Hi all, nice to meet you.
I think better out loud, so I’ll be keeping a journal here of what I’m thinking and doing. I’m feeling about 95% sure about programming as a career change (but that’s happened before where I was wrong). My gut can veto before Wednesday morning, after that I have to make the call and stick with it come hell or high water.
I’m sitting on about 10 months’ worth of bills in my bank account, which puts me in a very good position to learn what I’m doing full-time. At 32, I flatter myself to believe I know more or less how this bundle of guts operates. Conservatively, I’d like to be paying bills again from an income by the end of January.
Initial goal is to finish the front-end certification course by the end of Friday. Off I go!
Updates for today:
I just finished the HTML tutorials. It’s familiar material so I expected it to go pretty quickly. The front-end libraries are not familiar so those are going to be more of a grind.
It may be overambitious but I believe I can finish the responsive web design certification by the end of today if I apply myself.
Finished the CSS modules. I was happy to observe that my brain was actually retaining information.
Done with the visual design modules. Accessibility next.
This box shadow looks really swanky. I’m saving this for later:
box-shadow: 0 10px 20px rgba(0,0,0,0.19), 0 6px 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.23);
The positioning tutorials aren’t very helpful. I’m able to pass the exercises easily enough but I don’t feel I understand normal flow, positioning, and float. Did some reading in here but it’s slow going: https://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/visuren.html
Will probably do some YouTube browsing to find a more genpop-focused explanation.
Color theory is cool. Playing with the lightness of different hues is fun. Playing with saturation isn’t much fun, because you’re basically choosing how dreary you want it to be. Lightness though goes from gentle and comforting to serious and subdued.