I haven’t written anything in here in a while because I’ve been busy looking for work and juggling the course work from three different sources. A recent experience was worthy of a write-up, though:
Every so often I encounter a challenge on freeCodeCamp that I find especially intimidating. I’ll sit there for quite some time beating my head against a wall trying to figure out why code I know should work doesn’t, only to find out later that I hadn’t fully read every single word of the instructions in the challenge and obeyed the rules set forth by them when crafting my code.
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I created this blog and began moving contents from my Khan Academy blog to it since WordPress specializes in blogging.
This web development learning becomes deliciously messy very quickly. I see now why there are warnings not to go down the rabbit hole, because it’s all too easy to do. I’m now focusing my learning on three different sites (Khan Academy, freeCodeCamp, and W3Schools) and reading the “HTML & CSS” book by Jon Duckett at the same time. I can’t seem to get enough. I’m not sure how that happened, either, because I’ve dabbled in web development on a personal level for several years, but never really took it in a specific direction. It’s not like this is something new that I just recently discovered, but suddenly it’s incredibly exciting again.
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I haven’t been on for a while because I’ve been busy working my way through the variety of courses I’ve decided to do. I’m especially enjoying learning Bootstrap and jQuery. I just wish I’d started learning both of those sooner! I wanted to dislike them both because I prefer, ultimately, to code everything by hand from the ground up (that’s the whole fun of it, I thought), but there’s something very satisfying about being able to just add classes to elements to get them do all sorts of things without having to write any further code, and about being able to use jQuery to so very simply select any and every element on a page and make all sorts of very cool things happen without having to write any further code. I also think the grid is an absolutely brilliant approach to page layout, and for that I will be forever grateful. So far, though, my favorite has been the jQuery animated hinge way of removing everything from a page.
I signed up for Codecademy and began working my way through their HTML and CSS courses, completing 25 of the exercises. The more, the merrier!
I signed up for freeCodeCamp and am really enjoying doing the lessons on there. It has a similar approach to Khan Academy in that it has you get your hands on the code immediately and learn interactively. They both present the information in different ways, though, so it can only be a good thing to do them both concurrently.
Khan Academy gave me the project assignment to create a web page with my favorite recipes. The goal was to use a table of contents, internal links, tables, lists, paragraphs (optional), and links (if needed), and then style it with simple CSS selectors and colors.
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