On Easter break!

As noted on our home page, CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire runs during term time!

So we are now on our Easter break, with Sunday sessions starting up again on 8th April, and Wednesday sessions restarting on 11th April.

Thanks to all our wonderful mentors for the time they give to our ninjas – looking forward to seeing everyone back in April.

To our fabulous ninjas, a reminder that registration for Coolest Projects closes on Sunday 25th March – make sure you’ve got your entry in before then! Register by clicking this link

Happy Easter everyone!

Good is the Enemy of Great – Bob Rotella

Recently, at the Convention Centre in Dublin, world-famous psychologist Dr Bob Rotella gave a talk entitled “Good is the Enemy of Great“.

Some of the things he said included the following thought-provoking statements:

“… many of you decide that good is good enough for you, or is acceptable for you, or is enough for you – you’ve given up the chance of ever being great at whatever it is that you do.

“The point is, this is your life, and what are you going to do with it?”

 “there are things other people could do, can do, are able to do, but choose not to because it is too hard”
“Are you really going to spend your life going for your dreams or are you going to give up on your dreams? Or are you going to get up every day and give it all you got?”
” If you  want to do something special you have to be an amazing optimist. Somehow you create this feeling inside yourself. You have to create a feeling that you have got something special in you.
“You have to feel like you are deserving of doing some really cool stuff in life. You have to feel like you take advantages of opportunities when they are around you or fall in your lap.”
The greatest thing about being a human being is we are born with a free will. You get to choose every minute of every day how you are going to think about youself.

The Wayback Machine

You’ve probably heard the saying “Once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever”

What do you think? Also, if you want to know if your project for Coolest Projects must be finished before the event, this might give you a hint!

If you want to look at how a website has looked in the past, go to www.archive.org and type in the URL (e.g. www.coderdojodl.com) of the website you’re interested in seeing.

Black columns will show for any years where there is historic information:

Any dates where the website was crawled by the Wayback Machine will be highlighted in blue:

Clicking on the date will bring you to how the website looked at that time:

Be aware that things don’t always display exactly as they were, though – here’s how the home page of www.coderdojo.com has looked in November over the last few years:







2017 (very similar but not exactly the same – can you spot the differences?) :

So does that project for Coolest Projects need to be completely “finished”? What do you think now?

The best way of learning anything is by doing

As you all know, I keep repeating the same message week in and week out – the best way to learn to code is by coding. InteresImage result for don't wait for perfect just do ittingly, I stumped into an article by Richard Branson (Richard Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age)

Read the article, it’s very interesting. It talks about how easy is to learn to code, using techniques such as following the tutorials. But remember – you really learn by doing!

Here’s the link to the article:

Learning by doing is best