Road to Code #14

Another update on learning to code.

Still learning about functions. I feel like I’m back in math class.

Honestly, progress has been pretty slow the last few weeks. But that doesn’t surprise me; I’ve learned to expect a dip in productivity around this time of year. I suspect that my progress will pick up again in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’m not going to quit. Unless I win the lottery or something else equally fantastic, I’m going to finish this – and even then, I would probably want to finish this just to say I got it done.

The work continues.

Road to Code #13

Another update on learning to code.

The course says I’m done with loops now, moving onto functions.

I have a feeling that for the first several months (or years, or maybe even forever), I’ll be copying other people’s code in order to make things that work. There’s a lot of stuff to remember, a lot of working parts to fit together, and it’s 100x easier to just copy parts of someone else’s code than to write perfect code yourself (especially as a beginner).

Part of me says “that’s plagiarism!”, but another part of me suspects that’s what every coder in the world does.

The work continues.

Road to Code #12

“… a happy New Year.”

Another update on learning to code.

That makes 3 months of learning to code. I’m still learning about loops, but will soon enter the Javascript functions section.

I expect it’s going to take several more weeks to complete this bootcamp. I’m making progress, but there’s a lot of material to cover. I’m sticking with it until the end.

The work continues.

Road to Code #11

Another update on learning to code.

Now I’m learning about Javascript loops; useful if you want to automate something with a few lines of code, instead of writing the same line dozens or hundreds of times. Obviously useful for doing calculations with data, but also useful for things like forums, where every post has different content but has the same repeating structure to contain each post.

I’ve said this before, but if for some reason I win the lottery instead of becoming a web developer, I’ll still have learned A LOT about how websites and browsers work.

The work continues.

And by the way: “Merry Christmas, and…”

Road to Code #6

Another update on learning to code.

I’m almost done with CSS, and will be starting Javascript soon. I’m thinking the same thing I thought with HTML: I really don’t feel like I “know” CSS, but I’m sure I’ll learn more about it in the future. I know the basics, and know how to look up what I don’t know.

Looking ahead, I’m not sure what I’ll learn after I’m done with this web development bootcamp. It’ll probably depend on what job I get. Given all of the languages out there (and resources for learning them), the Road to Code could continue on forever. We’ll see what happens.

The work continues.