I’ll be the first one to admit that my coding got away from me. I began developing websites way back in the late 90s and since then, I’ve sort of kept up with the industry, but…not really.
I think this affliction is common among a few of us. Learn something, copy/paste, create a hack, borrow someone else’s code – get it done. Probably not the best way to do things but it has managed to get everything finished along the way that needed to get finished.
Unfortunately (and fortunately), the web development industry has hit overdrive the past few years. Basically, mobile has taken over (one of my sites has over 50% mobile viewership), HTML5 has arrived (Oct 2014) and there are simply way too many cool features of CSS3 to ignore. That’s not to mention the frameworks, CMSs and assisting applications that have popped up out of nowhere. And apps – don’t even get me going on apps. Basically, the little vacation I took for the past ten years has caught up with me.
There’s good news though! Recently – and by recently I mean, say around 2010 – many websites have come into being that offer a wide variety of classes on coding. I’m thinking that part of the reason I ignored keeping up on the latest developments was that I was getting tired of learning via reading technical books. If there was video, I’d be there. Also, the whole mobile thing didn’t exist like it does today, so there was little motivation to change something that wasn’t broken.
Here’s a quick list of a few websites that offer coding education:
For the past few weeks, I’ve had my head buried at my computer. That’s why I haven’t written much on this blog. I’ve been consuming hours of my day learning the latest and greatest (and proper) ways of doing things. And get this – I learn at my own pace. Now, I now that sounds like some commercial, but let me tell you what I was up against at college – other people. What I mean by that is, if there was a genius in my class, he’d lose me. If there was someone in my class who was slower than I was, he’d hold me back. And when it comes to coding and designing, I’m pretty quick. I learn and read at a healthy rate and I really don’t need to be held back. Or flown by, for that matter.
Like I said above, I chose Treehouse (full Treehouse review here) to start out. I did a bit of poking around before I made the plunge and found their format to align well with my personality. There are certainly enough classes to keep me busy for the rest of my life and they’re always adding new things. It’s assuring to know that I’ve got a resource that I can rely on to keep me moving along in the tech world. For a while there, I was getting down on myself for not keeping up. Now, I’ve got a spring in my step that I haven’t had in years. It’s good to be back.
I do want to mention one thing about the sites that I listed above – some of them are “pay per class” and some are “pay per month.” I know some folks prefer to pay per class because it offers a degree of freedom to take breaks here and there and not incur a charge, but for me, I prefer the pay per month model. I’ve taken advantage of so many classes and sections in the past month that I’m ahead of the game. Had I paid per class, I would have had to shell out much more cash than the $25 I already spent.
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