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my journey to become a web developer | 01

The short story: I’m a former 2nd grade teacher currently teaching myself to become a web developer.

I told the internet that I wanted to learn to code on March 30, 2015 and I didn’t want to back down. So on June 1st I started a 3-month long Web Developer Blueprint on Skillcrush and officially started my journey. Only a week and a half later, I drove to Austin, Tx to attend my first Web Dev meet-up and I survived. I share my journey to become a web developer here and encourage you to laugh&join along!

And hey, I’d love for you to literally join me on my coding journey! There’s always room for one more! 

learning to be a web developer

2 WEEK UPDATE

Success:

  • The web dev [official terminology] community is amazing. On twitter, real life, instagram, email, and comments on my blog, every single person has been extremely encouraging. So, thanks for that. 
  • I've completed over 2 solid weeks of coding and learning HTML/CSS. That's 2 weeks more than I've ever coded in my life! 

Challenges:

  • Learning to code is hard. Like really hard. Lots of hours on my computer watching videos, completing exercises, sketching out ideas, googling code, rewatching videos, more googling, rewriting. But slow and steady wins the race, right?

What I’ve learned:

  • Curriculum wise, I've learned basic HTML & CSS and have the skills to code a simple website. 
  • This past week, I started to supplement my Skillcrush lessons with Code School and have completely benefited from the extra re-teach. 

What I’m looking forward to:

  • Going to more meet-ups. Even an introduction to the community has changed my perception of the web dev community in the best way.
  • Finishing up my last week of HTML & CSS before jumping into Javascript and jQuery.