworks. My initial commit to the project's repository was May 19th, and it was presented on June 8th.
Additionally, I am using the NPM packages ESLint and Prettify for code analysis and pattern maintenance, the packages Mocha and Chai for testing, and the packages http-errors and body-parser for validation.
Finally, this website is currently being deployed on Heroku under a free Dyno plan, so I apologize for any issues regarding speed or connectivity!
I decided to build my own web portfolio as the subject of this project to further my knowledge regarding back-end web technologies, while creating something that will be beneficial to my career. I hope that this demonstrative, visually-appealing website exemplifies my talents and character, as well as opens up opportunities to network with others.
Limitations: Through sheer luck, I managed to get my initial objectives set for this website completed on time, and in a presentable fashion. However, compared to the scope (and importance) of other group's projects, I feel like there is a lot currently lacking. In theory, an informational website such as this could be displayed completely statically, not requiring such a robust back-end.
If I had extended time, I would have added an actual database component (Eg. MySQL or Redis) instead of simple .JSON files, as well as look into adding an authentication/security page. I would have also liked to have been able to work on more ambitious front-end aspects as well, such as a Life In Weeks visualization, or add a pre-processor to my styles such as SASS or LESS.
Currently, there are three separate pages on this website to demonstrate different features and functionality within the scope of the described framework:
- Docs: is an example of a static webpage and has the project's README instructions to download and deploy your own version of this open-sourced website.
- Projects: is an example of a dynamic webpage that parses through a local .JSON file and pulls data to display in HTML.
- Feedback: is also an example of a dynamic webpage, however it also allows the client/end-user to add to the local .JSON file, and has proper error-handling and validation of respective input fields.
This project is a collaboration between Duck Labs and EvolveU that aims to teach students the entirety of the spectrum of full-stack web development, starting with the visuals and UX of the front-end, and ending with the database and server communication of the back-end, with the result being a complete and functional website.
Specifically, this work is meant to exemplify the pedagogy of Project-based Learning. PBL is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience. PBL presents opportunities for deeper learning in-context and for the development of important skills tied to career readiness.