Learning To Code : Part 1
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I’ve decided to start my journey in learning to code with HTML/CSS. This is a common starting point for many people. I am starting with HTML/CSS for a couple of reasons.
- I’d like to make and modify websites
- Its easy to get started in
So what is HTML?
HTML stands for Hyper Text Mark Up Language. So what does that mean? A mark up language determines how data is displayed, and in this case defines the structure of webpages.
What about CSS?
CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheet. Just as it sounds, CSS styles HTML. CSS defines the appearance of how the HTML will display. CSS can define, colours, fonts, heights, widths, margins and much more.
Tools for learning
So far I’ve used three resources to learn HTML/CSS; the traditional book, a hands on interactive website and our very own Code for Kids keynote presentation!
I was given the highly recommended HTML&CSS - Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is beautiful! The book is filled with fantastic photos, clear text, amazing illustrations and does a really good job of breaking down HTML/CSS making it very simple for a new comer to learn. If you don’t think a book about HTML/CSS can be beautiful take a minute and check out this sample chapter
Although the book is great I am a hands on learner. An interactive website provides great prebuilt activities and instant results. I am using Tree House and Codecademy although there are many other great websites out there. One benefit to Tree House is that they offer a lot of different courses, like iOS, Android, and plain old business. Currently Codecademy has a somewhat limited curriculum. Tree House does however charge a monthly rate after your free trial runs out while Codecademy is free.
Code for Kids keynote slides:
Before I picked up the book or logged into the website I read our presentation on HTML and CSS. It was a clear and concise, a perfect primer to learning HTML and CSS
In part two of this blog I will go into what I've found challenging, tips and tricks I’ve discovered as I have progressed and the enjoyment I am having learning HTML and CSS
Have you taken our HTML/CSS course? Have you started to code any language recently? I would love to hear about your experiences. Leaves us your thoughts in the comment section.
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