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 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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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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