After week two, we began working on a Spotify replica called Bloc Jams and this has been the task for the past three weeks. Most of it is guided with explanations along the way, but as it progresses you are asked to tackle a number of tasks on your own.
Week three, we tackled the HTML and CSS part of the site. It was highly beneficial to put the previous HTML and CSS Primer course to practice and see it in its working environment.
By the end of this week, the site is finished and deployed to Netlify.
- I am having a ball. Aside from certain frustrations, coding is a highly satisfying pursuit. When things click, it is a great feeling, one that leaves you pushing for that next surge. We now move on to a few projects before shifting to the Backend and I am eagerly awaiting the next task.
- Coding is hard. I am not sure my mind has worked this hard in quite a while. Some nights as I finished up and went to bed, I had dreams that I was coding, coded all night in that dream, and then woke up to eventually, at some point in the day, do it again.
- At times I feel like I am having a harder time with it than others, especially when you talk to those who seem to have it “all figured out.” However, I feel that I have come a long way, learned many concepts thoroughly, and ultimately have to focus on my own learning curve. I think I have made a lot of progress regardless if my Codewars codes are extremely long and overthought.
- There really is a great community of newbie coders out there. For example just look up #100DaysOfCode on Twitter. There are lots of eager people out there learning to code. Good stuff.
Here are a few beneficial resources I have stumbled across:
- The Imposter’s Handbook: Did you not get a four year CS degree? Do you feel at a disadvantage because of it? Well the purpose of this book is to fill you in on those computer science concepts you may have missed out on. Check it out.
- John Sonmez: This guy has some great stuff on getting yourself out there in the tech field as well as a host of related topics.
On to week 6….
Are you new to web development or coding? How is your pursuit going? Tell us below in the comments…