Week 11: Slow Going

It is hard to believe it has been almost three months since I started teaching myself programming.

There are times when I look back over the last few weeks and marvel at how much I have learned. Other times I feel like I am not as far along as I should be and that my progress is too slow.

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Week 10: I Have Some Notes

I have learned a lot in 10 weeks of teaching myself to program. Not only have I learned things like the box model, responsive design, and JavaScript arrays, but I have also learned how to manage my time and how to retain information better. One of the biggest takeaways for me from this whole experience has been the importance of quality note taking.

When I first started I took detailed notes using Google Docs. At that time I was working on Codecademy courses, which are all text based.

Once I started, to realize how much time I was spending taking notes it occurred to me that I could just copy/paste much of the information straight from the Codecademy slides. It is no surprise that this is when my JavaScript troubles started and in hindsight, it is easy to see why.

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Project: Build a Personal Portfolio Page

One of the best things about learning to code is working on projects. Not only is this a great way to learn but it is also a lot of fun.

I recently completed the second project in the freeCodeCamp Front End Developer course, which is to build a Personal Portfolio page.

Originally, I started to work on this project shortly after I finished my Tribute project back in October. I had a vision of what I wanted the page to look like but I didn’t have the knowledge necessary at that time to bring that vision to life.

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Week 10: 100 Days of Code Redux

Last week felt like the first time in a long while that I was able to get back to my old routine. It was a great reminder of how much I love to code.

I am a big creature of habit. I am at my best when I have structure and a routine. Between traveling and then getting sick, it felt like an eternity since I was last able to really focus on my lessons and coding every day.

As someone who is new to programming, I can’t stress enough how important it is to code every day.

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Week 9: Code School Free Trial

When I first started learning to program, my plan was to spend a month working on Codecademy courses and then switch to Code School. That plan changed when I realized that my local library offered free subscriptions to Treehouse.

I tried Treehouse, liked it, and decided to hold off on trying Code School as a result.

Last week, Code School offered a Free Trial Weekend so I finally got a full taste of what they offer.

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My Holiday Tree Project Using HTML & CSS

I wanted to share a fun project that I recently finished using only HTML and CSS.

I was scrolling thru Twitter last week when I saw the following tweet:

Since I have spent most of my time to this point working on HTML and CSS, the tweet immediately caught my eye.

Finding a project that uses HTML and CSS was exactly what I was looking for so I clicked the link to learn more.

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