Author Archives: NewAeon

Working On A Site Redesign.

One of the things I love about working on personal projects is the freedom you get in your design. You can experiment a bit, play around with the code, test out different layouts. For the most part, there really isn’t any pressure to produce something extraordinary on the first attempt. On top of that, you can just keep hacking away till you come out with the perfect design and layout. Add something, take it away, add it back, then completely switch it up if you’d like.

You really can’t do that with client projects. For the most part, you get a feel for what the client expects, code out a couple different versions in a set period of time, and hope and pray the client is happy with one of the end results. If you’re reading your clients correctly and listening to what they want, this usually isn’t a problem.  They pick a design, you get it uploaded to the server, do a little beta testing looking for any bugs or glitches, and if all goes well, you move on to the next project.  Easy peazy!

I’m currently in the middle of a client project that is going well. In the meantime, I’m also redesigning bitcoindood.com and this site. I’ve learned so much in the first thirty days of doing the 100DaysOfCode challenge on Twitter, that I think I’m just going to hack away at my two personal projects and see what I come up with.

It’s been a long time since I just built something with no direction. In my opinion, those were always the funnest projects and gave birth to some of the best results. I’ve got a pretty good handle on the client project I’m working on. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be practicing all the new markup and css I’ve learned on my personal projects. My personal sites will probably be changing on a daily basis. I’m pretty excited to see what I come up with.

In other news I’ve signed up for a free eDX JavaScript course that I’ll be starting next week. Staying busy, keeping it fresh, and updating my skill set!

 

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I’ve decided to pick an html and css weakness each week and work on that weakness. Each weakness I choose, I’ll find a project each day to work on that relates to that weakness. For instance, this week, I’m working on the <nav> element and plan to code several different nav’s in several different styles. I found this post really helpful in understanding the basics of creating good navs.

https://www.adam-bray.com/2017/02/17/easy-html-5-css-3-navigation-menu/

Finished the Responsive Web Design Course at freeCodeCamp.

I finished the Responsive Web Design course on freeCodeCamp. I really learned a lot! I didn’t realize how dated my HTML and CSS skills were. So much so, I’ll be working on a site redesign for new-aeon-design.com. Can’t wait to incorporate all the new stuff I learned.

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freeCodeCamp course completion certificate.

I started working on redesign for another personal project too. I’ll post a link to that when I think it’s upload-able 🙂

I’m on a roll now. I’ve really been cracking away at the keyboard. I’m on day 27 of the 100DaysOfCode twitter challenge. I keep looking for fun projects to get involved with and to also help keep it fresh. Right now, I’m trying to decide whether to start a JavaScript course or start a WordPress course I bought a couple weeks back on Udemy. I’d like to keep the momentum going. I’ve got a bunch of site upgrades to practice my CSS and H5, and also a client project I’m working on. That’s actually what inspired me to take the refresher course. I’m thinking about going full on front end developer!

I’ve currently been working on code related projects at least 3 – 4 hours a day. Sometimes longer.

Learning To Code

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Learning to code isn’t easy. It takes time and dedication. There are no shortcuts!

I think it’s true that anyone can learn to code. The question is whether or not you’re committed to the task. Nobody can really teach you how to do this. I guess what I mean is nobody can hold your hand each step of the way and say, “OK, do this. Now do this.”

You can follow tutorials, and read. Then read some more and do more tutorials. Then sit in front of your computer and try and apply what you’ve learned so far. Then read more! More tutorials! More reading!

That’s how you learn to code!

Recently I decided to take the 100DaysOfCode challenge on Twitter.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/100DaysOfCode?src=hash

I’m really happy I decided to do this. My coding style for HTML/CSS/JavaScript were way outdated. I’m pretty much a noob at JavaScript. I can fumble around and get it to do what I want when I need to. I’m far from fluent in it though. Anyway, the first thing I learned is just how dated my web design skills really were. I couldn’t believe how much the markup and code has changed over the last ten years.

So I’m on day 19 of my 100 Days Of Code. Basically, it’s a commitment to code at least 1 hour a day. For me, on most days, I’ve been spending at least a few hours a day on it. I was just going to spend the first couple weeks updating my knowledge of HTML/CSS but I’m learning so much I decided to dedicate the first 30 days to HTML/CSS then spend the remaining time hacking away at JavaScript till I’m somewhat fluent. I’m not new to this, and I know the only way to do this right is dedicate the time to it.

I love when you see Youtube videos with titles like, “Learn JavaScript in 1 Week”. Look, I don’t care who you are. That’s just not going to happen. There is no quick and easy way to learn to code. Frankly the quick and easy way to learn to code is actually really long. Simply sit down in front of your computer and start to code. Get stumped, research, code some more. Spend at least a few hours a day coding. That’s how you learn, and that’s how you get good. There are no shortcuts. Read, learn, code / wash, rinse, repeat! When you think you know all there is to know, it’s time to learn some more!

I think the second most important thing is stay up to date. I’ve been messing around with web design since the 90s. A lot has changed. I’ve rested on my knowledge of HTML since around 2005. A lot has changed. By staying up to date, we strengthen our confidence, and are able to give clients exactly what they pay for. A professional looking website, that loads on multiple devices with a modern up to date codebase.

First thing I’m doing after my 100 Days of Code is updating the outdated look of this website. So much new stuff happening. Can’t wait to share what I’m learning.