Learn To Code The Hard Way
Since I was coming in during the last half of the summer vacation, there were a couple weeks of downtime at my school before lessons officially began again.
I immediately got started with a search on how I could break into the tech industry.
I quickly learned there were so many different avenues to get started and it was totally overwhelming. So I decided to start out with the basics and thought I’d go back to revisiting my HTML & CSS skills first. My first encounter with these markup languages goes back to when I had a Xanga account. Using it’s “Weblog”, I’d often mess around with the HTML formatting when writing posts and I’d always be fascinated with what kind of changes were made when using different tags.
It’s also worth mentioning that during this time, I wasn’t immediately sure as to which area in the industry I wanted to get into, or rather, which area would suit me best. So, I ended up trying a lot of languages and taking many different courses on various platforms. Some of those platforms that really excelled my learning were:
The first programming language I really spent time studying was Python. The book I used for learning it was Learn Python The Hard Way by Zed Shaw. A lot of my fundamental programming knowledge came from this language and book. Other programming languages & frameworks I learned/tried out included:
Some web development frameworks I learned and worked with were:
During this time, I also became comfortable using my Mac Terminal, setting up test environments, different CLI tools, and version control tools like Git & GitHub. I even got into web design for a bit, explored the Adobe Suite, and learned the business side of freelancing and entrepreneurship.
I was all over the place for the first couple of years trying to find my niche.
But it was from my newfound knowledge from a freelancing course I took that convinced me that I should start a personal brand, or at least invest in a personal website. It made sense. I was planning on creating an online portfolio anyway, so I decided to finally invest in web hosting and a domain.
I got all setup within a day. I had my hosting. I had my domain. But now what? Where’s my site, and how do I use this? It just so happens from the very same freelancing course, I was also introduced to and taught how to use an open source software that now powers over 30% of all websites on the web — WordPress.
And from that point on, the rest was history…