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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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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Week 8: Sick and Tired

Week 8 was a rough one. I ended up getting sick, which is not uncommon after attending a big convention.

My wife would tell you that I am a big old baby when I am sick. Since she occasionally reads this blog (Hi honey!), I can’t actually admit that she is right, but I will say that Week 8 wasn’t my most productive week.

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Weeks 6 & 7: We Were On A Break!

Not much to report programming wise for the last two weeks. I spent most of the time traveling on vacation so my coding was put on the backburner.

My wife and I spent most of the first week in Santa Monica recharging at the beach. It was our first time visiting that area and we had a great time. The water was a bit chilly, but the weather was perfect for walking around and laying on the beach. Even though we didn’t ride any of the rides, the carnival set up on the pier provides great people watching opportunities. We even saw some dolphins just off the shore, which was pretty crazy. At first, we thought they were sharks, which was scary because there were surfers nearby. Once they resurfaced a few more times we realized that they were dolphins.

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