I am making a website. Want to see it?
Yup, that’s it!
This really cool developer at my agency is offering web development classes every Friday during lunch. It’s kind of like a lunch and learn except there is no lunch and we’re just learning. Knowing that developers are going to eventually take over the world, I figured I should jump on that gravy train and try to learn some basic coding skills. Here are some things I’ve learned in my two lessons:
1. The devil is truly in the motherfucking detail. I’ve already overlooked a simple end close bracket or colon and it messes up everything. The best way to avoid trouble is…
2. Organization. Our lovely developer-teacher-lady is all about organization. One PM had horrible looking code and she let us throw our empty water bottles at him while he tried to run out of the conference room. No, just kidding. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. But organization is key to being able to identifying faults and lending your code to some fellow developer’s hands and not be the tool that left him messy code.
3. There’s a lot of trial and error…. at least for me. My website is supposed to have three boxes, but there’s just lines and darker lines. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I’ll get back to it. I just want to jump into something I’m familiar with, so I’ve been watching Parenthood (last season, ya’ll) and surfing the web.
4. Did you know you can see anyone’s code?! You just press a button and boom. Magic. Evidently, that is how our coding professor learned how to code with the best of them. I had no idea (or maybe I forgot that you could do that from my web design class many, many years ago) that you could see other people’s hard work. That is brilliant and leads me to believe that developers is a very collaborative group. Obviously, you can change code on the website, but I like that that resource is there to reference.
5. I understand why it makes more sense for developers’ screens to be set vertically rather than horizontally. I never really thought about it until now.
6. So far, writing code is so logical that I’m completely lost. If you want to establish a width, you say width. If you want to create a box with a box, you make sure it’s inside those two little brackets. It makes sense in theory, but then you put it into practice and you want to take a highlighter to your screen and draw all over it, so it makes sense in your brain. You definitely have to think differently.
7. Developers are problem solvers as much as they are creators. There’s something addicting about everything being so logical. I feel like I’m in Geometry class and it’s great!
Even though I just made those lines, I’m already planning on purchasing some awesome URLs and creating a website for my cat.
If you’re a web developer or if you’re also a coding pupil, do you have any advice on getting started? Am I completely wrong about something? Should I not say web development and call it the Matrix? Do you, as a developer, feel closer to the movie The Matrix because you are a developer?