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I’ve managed to keep coding. I finished section 2 of Web Fundamentals. BBC’s Sherlock keeps me company as a learn html. No seriously, you have to place images into you website, so I’ve stuck to using Sherlock. Oddly, this one is very fitting.

Phase 1: Put in code.

Phase 2: Hit submit, and hope there’s no syntax errors.

Phase 3: Figure out what you forgot. Chances are it’s a semicolon or colon.

Of course, Sherlock wouldn’t have these problems. I’m no where near as fastidious as he. When I have to go through my code to figure out what I forgot, and I am working on my editing skills. When I write, I regularly forget articles (as, its, is, a, etc). I frequently need to slowly read out loud what it is I have written to even notice I have forgotten a word. In writing, you can sometimes get by, because for the most part people will add that forgotten article and still understand your meaning. Sometimes they don’t and that’s why a good editor is your bestest friend.  HTML on the other hand doesn’t work at all like this. If you forget something, it simply doesn’t work or it does something you don’t expect.

I got  lazy cocky and in my <p style=”font size 12px;”> </p> I forgot several things. Do you see it?

It should be <p style=”fontsize:12px;”></p>

I forgot the ‘-‘ and ‘:’, which made my font size remain as it’s default.

The fun part was seeing that they’ve updated html (probably a long time ago) so that when you do colour changes, you don’t have to use things like 0000FF or 000000. I use to have my favourite colours memorized. I don’t anymore because there is no need.

Instead you can do <body style =”background-color:black;”></body> or <p style=”font-color:red;”> </p>.

Or in plain English: background colour to black and paragraph font colour to red.

I remember when to bold something you used <b>Bold</b> and now it’s <strong></strong>. Italics was <i></i> and now it’s <em>Emphasis</em>.

I’m curious to see what else has changed since I made websites on geocities.

 

 

 

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I gave up or lost track of Codecademy sometime last year. I kept meaning to get back to it, but I never did.

I was 44% of the way through Javascript and I’ve decided to dump that for now. Partially, because I won’t remember much of it and two, I really didn’t feel like starting over again.

To motivate myself to continue I chose Web Fundamentals for several reasons.

  1. I use HTML
  2. I learned HTML back in 1998 and could use an update
  3. It’s easier to start something you already kinda know
  4. I will continue to use HTML
  5. I really like HTML

I used a list because that was one of the things I learned. I never used order lists <ol></ol> and unordered lists <ul></ul> and the cute numbering <li></li> before. I’m fairly pleased about that new skill.

HTML has changed since 1998, back then I didn’t use <!DOCTYPE hml> to indicate I was using html. I also never used the comment function <!–Comment here!–>

I’m going to assume that all the changes make it user friendly and versatile.

It is nice to get back to coding and not feel like a fish out of water!

Also, the Web Fundamentals section is better written and far easier to understand then Javascript in winter 2012. I stopped in April 2012, which may be boredom or because I was getting IV iron infusions. However, Web Fundamental may seem better to me because I am already familiar with HTML, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that immediately you can see the website you are making. It’s motivating to see you progress. Half the time with Javascript I felt like I wasn’t really gaining anything or grasping what I was doing. I hope that changes when I go back to it, because I do intend too.*

With HTML you feel like you are getting somewhere quickly. You might not be the best at it, but with a little bit of work it’s immediately usable. You can create a website very quickly. It’s not gonna be the nicest website, but it’s something. It seems these days webskills are something everyone can use.

*I went and looked at Javascript and they are using the same format as Web Fundamentals. That’s encouraging.

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Codecademy

I decided I would sign up for the Codecademy in order to improve my understanding of how programmes are made. Codeacademy is free learning service that is trying to teach the world code in a single year.

It would help my research if I knew something about how games are made. My studio practice and BFA (studio) back in the day,  helped me understand works of art in a tactile way that I found was lacking in a few of my art historian colleagues.  So in learning code I am hoping to gain a similar insight (or at least familiarity) into videogames. (Also it will maybe help others be less off put by my art historian-ness when they realize ‘oh, you actually know something about something.’)

I’m already behind. I’m only on the first week and I already find it difficult. I find the wording of the lessons at times a little confusing. Also,  I haven’t coded anything since my old 90s html days. It’s not a type of learning I’ve engaged with in a long time. So, it will take time for my mind to get use to it and to stop being so lazy.

My first problem is that I want to go  fast. As a result, I skim read the instructions and end up mindlessly playing with the code. I really should stop, read it, and understand it.  I haven’t taken the lessons seriously, but as a weird game to get achievements. Which certainly gives me something to think about on achievements, learning, and their counter-productiveness.

I am going to  make this work out.

Once I give myself a proper schedule and clear goals, it will be much easier for me to commit to this project.  Today, I am going to finish week 1 and start week 2. I’ll finish week 2 tomorrow and then be on track to start week 3.

I need to start taking notes.  Information falls out of my brain when I don’t write it down.

Also, it will be nice in a year to be able to  edit and sample other programs to make things that I need. Maybe that’s ambitious, but screw it,  I’ll be blissfully unrealistic.

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