Below is a quick video I made of the lesser-known (by me) web development terms from the web development 101 Basics section of Project Odin’s web development course. There are so many acronyms to keep track of that can be completely overwhelming at first. The course included some terms in the list of important ones which you should be able to explain, and others were included in the list of terms which you should have basic familiarization with. I went through and determined that while I knew most of them, there were several which I was not so sure about. Some of them I’m still not totally sure about, but want to memorize the definitions so that when I come across these items on the job I won’t act like a deer caught in the headlights.
Also, I’ve found that it is easier to study a video or audio recording sometimes rather than look at text. Not only does it give your eyes a break from the screen but you can also multitask. Today I’m also learning to set up my workstation which I’ll review later on tonight or tomorrow morning. Happy coding!
Before I started coding every day, before I started earning badges and scouting out tech meetups I flirted with the idea of becoming a web developer. After almost a decade of working with kids, it was when I had my own that I decided I wanted a change. I wanted something exciting and new, a complete change of pace and direction. In my research into career fields, developing websites kept catching my eye. I did copious amounts of googling before I made up my mind, and promised myself that I would stick it out. I didn’t know too much, but knew enough to realize that it was going to take many months, possibly some years to get to a level where I could work professionally.
I looked into enrolling in a bootcamp program but every professional I talked to kept saying the same thing-that there was enough information online now that bootcamps are a waste of money. Against this advice I decided to apply for a bootcamp anyway, more specifically the full stack coding bootcamp at the UT Austin center for professional development. At the phone interview stage I stumbled clumsily over a riddle problem that I was supposed to solve. They called me soon after to let me know I didn’t get in. To be honest I was kind of relieved. I am not in a position to easily dole out thousands of dollars up front for tuition, and driving the hour to get there and back three times a week wasn’t too appealing to me either.
I simply continued what I was doing, which was teaching myself to code on my own, eventually completing the HTML and CSS course through Codecademy. After that I started the Odin project’s free web development course and also began to build my own website. I started following prominent developers on Twitter and followed many newsletters and blogs from companies in the tech industry. I got on Meetup.com and joined as many local coding groups as I could find. I also joined a few groups on facebook, including a group specifically for moms learning to code.
As of right now I am loving seeing my code come to life. I love choosing colors, fonts, messing with layouts and functionality. I would love to one day have the skills to become a full stack developer, but specializing in the front-end seems wildly compelling to me considering my love of visual style and my background in art and graphic design. Every day I make sure to learn something new, to study high quality websites and inspect their code. As a wife and mother to a toddler it can be hard to find the time to dedicate to learning, but if you look for the little drops of time throughout the natural lulls of the day, it’s becoming possible!