School’s Out For Summer…
Well, the school year has ended, and I am closing the chapter of music education. It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since my coding journey began. In the past 11 months, I have started to get a decent grasp on the fundamentals of front-end development, and I have dabbled in back-end development. My course at The Iron Yard begins in 2 weeks, and I couldn’t be more excited.
In addition to the ten pens I have posted on my Codepen account, I have deployed three websites. I decided to use straight HTML/CSS/JS with PHP to achieve this instead of using something like WordPress as a CMS. It has been a great learning experience for me, and definitely a lot of fun. One might consider this old school or outdated, but given that I am new to the world of coding, I think it is good for me to practice in this way. Many of the experienced developers I know did not have all the tools and frameworks available to them when they started, so I just view this as starting the same way they did. That said, I know I need to begin leveraging what is available to me if I want to work more efficiently and with more ease. One thing I am interested in checking out is JAMstack. An acquaintance of mine is very passionate about using JAMstack, and I love hearing what he has to say about it.
My goal is that over the next few months, I will have a very solid foundation when it comes to programming fundamentals, but also be comfortable implementing frameworks, packages, and other tools. I am confident that my time at The Iron Yard will be very beneficial in this way. I am trying to learn as much as I can now, so I can get the most out of my instructors as possible. I know I have only scratched the surface of programming. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.