This week I have been coding using CSS. I have learned how to change font- family, color, background, add links and images to my website. Those were the simple things. I wanted to go the extra mile and took it upon myself to learn how to create navigation bar ;).
At the beginning of the week I was having a hard time understanding some properties of CSS. It took me two days before anything actually made sense. I’m pretty sure it was because my 8 month old daughter is crawling now – at least that is my excuse and I am sticking to it. I realize this is just the first of many more challenges to come. I have to keep reminding myself that “I’m learning a new language”.
Class & Id’s along with floating are by far the most complicated CSS commands. However, I have met some great classmates on Mightybell that help me out if I get stuck. For the record I did get them to work. It just took me longer than I had hoped.:)
cross browser say what? #geektalk
Boiler plates over here, boiler plates over there…. aaahhh! One of my many assignment this week was to fix a ‘cross browser’ issue. To do this I was provided a Cross-browser boilerplate and told to add it to my code. If any issues arose I had to fix them. #troubleshooting already are we?
My thoughts on CSS thus far are.
CSS is cool but it’s mean. I have a love/hate relationship with it and as my instructor at Skillcrush.com said “CSS…It’s complicated”!
Finally, I wanted to share a great article on “which programming language you should learn first”.
Okay guys this is where I start speaking in geek. If that is not trending yet; it will be!
One of my assignments this week was to download two types of boilerplates. One is for HTML and the other for CSS. The next task was to install shiftedit.net. This is a live editor, which means I am able to see what the website looks like while I am coding .
I chose shiftedit because it is compatible with my Google chromebook. My mentor @sorriv recommended the Chromebook for programming. I save the code to my Google drive and that gives me the ability to code wherever I go. #awesomesauce
I have also taken an HTML quiz which I scored 100% on!
My very own website is in the making. Coded by me, myself, and I! Right now I’m going back in forth using html and css. I love being able to design and create a site that I can call my own.
If coding interest you I highly recommend using Skillcrush. Here are some of their perks..
- Skill crush uses Mightybell as the “chat room” to connect everyone taking this course. (I am in the Web Development Blueprint.)
- I have met people from all over the world taking this course.
- A few classmates who are also SAHM!
- We get to discuss class material and make post using <code>.
- Last but not least they put together a spotify music playlist to listen to while you code. Hacker style;)
I use W3Schools.com as well, they provide a ton of free information.
So everyone I am off to “my happy place”.
I have found a “new love”.
It’s name is code.
It is addicting.
I am becoming a Geekette!
Let me leave you with a short history lesson of the very first geekette.
The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech
Embrace Change by:Erin Orr
It’s time to buckle down! I am ecstatic to let everyone know that I am now enrolled in a Web Development Blueprint program. woohoo!
This class is offered by Skillcrush.com. There are many different choices when it comes to learning how to code. I have learned so much about technology over the past 30 days. I have reached information overload! That is a good thing, I suppose. I am looking forward to applying my creative energy to the many web applications I will soon develop. The sky’s the limit in this field.
When searching for the right class, I had to consider the following things.
- Flexibility. It is very important since I have children who still depend on me. With his course I can day or night, and at my own pace.
- Being cost efficient is also a big deal. The money I put into this class is well worth the knowledge and skills I will learn in return.
- The class material is very informative and easy to understand.
I have also realized how important networking is in this field.
There are a ton of ways to build up your connections in the tech industry. Below are some of the venues I have considered:
- Meet-up! I searched locally for mothers who want to learn how to code or are already on their path of coding. By doing this we will be able to share the experience and help one another.
- Blogs, blogs, and more blogs….If you don’t have one, start one! You can connect with other bloggers who are sharing their experience.
- Tweet! Twitter is known for connecting people around the world.
If learning to code interest you please do what I did, and go for it!
Don’t wait for someone to ask you to do it. Be the leader. The right time is now. Lets connect!