Code Path Gets a Trail Guide

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Our code path to-date has been organic and self-driven.  However, since we are not in a ‘formal’ classroom setting, our journey can be a real adventure that takes us on various trails.  When we get lost, we need a map to find our way back to the path.

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Our path sometimes branches off to a steep trail with challenging new concepts to learn.  Then there is the desert trail, when all the code terminology gets confusing.  At times, there will be a dead end or a detour, where we can’t get our code to display properly and we have to retrace our steps.

A couple of weeks ago, we found a great book for code beginners called, “Learn to Code HTML and CSS”  by Shay Howe.  This book pairs nicely with our online Treehouse CSS class.  It covers the basics of HTML and CSS and reinforces what we have been already learning.

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We have been going through the book and taking some time to practice our own code challenges on topics like: display properties, box models, floats, typography, images, lists, layouts, etc.  By going over the terminology and taking the time to practice, we are starting to feel like the pieces are coming together.  Best of all, Shay Howe makes his book available online, so you can read it as an open source at http://learn.shayhowe.com/html-css/.

So I guess you could say, we are on a shady trail right now, as we practice and review our knowledge in conjunction with our lessons at Treehouse.  Once we finish the book, we will be ready to proceed on to the next adventurous trail on our code path.

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We Just Launched our Web page!

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Well, after several months on the code journey, my son and I have started to get familiar with a few languages.   We’ve studied HTML with Treehouse, Javascript with CodeHS, and are getting ready to dive into CSS.  After our lesson on HTML, we decided to see if we could create our own web page.  And we did it.

Best thing of all is that we couldn’t stop working.  Although my eyes got blurry from typing code and searching for my mistakes (so glad my son could help me out), we really had a lot of fun putting our knowledge to the test.  They say the best way to learn is by “doing.”  I agree, and add one thing — working as a team keeps you learning.

The web page is simple, but this is only the beginning.   As we learn more, we will apply our skills to enhance it.  Our next  lesson in CSS will teach us how to add color and style.  If you want to check out our page, visit http://www.codemoms.org.  Keep on trekking.