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Diego Moura
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20 days into learning how to code πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’»

hanging festive flags where it reads 'everybody can code'

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It was April 8 when I finished the LinkedIn Learning course HTML Essential Training. To be completely honest, I don’t even know why I started it in the first place. Maybe it was due the boredom COVID-19 brought into our lives with the social isolation measures, or maybe it was something else, who knows. One thing is sure though, I stayed because of the enthusiasms and passion with which Jen Simmons teach the course.

From there, I jump right into the CSS Essential Training from Christina Truong, and that was it for me. I was hooked! The avalanche of information I’m being exposed is overwhelming only by the same degree it is fascinating. Seven to ten hours of my day are being dedicated to becoming a front-end developer. Shifting between learning, practicing, and interacting with other developers online, I’m more and more in love with coding each day.

I have much more to say about those 20 days, and that’s why I decided to write about it. Not only about them but also the many other days to come in this crazy journey. Hoping to inspire others, but mostly help me keep focus and track of my studies.

Come along! Fasten your seat belt, because this is going to be a crazy ride.

See some of the projects I’ve been working on at Frontend Mentor, or pick into my Github repository. Also, find me on Twitter, and Codepen.

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darrentmorgan

Good work mate. I've been teaching myself to code during the pandemic also. I must admit, I've been doing a little bit of code for the last year in my spare time. I really like youtube for learning. I've mainly worked with python, django and some front end stuff. I would say I've tried to round out my knowledge around full-stack. Dev ops has been one of the hardest things for me, because it's not really focused on so much. You sure have been busy, by looking at your github, keep going mate, best of luck.

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Hey man! Thanks, I'm glad I ended up picking up coding during these extreme times. It's keeping me sane, and also maybe it will help me transition into a new career or enhance my current one as a designer. I'm trying not to think about back-end or full-stack at the moment so that I can focus on HTML and CSS, but being honest, I think I'm a bit scared, haha. Working with the visual side of it is much more familiar to me! Cheers, and keep on coding!

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darrentmorgan

I can definitely understand the being afraid of back-end. I found the hardest part to understand is the relationships between all of the different moving parts. Databases really perplexed me for a long time(they still do confuse me). The best thing for me to learn has been to build something from a tutorial and then kinda change and modify it into a project of my own.

For example, I did a tutorial from a coder called "Dennis Ivy", I built the CMS system just following along, I then made that into a CMS for my business and my staff use it to manage client data. It's super rewarding to see something I made being used. I'm teaching myself Javascript and React at the moment, which is quite different to Python and Django, but I must admit, I find it more rewarding. There is something about Javascript and the instant visual reward that is very cool.

Keep it up, I'm following to see how you go.

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Diego Moura Author

I completely understand the gratification of the instant visual reward. I think that's the main reason I'm enjoying CSS so much. I'm going to keep that in mind when approaching JS. Also, thank you for the example of how you came to work with the CMS, I'm going to try and use the same methodology. I'm sure I will be less intimidated and more willing to finish something I can use to improve my daily work life. That's a great idea.