var coding = “Awesome!”

I am just here because I want to say: CODING ROCKS!

I actually can’t believe this is really happening. Not even 2 months after deciding to start to learn HTML (and up until last friday I still had a full time job), here I am coding the s%*[ out of my editor.

I just created a function in javascript that assigns a random color to a circle and randomly shapes it to be a square when clicked. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the fact that I was able to find out how to do it all by myself without having done anything similar in JavaScript before – is a small miracle to me.

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I really have to send a huge thanks to Rob Percival, whose course “The complete Web Developer Course 2.0” on Udemy has helped me not only to understand loops, functions and statements in JavaScript, but he has given me the ability and confidence to built stuff on my own.

On a little sidenote: I am very happy with my decision to become a full-time coding student/autodidact. For the moment I am using 100% of my time to do what I love.

What else could be better? I am really, really grateful.

Eliane ♥

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Udemy’s Complete Web Developer Course 2.0

Coming home today from my full time call center job, (and after a shocking look at my bank account, jeez, when am I actually going to have any of the money I earn?) I took a couple of hours for my studies.

Quick conclusion of the day: Now that I am quite comfortable with HTML & CSS, and I want to move on, things get very complex.

I am currently enrolled in a number of courses at the same time, and the possibilities to learn just from these tutorials are truly immense – but it can be quite overwhelming. I feel I am starting to lose track. I thought I’d first get started with Responsive Design, which basically means to begin to use and understand Bootstrap. Bootstrap however entails certain knowledge of JavaScript. JavaScript entails jQuery and all these other tech terms I am still very much unfamiliar with. Everything seems to explode into this huge cloud of information.

I realize I need some real structure. Rather than jumping from one course to another, I want to follow one hands-on course that helps me to become familiar with the most important languages and concepts. So I started to google again to look up some of the best (& affordable) web development courses available online – and I found Udemy’s “The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0” by Rob Percival. It even includes one year of unlimited webhosting on ecowebhosting.co.uk (which means I will be able to upload my own wordpress site soon – this one is already bugging me) – both for just 10€! Now I don’t know how these things are even possible – but I won’t complain. And, after all the American teachers, I am happy to listen to some British accent for a change 😉

Recap: I need to give my path substance, and structure. How about this little to-do-list:

  1. Complete freeCodeCamp‘s Front-End Developer Coding Challenge
  2. Complete the “Web Developer Course 2.0” on Udemy.com
    (those two alone should keep me busy for several months)
  3. Begin building my Portfolio

I have to keep this plan open and flexible, though. I may feel the need for more direct mentoring and personal guidance one day, so I might want to go for a course like Skillcrush.com later on, but for the moment my bank account does not allow any of this luxury.

By the way, my general goal is simple: to become a freelancer!

Wish me luck!