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No degrees here!

I explained in My Story that I didn't learn about web development until later in life.

This meant I didn't study a typical degree, so me having listed Student as a job may seem somewhat misleading.

However, since 2016 until 2019, I studied and practiced some form of web development for at least 2 hours each day, except for the odd day off, typically when I was on holiday or had a family event.

To be honest, this is a job that I still do. I never stop learning and am always a student when it comes to dev.

Particularly working on the front end, the speed of change in technologies is wild. Technologies pop up faster than you can read their docs!

However, I do believe that if you focus on the core pillars of front end development; HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and learn each of these in-depth, before using frameworks and libraries, as I have done, you will not only have a greater appreciation for what is possible, you will also not have to worry so much about the latest trendy frameworks.

This was the case for me when I found that learning Vue at Eyekiller wasn't too bad. There are still parts of Vue I need to learn more about but my knowledge of vanilla JavaScript has certainly helped with coming to terms with a lot of its concepts.

During my early days as a 'student', my main focus was HTML, CSS, and vanilla JavaScript. I did do some Bootstrap and got some experience with small vanilla JavaScript libraries and APIs later on. I also learned about WordPress and PHP for WordPress by building free and paid themes using Underscores.

Some of the resources I used for learning web development included:

  • Code Academy
  • Lynda (now LinkedIn Learning)
  • Team Treehouse
  • Udemy
  • DevTips

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