Hi, my name is Mike. I'm a front-end dev. Or so I think. I'm not really into titles or names, but I guess what I do would fall into these terms. Recently, I've been struggling trying to find some path towards reaching my goal, of what I would consider, to be a competent front-end developer.
What do I mean by competent? I just would like to be at a place where I wasn't asking for help with the very basics of development. You see, I am an older guy and started development only a few years ago. I had dabbled in coding in community college back in 2007, but I got sick and left it on the back burner until a few years ago.
I started out in 2017 with a new laptop and a lot of energy. I wanted to build things. I was into the front-end of web dev because I liked the idea of being able to create something that the user could see. Plus the technical side of back-end scares the pants off of me. Anyway, 3 years have gone by and I feel like I have little to show for it. Sure I've built some projects. But, I'm never quite happy with the results and I'm almost always building these projects at a very slow pace.
I also work with Bootstrap4 and jQuery. I kind of like that because it takes some of the guess work out of things for me. My question is, "Is that cheating?" I really like using Bootstrap because its pretty easy to use (for the most part) and you can get a lot done rather quickly. So, back to my question. Does something that helps me get work done faster actually tie my hands in getting closer to my goals of becoming a competent front-end developer?
I guess the one thing I can take out of all this is I need to practice, but also I need guidance and a good solid pathway to leaning the basics well. If any one has any resources or ideas to share please let me know in the comments. Thanks.