Good afternoon ladies and gents, this entry will be a bit different today. I’ve been off for the past week courtesy of the holidays and as usual, in my freetime I try to maximize my studies into the things I’m interested in. Some days I feel a bit confused as to what direction my life is headed but I’m always trying to attempt something to work towards finding my purpose and passion. One of the things I’ve been very interested in over the past several years is coding. I’ve messed with it for some time and it’s been a struggle to say the least. My wife encouraged me to write about it since I’m documenting my journey, so here we are.
So how did I end up on a journey to learn code? Fair question. In my professional and amateur life I’m a designer. I’ve been a visual designer for the better part of my life and for the company I work at I am currently a user-interface and user-experience designer (UI/UX). I enjoy what I do for the most part. I have always felt like as a designer it is important to understand code and how building apps / websites works so that you can contribute to not only the creative process, but the execution process. While I was in college I took an introductory coding course which introduced me to HTML and CSS. Actually, I’m lying…I was first introduced to HTML and CSS back in the MySpace days. In fact people commissioned me to help customize their profiles for a marginal fee. CSS was right up my alley because it was essentially design, I never really thought about the fact that it was code as well. At the time I had no idea that what I was doing was associated with an actual profession, but I enjoyed it….A LOT! Anywho, I completed the introductory course at my university and followed that up with a few more courses that went a bit deeper. I was hooked.
A Few Years Later up to Present Day
I dusted off my books and dove back in to build a deeper understanding of the more abstract aspects of the language. While the books were helpful, at times I felt that they were written above my head. There was a lot of jargon that just didn’t make much sense to me and so I began my descent into the rabbit hole that is resource discovery.
Make Up to Break Up
I banged my head on the desk for several minutes before shutting the tab and submitting for the morning.
Hello Frustration, My Old Friend
Do you know of any good resources that helped you to learn programming if you’re into that kind of thing? Have you experienced struggles in trying to teach yourself programming…if so let me know in the comments what has been most troublesome for you in your journey as well.
Be blessed and have a wonderful day!