As a graduate of Cohort 25, Dillan shared that his favorite part of his six months at NSS was capstone season. He explained, “You’re able to take everything you have learned, put it into practice, and slowly create something beautiful, one day at a time.”
He encourages students to always be learning and coding. Dillan used tutorials on sites like Team Treehouse, Udemy, and YouTube to practice the skills he was learning in class.
He also recommends that students listen to guidance from their instructors to avoid unnecessary obstacles. One of Dillan’s obstacles was learning Firebase. He used it in his front-end capstone and while it gave him the opportunity to learn it, he expressed, “using a simple JSON API would have been a better solution (at the time).”
His front-end capstone, called NASM Trainer, is a workout app that allows the user to select exercises by their goal and customize a routine. He built it with React.js, Firebase, and Materialize.
Dillan’s back-end capstone is a social application, called The Spectrum, that allows users to watch video tutorials based on their membership level. Users can interact with each other through profiles, blogs, and friend requests. He built it with Python and Django and integrated it with the Stripe API for secure payments.
While searching for his first web development job, Dillan is learning Docker, Angular, Node.js, and TypeScript. He has definitely embraced the continuous learning of a developer.
Learn more about Dillan on his portfolio website.
Check out all of the recent grads on Cohort 25's class website.
Hear the graduates talk to our friend, Clark Buckner, about their journey into development and their experience at NSS.