At the Foot of a Mountain

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve added a post to this blog. I’m still climbing the mountain of self taught web developing. It looks like a long way up towards the top but when I look back,  where I’ve come from, I can see I’ve actually covered a lot of ground and I’m higher up than I first thought.

I’ve tried to keep learning and practising HTML, CSS and JavaScript on a daily basis. Mostly I’ve managed to do this over the last two months with a bit of recent downtime because of blowing up my desktop (faulty PSU), a busy period at work and a nasty fall at work resulting in me bruising my ribs.

I’ve been following three on-line web development courses, Codeacedemy, Free Code Camp and Rob Percivals Web Developer Udemy course. The first two courses are free, with good content and no adverts, the last one costs about £40 but is often discounted and, in my opinion, well worth it. When taking all three courses at once, a lot of content is repeated but for me the repetition is a good thing because lot of my learning takes place after a 10 or more hour shift at work and I find I need to go over things a few times for them to sink in.

I find the coding side easier and more enjoyable then the design side of things but I enjoy both sides. I haven’t practised the design side nearly as much as coding but I intend to put more time aside for it.

Although I could get by before, I now feel confident in my HTML, CSS coding skills and I’m finally starting to feel much more confident coding in JavaScript, something I’ve struggled with at first.

Presently I’m starting to learn and play around with PHP and MYSQL and I’ve had a recent brief incursion into Java and Swift territory but I’ll also continue with Free Code Camps syllabus where I’m up to the object oriented JavaScript point.

 

 

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At the Foot of a Mountain

Next Steps

 

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I intend to use this blog as a record of what I’ve done in my journey to become a web developer. My plan is to concentrate on learning front end web development skills, (coding), with a little bit of web design practice (Photoshop, Illustrator) along the way.

So far I’ve built of couple of practice HTML, CSS websites and have set up some web hosting space. I’ve spent some time working out how to set up my web space and connect to it with FTP. For now it will be be used for practice web sites. In the future it will display examples of my work.

I’ve also bought a couple of domain names: http://www.johnwdriscoll.com and http://www.johnwdriscoll.co.uk. There’s not much content at the moment but I will add to it over time.

 

Next Steps

Baby Steps

small thingsI’m starting off on an adventure in web development with eager enthusiasm. I’m still taking baby steps at the moment. My goal is to become a freelance web developer and earn some money while I gain experience. I’ve have learned the basics of HTML and CSS. I’ve also dabbled in JavaScript and Jquery. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Baby Steps