How Not To Boil The Ocean
I haven’t gotten comfortable with video taping coding tutorials as of yet and I have a ton of knowledge and resources that I need to share with those of you wondering what it’s like to start from a non-technical career, essentially without any knowledge of programming, into one of pure geek madness fun.
So I am starting this new series to help you find your way to your dream career without Boiling The Ocean.
What is it that you need to know or start to learn when making this decision? Where do you start? How do you pick the right coding language that will make you the most desirable candidate? Most importantly, ask yourself, what you love to do, for me it is Web Dev and designing fantastic, cutting edge user experiences.
I am an aspiring full stack front end developer so I will focus on technologies, capabilities and knowledge related to that. For those of you that are looking to become data geeks, back end developers, software engineers or mobile app developers, this content can be useful but the “stacks” you will need to learn will be different. Please feel free to reach out to me and I will answer any questions you have about those careers, because I went through it all….the hard way, so you don’t have to. You can also check out Bento. They have a nifty color coded way to figure out what stack you need for the role you want.
I will share with you the must have knowledge a front end web developer needs, the nice to have’s and the not necessary or as I like to call it, back burner stuff.
- When do you use HTML/CSS and JS?
- Real Life Example:
GDI HTML/CSS Web Series Courses– It all started here for me in a weekend workshop where I was fed delicious mediterranean food and created a web page from scratch while knowing nothing about programming or coding. Now, GDI offers an entire web developer series at a low cost and sometimes free or scholarshipped. You can follow the complete track to be fully confident and ready to show off your capabilities to your dream company. The series is offered throughout the year and is suggested to be taken in order.
GA Dash– About a year and half ago, General Assembly launched their free online training program to compete with other free online coding tools like Khan Academy, Codecademy and Codeschool. There are 4 tracks for the web developer series and they are easy, fast and fun. At the end of the 4 tracks you will have built a personal website, a responsive blog, a business website, and a CSS robot. Did I mention it’s free and only takes about a weekend at most?
SkillCrush also has their Blueprint series which consists of five core competency blueprints at a minimal cost of $399, compared to the thousands of dollars you would spend at bootcamps. Their blueprints are as follows;
Web Designer, Web Developer, Mobile Web Designer, Freelance WordPress Developer and Ruby on Rails Developer. You simply pick a blueprint, pay and then you are on your way to learning the things you will need to know to begin your career.
They also give you that instant gratification that some of us like in which we can see something we create show up immediately in the browser. In other words, it’s more fun to learn to code when you can see your efforts as you learn.
Stay Tuned for the next installment-> How Not To Boil The Ocean Series-The DOM