I haven’t bought the book that goes along with the tutorial (although I will next week), as I have downloaded the amazon.com sample and it covers the first 2 chapters which are required reading for the first week.
Being that I have a long commute, I started reading the book first, since I’ve already done #1 (TWICE!) and worked on the “make a website track” on Codecademy during my lunch break. I got as far as 86%. I must say I was very bored with the track as it felt very redundant after having done the HTML & CSS track (TWICE), until I came up around the 66% mark and they introduced something I’ve heard being thrown around but had no idea what it was: Bootstrap. My curiosity was instantly piqued and I was all like “Ohh” and “Ahh” finally, I feel like I’m learning something develop-y-ish!
I hit the Bootstrap milestone on Tuesday, 10 minutes before lunchtime was over. I’ve been listening to podcasts during work and it just so happened I was listening to this podcast featuring Saron Yitbarek on Hanselminutes.com (check Hansel minutes out, good stuff!) and Saron has a website called codenewbie.org and I checked it out and it’s REALLY cool. Reading through the forums or discourse, as it’s called on CodeNewbie, a lot of people were mentioning TheOdinProject.com and how great it was a tutorial.
I had come across The Odin Project one night really REALLY late, but didn’t really persue through because by that time my brain was on information overload and really, how many tutorials/guides can I skim throught until you get the gist of them all: JUST START SOMEWHERE. The praises on CodeNewbie were SO positive for The Odin Project that I checked out the first lesson. What really got me though was that the first lesson wasn’t “learn HTML/CSS”. The first lesson is “About Web Developers”. Inside the lesson are steps about what a web developer is and isn’t. Included are numerous articles, vides and GIFs. It just so happened that because I couldn’t be at the computer most of the week (insert illness here), I stuck to my phone and read and watched vids and learned a few things. I even finished lesson #1 and am now halfway through lesson #2: Web Development 101. I have a feeling I won’t be done in just a few days with this lesson. Each step is chock-ful or resources and information. I’m enjoying it so far. I’m halfway done with part 2: How does the web work? and (and yes, I check out the additional resources they provide, because, hey more learning!). So far so good. There are a few concepts* that are hard to wrap my head around because of the new terminology, but with a bit more reading and exposure, I think I’ll eventually get it.
*The concepts I don’t understand are the server response code when you follow a link. Sound sa bit crazy, but as I’m reading I’m thinking, where exactly is this happening and HOW. Where does the number “200” come in and who assigned it to mean “all is well”. Do I really need to know who and why it was assigned that way? Hmm… I don’t know. Do I NEED to know exactly how it functions in order to make a responsive website? Will I be okay just knowing of it’s existence? I hope the answer is yes. Will keep on reading and clicking and seeing where I go.
P.S. I’m seeing the Odin Project as a thing I NEED to do. This is mostly based on the fact that:
- It’s powered by The Viking Project.
- My handle is Valkyrea (derived from Valkyrie, which I got from one of my favorite books, and was the name of my WOW character, a Paladin, if you must know.)
- The Odin Project… hello, are we seeing a pattern? Norse mythology…
It’s a sign!