Developing the Playbook

Sometimes the standard word processor doesn’t cut it…

As I was relearning CSS properties the other day, I thought it would be a good idea to write down my thoughts. The goal being able to create a playbook that I can refer back to during future situations. Think of it like Bill Belichick surveying the field and knowing the appropriate response to an opponents move.

With all the things to learn in web development, it makes the little hampster running in my head hard to keep up (i.e. it can be exhausting :) ). The go to move was to do what I have always done. Yea, pick up your favorite word processor (i.e. Microsoft Word, Pages, Google Docs, etc.) and commence typing like crazy with bullets and supporting images. This is what I got.

As you may have noticed, this gets the job done; however, there has to be a better approach. The code area just doesn’t look or feel the same. Step in Mark Down…My instructor, yep Collin, had mentioned it in class and said that he loved using it to draft up our homework assignments. I was interested in it at the time and heard of it at many meet-ups, but I just didn’t make the time to learn it during the bootcamp. Now, I wish I had. Well, that just means I have another assignment to add to my list.

What is Mark Down?

Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax designed so that it can be converted to HTML and many other formats using a tool by the same name. — via Wikipedia…

The real benefit of markdown, that I like, is that it is easier to place code into the document. Typically, I have seen markdown used with ReadMe files on github. However, I think it is time to pull this skill off the shelf and start putting to good use with my note taking.

Here is a quick cheat sheet for it…

MarkDown Benefit Example

And with that, the hampsters of the world can be freed to focus on more challenging tasks…

Inspirational Quote:

Set your goals high and do something everyday to move forward.


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