Talking the talk that matches your environment.
Or how to code. Where you start depends on what you want to do with your skill.
For basic websites, here's a good guide for beginners learning html (the content) and css (the appearance). After you read the first page of the guide, hop on over to the website of the creator Shay Howe and go through his slides on the same subject. I thought the slides made the concepts easier to grasp. Or am I just too used to PowerPoint? Plus, I think some visuals on how code relates to output (I'm thinking literally a picture and arrows pointing from code to parts of the picture) would really help, too.
As you get more advanced, more resources for you:
1. JS Fiddle
2. Ruby Monk
For overall programming resources or how to program/code, there are a number of online courses and programs, like Treehouse.
What would you build if you could program? What are you building?
If you like the folks behind Skillcrush, you are going to like this web design basics pdf. BTW, if you are a woman who wants to learn more about coding and web design, in general, I highly recommend the Skillcrush newsletter.
There are so many ways today to increase your technology skills and even learn to code.
1. Team Treehouse and their new packaging Code Racer,
2. CodeAcademy.org - not to be confused with
4. Dev Boot Camp in San Francisco,
6. Rails for Zombies,
7. Coder Dojo,
9. Girl Develop It,
14. Code Avengers, and
15. Code School.
While CodeAcademy and the Dev Boot Camp are in person, the others are purely online. I've been trying the online versions and finding that it may be my age, but I do better when in a classroom environment. It's less convenient, to be sure, to travel to a class and block out the time, but I find that when left to my own devices, I don't do the work as consistently as I would like. There are so many distractions online!
It's something I think about with respect to the Valley mantra about how technology is going to change education for children. Online classes may be great for the disciplined, motivated and well-behaved, but what about the rest of us?
I know, you can use Tumbler, WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, or Shopify, to name a few, but sometimes these tools don't cut it. What you need is a website with more functionality. Where to start?
Well, you can teach yourself. Here are two handy dandy resources:
Word of Caution: these do require some mental effort and a willingness to learn techy talk.
I learned these HTML codes on my niece's school blog. Pretty cool:
♥ = ♥
♣ = ♣
♔ = ♔
★ = ★
☆ = ☆
♠ = ♠
♦ = ♦