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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Project: Build a Tribute Page

I recently completed my first programming project for freeCodeCamp, which was to create a Tribute Page. There were times of frustration and times of confusion, but in the end, there was a great feeling of accomplishment that came from coding something completely from scratch.

Reading articles, watching videos, and working thru guided lessons are all great but if you really want to develop a new skill there is no substitute for putting what you have learned to use. This is certainly true for programming.

There are tons of sites out there that offer online tutorials where you work thru exercises and code right in your browser. These lessons are a great way to learn, but it is a very curated experience. Between the instructions, the examples, and the hints, the information that you need is all provided for you. Things aren’t always that easy in the real world of programming.

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Week 0: Making a Plan

Having made the decision to learn to program, it was time to make a plan.

My initial research had given me a pretty good idea of what I wanted to work on and what the different options were as far as education.

My first instinct was that back-end development and working with databases would be the best fitĀ for me, but I also wanted to build a solid overall foundation since I would essentially be starting from scratch. With that in mind, I decided my first steps would be to learn a little bit about a lot of different things rather than focus all of my attention on one or two things. I felt that this would not only give me a better overall understanding of the development process but it would also allow me to make a more educated decision on what I really wanted to focus on long-term.

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