coding partner or starting over better?
June 30, 2015 12:00 AM   Subscribe

I am in the UK and learning HTML/CSS/JavaScript & InDesign through The InDesign comes naturally to me, the coding not so much. The trouble is it's very difficult to get feedback and damn near impossible to find a coding partner. I do not have time to do more than three hours of training everyday and can't take time off. Is there a language/framework/training that would be more progressive to the lone learner?
posted by parmanparman to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Are you a complete beginner? Because a course that involves HTML and CSS and JavaScript does not sound like a good beginner course. If you can't find a mentor then I recommend starting over with the basics of HTML and working your way up the web page food chain. Three consistent hours a day at a pace where you aren't biting off more than you can chew and it'll be a breeze.

Is there a language/framework/training that would be more progressive to the lone learner?
It depends on your goals. If you want to learn how to write programs, then you want a basic programming course in a language with minimal setup (Python is good). If you want to make a kick-ass wordpress implementation, then start with HTML. If your goal is to create a feature-rich and flexible website running on your own server, then you need a bit of everything.
posted by clorox at 3:55 AM on June 30, 2015

Response by poster: My goal is to make websites. I am going one language at a time (currently doing html)
posted by parmanparman at 4:34 AM on June 30, 2015

Response by poster: Would say I am a beginner
posted by parmanparman at 4:47 AM on June 30, 2015

Codecademy sounds perfect for you!
posted by Drexen at 4:48 AM on June 30, 2015 is a nice site, takes you from the basics up to building pretty complicated apps. It's concentrated on JavaScript but there's a good bit of html/css. They have a very active slack channel to find help and buddies. They use codecademy a lot but in a structured way.

The Odin Project is another good site, if you go through their Web Dev 101 you'll have a good grasp of html, css and javascript. The community is not as strong there although there is a facebook group and slack channel as well.
posted by natteringnabob at 8:23 AM on June 30, 2015

I found real-world, real-time feedback invaluable when learning coding. If you're a member of a group that is underrepresented in technology, then check out Codebar for free weekly coding workshops with a mentor. If you're not then depending on your location take a look for coding meetups like Open Tech School.
posted by atlantica at 9:08 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]

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