Brought to you by:
Sam O'Donnell

Web Designer &
Developer

Gratias Development is brought to you by Sam O'Donnell

“The best cobbler is not the one with the best equipment, but rather, the one that makes the most of the tools available.”
— Aristotle

Starting the Journey

  • Graduated from College in 2014 with a degree in Philosophy and Catholic Studies.
  • Began teaching at a small Catholic School in Montgomery, Al.
  • Taught long enough to realize that I did not want to teach for the rest of my life
  • Began to gauge my interests and look elsewhere for employment.

A New Direction

  • Began learning HTML/CSS in June of 2017.
  • In July of the same year, I delved into JavaScript for the first time.
  • Around this same time, I began to broaden my horizons in the tech field, by studying for the CompTIA A+ exam.

Discovering a Passion

  • After earning the CompTIA A+ in late November, I began to devote myself full-time to learning code.
  • At this time I buckled down with more in-depth HTML/CSS/JS training
  • By the end of February I had found employment and started my career in Web Dev/Design

Learning Resources

While I did not attend any brick and mortar schools, I did attend the school of Google. Meaning, that while I may not immediately know the answer to a question, or even how to do something in particular, I am adept at navigating the sea of knowledge provided by Google in order to find the answers that I seek. Additionally, I learned everything that I could while spending as little money as I could. Thus the words of Aristotle ring true. I made use of what I had available to me and was able to translate that into a career.

While I did jump around a lot, I found that these resources helped me more than anything else. The first two provided a firm groundwork that the later were able to really build upon. Additionally, CSS-Tricks, StackOverFlow, & Mozilla Developer's Network have filled in the gaps.