After watching a YouTube video a friend sent to me, I decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to learn to code. Mainly because I wanted to learn to fix some of the problems I encounter at work without having to disturb said friend all the time (and I secretly think it might have been a bit of a ploy on his part!), but also because I was intrigued to see if I could.
Said friend also recommended www.codeacademy.com as a place to start learning the ropes, if I was serious about it. That was Thursday, and today I completed the first module of Web Fundamentals.
Signing up is quick, easy and free. You can also link through to Twitter and Facebook.
The sections of the course so far have been excellent. I’ve already learned how to lay out a basic webpage and add images and links. And this is in just a couple of hours! The information is split down into easy to follow chunks, and you’re guided right through each section step by step. And the next thing I’ll be getting to grips with is building a webpage from scratch. On my own. Eeek.
Some of you may laugh, and those who know me know that I would usually say I’m useless at that technical stuff, but I’ve already developed an appetite for this and want to see how far I can go. My stepdad has been teaching my niece and nephew programming basics using the Raspberry Pi and I thought if they, aged nine and seven respectively, are learning this stuff, why can’t I? And, of course, it’s important to challenge yourself – which is what my year of awesome is all about!
So, while I’m getting good and geeky, what are you challenging yourself with for 2013?
PS – you can watch the video that inspired me here.