Several years ago a land developer decided to sit on some of his property for awhile to see if they added an Interstate Exit near his property. In the mean time he put the property to use by stringing up a bunch of lights and called his creation, "Lights of the South". I admit, it is a neat display. They have tractors pulling trailers full of hay bales and people through lit up nativity scenes and winter wonderland recreations - all that is missing is the snow (but who are we kidding, it's the South after all).
A friend suggested that I play around with code, specifically python, awhile back. I've bought several books and tinkered around here and there but I just couldn't get into the flow. Enter CodeCademy.com.
There are several sites out there and I am excited to experiment with them, but I received an email a couple of months ago from CodeCademy profiling one of their users that went from being a lawyer to a software developer and he had started with their site. He recommended starting with HTML and then moving on up to the "higher languages". That's when I had my "AHA" moment - I was trying to run before I even learned how to crawl.
I've designed websites for the last 20 some odd years, but I've always used programs to do it (Thanks FrontPage!) but the actual guts of the sites always intimidated me. Well, I am no longer going to cower in fear! While I may have a lot to learn I love the way that CodeCademy takes you through their lessons explaining simple concepts then having you actually type the code out. They prefill a lot so it doesn't feel tedious, but you do get a good bit of practice.
Here's to learning how to crawl.
(BTW - I did this whole post in my html editor, not my WYSIWYG - go code!)