I gave a speech at SolarCity Toastmasters today. Here is my speech transcript.

Steve Jobs once said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Marc Andressen has a famous article, “Why Software Is Eating The World,” about how software is automating all kinds of routine jobs, and coding is becoming a digital literacy. Therefore today, I want to tell you why you should learn how to code and where to start.

There are three main benefits I think coding can bring you. First is job opportunities; second is the fun to create your own projects; third is the super power in the future.
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In Hack Reactor week 6 (the final week of our junior life), we started working on our MVP project. It’s our first time in Hack Reactor to work on a project solo. Within 36 hours, we needed to come up with an idea, write our product from scratch, and prepare a demo.


My MVP project is called Github Saga, which is a web service that allows you to enter your Github handle and find out your contribution data among your followers and following.

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In Hack Reactor week 3, we were introduced to Backbone.js. I didn’t fully grasp the concept of Backbone in class, so I would like to practice it and explain my understanding here.

Backbone is an MVC framework that is widely used in Javascript. MVC stands for “Model”, “View”, and “Controller.” The benefit of using MVC is that your code will be cleaner and easier to maintain/expand in the future.

So, first of all, let’s build an HTML page for our To-do app. We need to include jquery, underscore, and backbone library. The app.js is the file we will build for backbone.

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