Adventures in Front End Web Development
My love of web development started in middle school. I remember spending hours upon hours toiling away on my dell dimension trying to build a place on the web. First I used the top wysiwyg editors of the day like geocities and homestead then I eventually moved to raw HTML. The first major website I built was michael-web, for some reason I wanted to build a yahoo clone. It was never any good, but I learned a lot from it. I have no idea where that website went, revisiting it would be embarrassing. My largest project back then was my small school’s website. I built the design and all the code from scratch. I was really proud of that website. I stopped developing it when I left the school.
When I went to college, for some reason, I stopped web development all together. I’ve built the occasional squarespace site for friends and family but never really jumped back in the webdev pool headfirst. So it has been a while since I have done serious web development. In the last six months, I decided to dive in. I started with a VTC course(a online video learning site) that was supposed to teach web development completely. It fell way short.
Since then I have attacked webdev piece by piece. Re-familiarizing myself with HTML was my first goal, that was pretty easy, though I’m still working through all the awesome HTML5 features. I then moved on CSS, which I didn’t use much when I developed webpages. Parts of CSS can be incredibly simple others really hard. The book I used to learn CSS is Beginning CSS by Ian Pouncey and Richard York. Excellent book, clear examples with test at the end of each chapter. The examples go through each line of code. I’ve used some excellent sites for CSS including CSS Tricks by Chris Coyier. This is the definitive site for learning CSS. I would also recommend his excellent podcast Shop Talk with Dave Rupert, it’s funny and informative.
Where to from here?