Week Three – SheCodes…or does she?

It’s hard to believe that only a week has passed since my last blog post – so much has happened and changed in such a short amount of time that I would need multiple paragraphs just to cover it.

Rather than waste time describing everything that has occurred since last Saturday, I’ll focus on the latest updates in my coding journey: my very first attempt at a coding bootcamp!

As I mentioned previously, I have signed up to start studying on an intensive ‘Coding Foundations’ course as of next month. As a ‘foundations’ level course, there’s very little ‘required knowledge’ that I need to have before I begin, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying my best to learn as much as possible in the little amount of time I have left before it starts.

This week, that meant enrolling in an online ‘bootcamp’-style course run by SheCodes.

Jumping Right In

If you’ve ever seen a ‘SheCodes’ advert on Youtube or any other website, you’ll know that they run introductory and intermediate courses online that introduce women to the world of coding, frontend development and more.

The courses can be taken whenever and wherever you wish, and consist of a series of pre-recorded videos, assessed challenges, and a final coding project that must be completed. Throughout the course, students have access to a dedicated slack community where they can interact with other students and receive support from SheCodes staff; simply post about whatever bug or question you’re tackling, and an answer will appear within a very short amount of time!

As most ‘supported’ online courses seem to involve online classes held on an American schedule, I was really pleased to find SheCodes and take their ‘Basics’ course in my own timing. In fact, I enjoyed the set-up so much that I ended up completing the entire course in just 6 days, rather than the full 3 weeks that the website suggests.

The course took me through all the important things I would need to know in order to create a simple landing page with user-interaction, and by the end I felt quite comfortable using HTML, CSS, and various aspects of JavaScript (including events, which I hadn’t come across previously in my self-studying).

As a final project, I made a simple landing page dedicated to one of my favourite movie characters that (using prompts, if/else statements, and events) would take a user’s name and email address if they clicked on a ‘sign up’ button. Admittedly, the email address was a bit useless (I don’t know what to do with it once it has been given, really), but I was able to use the user’s name in order to create a personalised alert when they had filled in all the necessary information.

So, like I said, it’s a very ‘basic’ webpage, but I’m very proud of it. After all, I’ve only been on this coding journey for around 18 days so far!

I’ll hopefully upload some information about the webpage to the ‘projects’ section of this website soon. In the meantime, have a great week!

Photo by Edho Pratama on Unsplash

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