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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!