Lessons From a Coding Noob

Painful realisations you only make through experience.


1. 80% of the time you’ve probably just forgotten a full stop or a bracket.


2. If this fails, save yourself some mind-numbing hours scoping out full-stops and check that your file path/file name are correct.


3. Test. Again, and again, and again, and again…

You and Cmd-R are about to become very tight friends.


4. Sometimes you’re only going to ‘get it’ if someone explains and demos it.


5. Find yourself some developers and ask a shit tonne of questions. Alternatively — watch some videos.


6. Your editor won’t look colourful and exciting* until you’ve saved it as a .html file first.
* ‘exciting’ is a very generous term.


7. Forget everything you learnt from coding eDM’s.


8. Forget everything you learnt from coding eDM’s. <tr> and<td> are out. <div> is the new black and she’s kinda a bitch…Well, at least until you discover her achilles heel — Introducing:


<div row>
<div col-lg-12 col-md-12 col-sm-6 col-xs-6>
<p>A well behaved text block</p>


9. <div col-lg-12 col-md-12 col-sm-6 col-xs-6> is also going to solve all your responsive problems — she’s the real MVP.


10. Do not expect great things in 2 hours of work. You will probably optimise some text and add an image, let’s be real here…


11. Give yourself a purpose and reason to practice. Find a friend, local business or charity that you can develop for. Hell, even do it for free! (*gasp!*)



Realise that what you’ve learn’t here can merely be considered markup languages.


Yes, I’m talking about html and css. If you want to be a coder… well Javascript awaits you my friends!


Happy coding!


This article was originally published on Medium: https://medium.com/@katefrappell/lessons-from-a-coding-noob-88539918b3bc

Kate Frappell

Curious and curiouser.


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