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my journey to become a web developer | 02

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! 

Journey to Become a Web Developer 02 | ashleyjoanna.com

Whew.  

When we talked last, I had finished my first 2 weeks of code study. After the third week, we were given a much needed 3 week break in our Skillcrush blueprint for the summer holiday which aligned perfectly with my travel schedule & the fun that was moving out of my house. 


6 WEEK UPDATE

Challenges:

  • Total inner road block on Week 3 because things [selectors & box models & floats & web hosting & FTPs & launching sites] weren’t coming as easily as I thought they should
  • Still wrestling with proper selectors [ids & classes] & box model & floats [any advise?]
  • Bonus project from Skillcrush Blueprint [coding an email sign up page from a Photoshop document - total web dev real life - with NO directions] gave me a few headaches but I’ll chalk this up to an almost success - more on this later

Success:

What I’ve learned:

  • Curriculum: HTML & CSS
  • I discovered & fell in love with this podcast [Start Here: Web Development]
  • Asking for help doesn’t mean I'm not capable 
  • My daily #1milejuly runs & now apparently a bit of yoga are part of my best efforts to NOT be so glued to my computer

What I’m looking forward to:

  • Learning Javascript this month
  • Continuing to work on & finish that email sign up page bonus project
  • Attending my first Women Who Code meet-up tonight :) 

So how do I feel about becoming a web designer&developer? Better. I’m simply reminding myself that I learn one line of code at a time. As long as I keep practicing, even if I completely mess things up, we’re good.  

Interested in learning to code? Already a coder? I want to hear from you and be code friends! 

why I stayed up until 1:30am on the fourth of july

I was coding. 

Like eyeballs deep in code. And I LOVED every minute of it. 

And this is what I have to show of it: 

It’s not the fanciest website you’ve ever seen, but it is the first one you’ve ever seen that I coded completely on my own.

Start to finish.

HTML, CSS, web hosting, domain buying, FTP, sprites, the whole 9 yards.

And that, my friend is an accomplishment if I do say so myself. 

learning to code: the 6 essentials

It’s no secret that my computer time these days is divided between learning to be a web developer [aka a ‘dev'] and Ashley Joanna, two of my internet loves. 

MY 6 CODE SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

Code School Must Haves
  1. Laptop computer. I'm very mobile these days, a nomad of sorts, so I use a portable computer to do my coding lessons and practice developing websites.
  2. Apple mouse. My mouse gives more comfort and accessibility to the already wonderful trackpad. I especially love that it's multi-touch [just like your trackpad] and wireless.
  3. Notebook & pen. Every day I write the date at the top of a clean page and fill it with whatever HTML or CSS rule I've learned for that day. Writing down notes helps my brain when I need to reference a specific piece of code days later. 
  4. Guides & Cheatsheets. These guys are so insanely helpful when faced with a blank page of coding or run into a syntax issue. I get mine through my code school lessons but online resources abound and google can get you the answer to almost anything code related in a few seconds. 
  5. Headphones. Both Skillcrush and Code School use videos as a part of their instruction so headphones are a must, especially because I do most of my learning in public places. These guys do a wonderful job of canceling outside noise as well; perfect for those noisy coffee shops.
  6. Coffee. Or tea. Or a large glass of water. Because, obvs.

Once you've set up shop, the next step is to sign up for a code school (I recommend Skillcrush and Code School), download a text editor and get coding!

You'll also want to join a meet-up if there's one available near you. My first meet-up completely changed my outlook on the world of coding! 


A fellow coder? Wanting to learn with me? Reach out and say hello