I’ve been working my way through Codecademy‘s Code Year track, to pick up some of the basics as I start teaching myself to code. While I understand that it’s not going to be the only resource I’ll need to draw on, I’ve found it incredibly helpful at this stage of learning.
I had chosen their yearlong coding track in the hopes that a yearlong guided course could keep me on track and studying regularly for my first year. While it’s done a great job in teaching me the basics and motivating daily study, I’ll need to find more learning tools soon. I’m just shy of a month of study and already 50% of the way through the Code Year track.
I have had an extremely limited bit of exposure to using html in the mid 90s. By extremely limited, I mean that I had a Geocities page and tried to learn html to wean myself off of their pre-made templates. I can still remember writing out html tags on my notebook in class, trying to memorize them and practice how I might want to use them on my site. In hindsight, I was perhaps not the coolest 8th grader…
While html seems to have evolved quite a bit since then, it’s kept enough familiar elements where I feel comfortable and confident working with it. This is the first time I’ve used CSS but have really been enjoying it. Something about having a separate sheet to manage the appearance of a site really clicks for me. Hopefully I’ll muddle together the skills to make this site more presentable in the coming weeks.
Having been a language student and teacher, I’ve felt quite comfortable with the bigger concepts behind programming. The use of commands within a set syntax to undertake tasks in a programming language feels a lot like learning the vocabulary and grammar to achieve communication goals in human languages. I’ve noticed two main differences in programming language and human language learning.
What this is:
A record of my attempts to teach myself to code.
Aware that many projects are started and never finished, I started trying to teach myself to code a month before starting this documentation of my process. Just to see if I was able to stick to my self study regimen, before making it public. While I would hope to document my struggles and successes, I’m prepared to document my eventual failure, should it come to that. I’ll also be taking a look at some of my side projects, as they develop and may get some general interest material in.
Who I am:
I’m Jessica Rose. I’m an American in my early 30s, living in Birmingham, England. I’ve worked as an English teacher, in tech sales and in customer service. I speak passable Japanese and am interested in literature, linguistics and the web. I’m not coming from an especially technical background so I look forward to guidance from the more experienced members of the public.
How I’m doing this:
I’m working with Codecademy, tutors and area groups geared towards developers, women in tech and cooperative learning. I’m currently seeking a mentor in the Birmingham area. In the longer term I would love to someday attend one of the Bootcamps designed at retraining people as developers. You can check out my progress at my Codecademy profile page or follow me on twitter @jesslynnrose.
Making this website look presentable. Expect improvements as my level of skill with WP and HTML (hopefully) improves.