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Dear Developers, you still have to know basic body language to code

It’s been two weeks since I announced to the world I’d be learning to code from scratch and documenting it all here on the internet…for everyone to see. And if that isn’t a motivator, I don’t know what is.

The past couple of weeks have flown by, as they always do. You’ll be proud to know I stuck to my four hours a week goal, and even found that after two hours I had enough for a post for you guys. One challenge I found with writing this article for you was how to format it to keep the mass of you engaged, whether you’re learning with me or just interested in my journey.

I figured I’d start with stating my end goal, it’s all good and well my saying I’m going to learn but if there is no ongoing work-in-progress, I could just be copy pasting this for all you know. Having something tangible that I can build week by week and share with you to show my progress and continue to (hopefully) inspire, is ideal really.

“So, I have decided my end goal is going to be, queue drum roll please, my very own website! I bet you weren’t expecting that one after learning I am teaching myself HTML and CSS.”

These days I guess it’s kind of horrific not to have your own personal website, right?

It’s clear that professionals have a need for it, for example there are lots of Designers who don’t know how to code but need an online portfolio to show their work. This offensive thought has led me to the plan of building a personal website, consisting of the standard website material you see these days of young professionals. I’ll also play about with the idea of a blog called ‘The Food Store’, and will be my starting point.

Here’s an overview of what is in today’s entry:

  • The ‘stupid’ questions
  • Boilerplate code
  • Body language
  • Takeaways

Pledging total honesty, as always.

The ‘stupid’ questions

“First of all, a quick recap. HTML aka Hyper Text Markup Language, is the computer language that defines the structure and presentation of raw text, providing a logical way to structure content for web pages.”

I call this section the ‘stupid’ questions because it holds the answers to things I was a little afraid to ask. But here, safe behind my screen there is no-one to judge me. I now understand what HTML means, but where exactly am I supposed to write it? How do I get to view it locally? And once I’m done, how do I get it to become an actual website?

Technically, you can write HTML in any kind of word processor but there are two programs that’ll make you feel a little more suave and like you’re doing this for real. Sublime Text is a developer go to when it comes to writing code, with ATOM being a close second. Both text editors are free but Sublime Text pesters you with ads every thirty minutes if you don’t have a license.

Sublime Text looks like this and is described as the text editor you’ll fall in love with:

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