Student Spotlight: Alex Bozinovic

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Alex took our Intro to Web Development Course Series – Part I, covering HTML & CSS, and Part II, covering JavaScript & JQuery. Get to know Alex and learn what his thoughts on the class!

Man coding with a dog

What keeps you busy during the day?

I work for Quicken Loans on the Marketing Team (specifically the email team) as a Front-End Email Developer. I write the HTML code for all of the emails that we send at QL.

Why’d you take the class in the first place?

I was interested in updating my HTML skills with HTML5 and getting a stronger understanding of Javascript and JQuery to hopefully move into more of a web developer role possibly.

Did you have any experience in coding or programming before?

Yes I did. I began taking Computer Science courses at Wayne State University 3 years ago and got about halfway through the program. I’ve also made WordPress websites for friends and family in the past.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself during the class?

It has been a while since I’ve written higher level code, and working with Javascript surprised me how many general coding “best practices” I retained.

Do you look at technology differently now?

Technology is a little less intimidating now, but on the downside, some of the “magic” was also lost.

What’d you end up building?

I built a website for me to display show dates for my fledgling stand up comedy career. [You can check it out here or a snapshot below.]

A snapshot of Alex's website

Now that you’re done and created a website, any plans to continue?

I want to clean up the site I built in class and make it better, but also I want to start dipping my toes into the pool of becoming a professional web developer.

Have you used your skills since the class ended?

I use the HTML portion of the class daily in my current role with Quicken Loans. I still tinker with Javascript and JQuery in my free time at home.

What are your thoughts on Grand Circus?

Grand Circus is a great low pressure place for people to kick start their careers in IT!