Breakpoints and flexbox and media queries / percentage-based layouts and not feeling weary / style tiles and responsive type / these are a few of my favourite things. Just call me Julie Andrews.
It’s amazing how much you can learn in a couple of weeks! The best part of learning development while working here at LegRoom has been seeing how things I write about for the blog come into practice in the real world. Suddenly that post I wrote about Bootstrap all those moons ago makes an incredible amount of sense to me. My studies feed off LegRoom, and our content at LegRoom feeds off my studies. Win, win!
Admittedly, I’ve been feeling incredibly overwhelmed over the last few weeks – when you take a step back and realise just how much you’ve been learning in such a short period of time, you’re definitely taken aback. Especially when you realise that all it takes is two consecutive days of missing your ‘dev time’ to completely unlearn everything you’d been putting into practice (you’d think I’d learnt my lesson when this first happened five years ago!).
Learning to code has meant a huge lifestyle change. Gone are my days of freelancing until 2am, procrastination and intermittent napping. I am lucky, though. I’m really passionate about web development – I listen to Podcasts on my way into LegRoom, I spend my days in the office reading, writing content and performing QA, I’m in constant contact with developers (both in the office and freelancing), and I’m constantly looking at the code for websites I find interesting and trying to figure out how they work (the more simple parts, for now). I can’t imagine trying to learn something like this if you didn’t love it.
My favourite thing about development is the fact that you’re solving problems. The same thing drew me to design initially. So when I had a bit of a wow moment this week, I fell in love with it all over again.
I sat down for hours trying to figure out how to modify a certain element in a WordPress theme, went through a tonne of trial and error, and almost pulled my hair out. But in the end, I figured it out and gave myself a giant pat on the back – I solved my first legitimate problem for a freelance client and it felt amazing. And the even better news? There’s plenty more to come!
As always, I’ll be tweeting more about my journey over on my personal Twitter (@murphytrueman) – let’s share our experiences and chat all things dev!