Jessica Learns To Code Day 1 – Hopping On The Roller Coaster!

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am taking an online class called Intro To Programming at Udacity and learning to code. I picked this class from the catalog because I have another goal in mind and that’s to work through the Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree at Udacity. Why? Because it sort of compliments the knowledge I have been acquiring for the past 7+ years as an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant and more importantly is sounds interesting! Truth be told what REALLY sounds interesting is the Flying Cars Nanodegree Program but I sense there is too much algebra for me – even I know when to hold ’em, fold ’em, walk away, and – when it comes to algebra – RUN!

When I initially reviewed the Intro To Programming syllabus I was figuring out what I could accomplish by committing 10 hours per week to the program. Remember, I am still running Maes Consulting which requires a lot of hands on consulting during the week. And at night – well, Netflix, knitting, reading, and hanging out with my family are calling my name! So 10 hours each week seemed like a stretch but reasonable.

Per the syllabus the first project was estimated to take 10 hours. So I figured: Ok, this will take me a week. I got to work and – no joke – I was through all of the videos the first day. Granted it was the first day so I was feeling ambitious. But by no means had I put in 10 hours – maybe 3. I was feeling pretty good about myself! Like: I soooo got this programming stuff!


Then, the last module in the section advised I needed to turn in my notes from the project.


Then I read further and I needed to write the notes in HTML code.

Say what?


So this is where th 10 hour project estimate kicks in!

So there I was, eeking out writing my notes in code. But you know what?

I did it!

It’s nothing fancy but here’s my first project:

If you click here you can see the notes as a web page – omg!

So my takeaway after Day 1:

There are gonna be ups and downs on this adventure!

One minute I thought I had this stuff all figured out and the next minute I had no clue what to do next. Humbling and exciting all rolled up into one!

Looking forward to the next set of challenges…