Hello, I am essentially brand new to coding. I have gone through the first few sections of the coding tutorials (HTML, Bootstrap, Jquery) and now I am working on the projects.
The instructions say that you should not look at the source code of the example projects. I however feel like I essentially have no idea what I am doing, or where to even start without at least peaking at the examples source code. For example, on the first project “Build a Tribute Page” I started off my page by just using pure HTML and CSS. I was having trouble figuring out how to get my page to look like the example tribute page, so I cheated and looked at the examples source code. I immediately realized that the example tribute page was written almost entirely with Bootstrap styling. I then decided to try and match the example by using bootstrap elements.
From there, I did not just copy and paste the source code from the example. Instead I looked back at prior lessons, and also went to other websites with instructions on how to use bootstrap, and then from there tried my best to create a tribute page that was similar to the one in the example.
I know that I am “supposed” to be doing these projects from scratch, and not by just looking up how to accomplish what I want with bootstrap and html and css. However, I feel like at this point I do not really know enough about HTML or Bootstrap or CSS to actually make these first two simple projects from scratch.
Am I doing myself a disservice by looking at others projects and using their source code to make my own projects? When I say use, I don’t mean copy and pasting, but instead looking at how they have done it, and then trying to figure out how to apply similar code to my own projects.
Should I actually just be attempting to write it all from scratch? If I am having trouble figuring out how to even really get started purely from scratch, does that mean I lack the aptitude for web development? Or do most beginners complete the projects in a way similar to me, by peaking at others source code and then going from there?