I was a handful of classes away from graduating college when I got pregnant with our first kid. I was morning sick all day every day for the first trimester and the early morning classes pushed me to my breaking point. I was advised that I needed to drop my classes and return the following semester. I would be in my second trimester by that point and I thought that for sure, that was what was in my best interest. When I tried to return I was told I couldn’t unless I paid a certain amount of money (more than I could afford) and I haven’t been back since. We now have two children and most of my daily communications are with a toddler and an infant. My brain often feels like mush.
This weeks (I may try to feature something weeky, or bi-weekly, or monthly. I haven’t decided yet) feature is actually going to be a collection of tools I have been using to grasp a better understanding of codes that make up webpages. Some of them I have recently learned about to assist in the learning of these codes, others I have been using for a while – but for some reason not really retaining the knowledge very well.
So let me introduce you to SOLOLEARN! I cannot remember how I stumbled across this website but it has been such a lifesaver to me. That is why I am telling you about it before I mention the other sites. It is more interactive than the other sites. It is a community that allows you to take free courses to learn about coding.
Each course gives you a little bit of info with questions throughout the lessons. At the end of the lessons you have a quiz you have to take to proceed to the next lesson. You earn XP as you proceed and you can use the XP to get help coming up with the answers (I haven’t used this yet – yay!). The more XP you earn, the higher up you move in levels. I am currently at level four.
Anyways, the site also has challenges where you get a task and you have to code the task they are asking for using what you know. You can also save codes you have written to your account and have them as public or private. I find this kind of helpful for me, if it is public you can receive feedback on your code. Sololearn has a question area where you can ask a question and get answers from your peers.
They offer a Code Playground – which is an area where you can code out your work and hit run and see the finished product. This is probably my favorite feature on SOLOLEARN. You should check them out if you are interested in learning any sort of program language.
Back when I was a dorky pre-teen, I knew enough HTML and CSS to code my own sites on Geocities (that name brings back memories, doesn’t it!?). Now, not so much. I try – but in truth I didn’t practice my skills and hone them over time and I have forgotten most of what I knew. Here are some sites I have used to practice, both back then and still today.
This site focuses mainly on HTML, but it is one of the first sites I ever used to help me make my very first html site (a text based roleplay using an iframe layout and b2b boards – do they still exist?). It is full of information such as how to make iframe layouts, how to marquee text, and sooo much more. Funky Chickens was such a helpful tool back when I started and I still use it to help me out to this day.
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I still have a long way to go. Do you have any suggestions for me where I should go to learn more about coding? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you. 🙂