So I’m prepping for my upcoming course at Coding Dojo. I’ve had a good bit more free time lately so I’m able to make some good progress. I’ve been working through Code Academy and I’ve completed the HTML/CSS and jQuery portion. Its pretty awesome stuff and it makes me appreciate those who actually create websites with pure code and no IDE help (like Dreamweaver). It sucks having to manually format everything by hand. I’m also pretty stoked about jQuery. The library is full of nifty things to make your web page look slick.
I just wanted to stop and share that Code Academy is probably the best free, online, intro to coding I’ve found. And I’ve found a lot of sites. Places like Treehouse offer a paid subscription and I doubt they go more in depth than Code Academy. I’m rather skeptical of any site that claims to teach you to code beyond basic introductory stuff. I’ve realized that coding takes a long time to become good at.
That brings me to my next little problem. So I’ve completed a few sections of Code Academy. However, its like I’m staring at a tool box of brand new tools after I’ve read a short manual and I’m wondering, “what do I do now?” The end of the jQuery segment gives you a place to create whatever you want and share it. Well, I didn’t really know what to create. I ran into a wall when I didn’t have the program holding my hand.
I think this is a matter of me not knowing what to do next. I have some great ideas but I’m not confident enough on how to use them. Thats why I’m stoked to attend Coding Dojo. I wont be alone. When I have a quick question or when I’m just blank on ideas I’ll have someone to talk to. Right now though, I’m all alone… (cue Donkey from Shrek)