Okay, but why you ask? Well, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down. And I liked to take a minute, just sit right there. I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town…oh wait that’s something else.
In the Beginning
The hardest part of starting is the decision to start, of course after you have decided to start the really hard part is to keep going! For me, that means different ways of learning, not just one way. I’ve used books, YouTube, self-paced learning and instructor lead learning but the real game changer this time around has been the projects! More on projects and resources later in the post.
A couple other things I’ve discovered this time around:
- It is okay to learn the basics more than once.
- The more you learn the basics the more they sink in
- After learning them once, the next time you can learn them with context. meaning you have learned the principal of them the first time, this time you are learning the practical side of them
- Learning any code can lead to rabbit holes.
- Now you need to learn how to use VS Code (or your text editor of choice)
- GitHub gives you access to free “pages” (think websites) with your free GitHub account
- To effectively use the GitHub Pages you should learn Markdown language
- To really understand and use GitHub is handy to learn Git (the language)
- Soooo many rabbit holes…
I know it’s shocking but I’m not a big book reader 🤯. With that being said I did read this book cover to cover and found it witty, sarcastic and informative with the added bonus of exercises and datasets.
“Look at you, you’re doing so well. If you still haven’t set this book on fire, I’m proud of ya! This evening ditch the PBR and treat yourself to an adult beverage that doesn’t come in a can.”
Other books you may find helpful, as I have:
- Head First Learning to Code: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Tech Learning Network (formerly Framework Tech Media) – This is Mark Lassoff’s YouTube Channel, like Brad’s it has a ton of great content and his style and way of teaching really speaks to me.
Other YouTube channels you may find helpful.
- Scrimba – Good content for JS, HTML, CSS and Projects
- Florin Pop – Some good content, I’ve been following his $0 – $100K challenge
- Code with Ania Kubow – Lots of different content include JS (even a video to make Mario in JS)
- Code with Leanne – One of the two behind the Scrimba Weekly Dev Challenge (more on that later)
- dcode – Lots of Tutorials in JS, HTML & CSS
- Alan Simpson – I’ve taken some of Alan’s online classes, great instructor – this is his channel
- Anna Lytical – Coding with a side of drag queen sass!
- Colby Fayock – Got some good Web Dev stuff here
- Colt Steele – Good general all-around coding site with some JS, HTML, CSS
- The Net Ninja – good content great name 🙂
- DevPool – Well to be honest mostly for the name, but some helpful content too
These are some courses I’ve taken, or am taking that are online and a mix of self-paced, and instructor-led. I really do prefer the instructor-led over the self-paced. And if I had a choice I like the synchronous version where somewhere in the world there is a real class being taught every week and you take part in that class at that time, just virtually. I’ve taken classes on LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, ed2go, Scrimba, and Tech Learning Network (formerly Framework TV). These have been a mix of paid and free courses. As a side note did you know that many city public libraries offer free access to LinkedIn Learning as part of your library membership? It has been an amazing (and totally free) resource for me.
I’m currently taking this course and really enjoying it. Brad does a great job explaining the basics, and then expanding to more real world examples. The other HUGH bonus is that there are many projects that are part of the class.
Other courses I have taken or think might be helpful, again a mix of free and paid
- Introduction to CSS3 and HTML5 by Alan Simpson on ed2go
- Intermediate CSS3 and HTML5 by Alan Simpson on ed2go
- Modern HTML & CSS From The Beginning (Including Sass) by Brad Traversy on udemy
- The Frontend Developer Career Path by Per Harals Borgen on Scrimba
- HTML5 2019: HTML Authoring Certification Course by Mark Lassoff on udemy
- HTML5 Full Course by Framework Tech Media on YouTube
You can find out more about it here
- 50 Projects for React & The Static Web – eBook / website by Colby Fayock
Where are we now?
I will end by saying I’m not sure where this will take me, but I’m having fun doing it. And as my good buddy John Pierson (@60secondrevit) always says “having fun is 73.7% of it” (I may be paraphrasing a little 😆 I believe he says no work is ever wasted). And in honour of John, I leave you with this, another of my Web Dev Solutions. Long Live Doge!
Until next time,