I’d like to start this session out with recognition to one particular site: http://learntocodewith.me/. I found this through a podcast via my PodBean app and, although it’s fairly new, I’m extremely excited about this starting community. I’d like to personally thank Laurence Bradford for her efforts and look forward to what’s to come.
One of the tough things about learning code, as a complete newbie, is stepping into a realm where you think you have a fairly good understanding and realizing that it’s completely unknown.
So, please allow me to set up a little bio about myself so that everyone understands where I’m am currently at. I’m 32 years old. I’ve been in the print and shipping industry for 11 years and I have a solid understanding of graphic design, retail and project management. I’ve been married now for just over 4 years and have 2 little girls (a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old). I stepped out of high school with the intention of delving into music in audio engineering and have some training messing up a board and studio. I’ve played the guitar for about 17 years and written a few unpublished songs that I may or may not ever get back to cleaning up. I’ve enjoyed video games since I was… able to hold a controller, and followed my favorite superheros since probably before then.
I bring all of this up to point out the various things that I have been and am currently involved in. Obviously my family is a big part of my life right now and certain aspects have been placed on the back burner. There has been one thing that’s always peaked my interested but, for whatever reason, always seemed like a “huge” thing for me to wrap my head around.
Computers and the budding technology that simply has evolved in the last 20 years.
I’ve grown up around it all. I’ve witnessed phones metamorphisize from lime-green blocks with coiled cords and a spin-dial, portable bricks with metal pull-antenna, flip mobiles and into tiny daily assistances within our pockets. I’ve watched cars turn into smart guides and television shift from Thursday night prime-time to the binge-watch, YouTube generation. All of this has simply amazed me.
Through this process, I’ve understood the basics. I’ve understood how to utilize these tools but never to the extent of being a “power user”. In the past, I’ve allowed many different things to step in my path in gaining this further understanding of what I believe I really would enjoy. I’ve long stared at a printer and wondered what else I could be doing. What is it that I truly care for? What would excite me? Creating something new, something useful, something pleasing to the eye has always been enjoyable to me.
From sketching out my own little comics when I was a kid, plucking away a few songs, laying out various tracks within a 3 minute recording, designing a logo for a client or building up a portfolio for some student; I’ve found comfort in making “something”.
Now, I know that I’m coming late into the game. Web design is something that “boomed” greatly the moment that the internet found its way into our households. I have so many ideas that I would like to dip into that requires a further understanding of code. Also, doing research regarding this industry, it seems to only be growing. This skillset is something to be desired and the more that our society, our world, dips into these tools, the more that we are going to need coders. The more we are going to need innovators.
I would like to be a part of this group.
I’m making this little blog simply to point out that not all coders are people who kids who’ve holed themselves up in their parents basement or been plucking away at every computer since they were in diapers. Not everyone was exposed in the same way. I wasn’t. Honestly, my mother is a borderline luddite. A computer wasn’t introduced into my house until I was in high school and even then it was something that was shoved away in the back room that had Windows 95 on it and no other main function other than a electric screen that we can type on when it was absolutely needed.
I hope to mark my adventure with points that help encourage people, lead people and, yes, even teach others including me as to where we can be going to help further ourselves in this world of syntax, command and executions.
Thank you for your time.
Please refer to some of these quick-links for us newbie coders:
All these links were pulled from http://leartocodewith.me. I plan on posting as much information as possible as my progress extends.
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