John Newton: Awesome Inc U Graduate, Web Designer

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By Sarah Brookbank

One of our goals at Awesome Inc is to help everyone pursue their own definition of awesome, and our coding school is a way we work towards that goal. For two years Awesome Inc U has helped anyone and everyone learn to code, from professionals looking to beef up their skill set to middle school students who learn the more practical side of Minecraft.

John Newton was looking to learn a new skill when he came to Awesome Inc with some C++ coding experience. John recently got a job at eLink Design in Lexington, debugging, upgrading, and creating websites with the skills he learned at Awesome Inc.

“Pretty much everything I was doing [at Awesome Inc U], I’m doing over [at eLink] now. I was hired mostly to work on a big Symfony project,” John said.

One of the bigger parts of this project was debugging the site. John said that his training from Awesome Inc U gave him the knowledge to know what is going on, so he can fix it without having to Google the problem.

“If you get stuck with something, it helps to talk with people,” John said.

John said the most valuable experience he had at Awesome Inc U was creating his own website. Awesome Inc U also became a sounding board for John’s ideas and helped him work through his designs.

Some of the programs John learned at Awesome Inc U were Symfony 2 and Bootstrap, a program that creates website frameworks, which he uses now at eLink Design to help clients. John has created sites for a number of clients, including realty companies, insurance agencies and a cycling team.

John has earned his master’s in astronomy and physics and used to sit at a computer, creating digital images and simulations but came to Awesome Inc wanting to learn how to do something else.

“When you write a piece of code and you go ‘there’s not a single piece of math in this. This is amazing. I didn’t have to implement any piece of weird calculus, I didn’t have to integrate a single thing.’ I think that’s what really drew me into web design, there’s no complicated numerical analysis,” John said.

To the budding web developers of the world, John Newton gives this advice: “Just build. Make your own website, put it up there…Just keep revamping. Learn the basics and start picking up on frameworks.”

John’s very modest goal for the future is to have a nice business card that says “John Newton, Web designer.” We think John’s future in web development looks way brighter than just a business card, in fact, we think it’s just as bright as the stars he used to work with.

Originally posted on the Awesome Inc Blog