06/09/17 – Day 2
This was a pretty cool evening – I had already done the basics HTML & CSS sections of camp pretty quickly on the first day – after 10 years working as a web designer I would want to be able to breeze through those. Today I’ve put just shy of 2 hours into the course and I finished Bootstrap and jQuery. It really was a bit of a thrill actually – I had never explored either of those before which it is something I am a little ashamed of. I’ve never needed to badly enough – WordPress tends to dumb you down a little with plugins for advanced functionality. Bootstrap was quite the eye opener as to how much CSS you can cut down on – how much faster would my designing have been with bootstrap!
I also set up my very first Codepen account and tomorrow I will be starting my first project – creating a tribute page. Now I need to figure out who or what to do the tribute page to!
06/09/17 – Day 4
Yes – I skipped yesterday – feeling pretty annoyed with myself about that so made a pact with himself that we would encourage me to just do a half hour every day. That tactic worked this evening as I actually sat down at 8:15 and got started – it is now 9:45 so I’ve put in an hour and a half. I got my Tribute page all planned out and then I realised that I really don’t know Bootstrap at all!!! How lovely so the big realisation for today is that I am going to have to do a lot of outside learning beyond FreeCodeCamp but that FreeCodeCamp will give me a really great intro and overview of the new areas I need to learn. So I’ve now taken myself off over to Lynda.com to do the Bootstrap 4 essentials course… I still don’t have a broadband connection so am waiting for the course files to download over my mobile data…. fun. It may be time to sign off the computer for tonight methinks.
12/09/17 – Day 10
I am finding consistency very difficult even though I know it is the key to success with anything. It was a good few days before I knucked down again to the Lynda Bootstrap course. Bootstrap is a whole new world to me – I cannot believe that I didn’t learn it before now. I know it doesn’t really work with Divi but it is an incredible piece of kit – I will definitely have to start developing some sites using underscores and bootstrap to see what is possible without all the builder bloat. It has been a very busy few days trying to catch up with work so programming hours are way down. Hopefully by the end of the week I will have made more significant progress with the catchup and launching the new portfolio site so I can dedicate more hours to programming next week.
14/09/17 – Day 12
Ok – so it is Thursday night… late. A bit late on my update but I did do a half hour yesterday and another 40 minutes today which may not seem like much but for me – someone who usually drops out of routine after a few days – that is freakin amazing! The eyes are hanging out of my head this evening and I still knuckled down to a half hour to finish off the navigation chapter of Bootstrap. It took me two evenings to get through this – I really do need to find more time for this and earlier in the day. Newly learned today: Aria attributes – I had never heard of them before! Much more research is needed but at least I am aware of them now.
One other thing that I did is I started the Learning How To Learn MOOC with Coursera and UC Berkley. Fascinating – I never knew about focused and diffuse learning and the importance of both exercise and sleep for learning… looking forward to week two of that course already!
Week 1 Review
This was not a particularly well structured week but I am glad that I decided to dive deeper into Bootstrap – it is pretty powerful. I will finish this course this week and build a few apps just using Bootstrap & inline CSS next week. Its slow but sure progress … that is progress by itself for me!