Posted January 21, 2014
I have a "Someday/Maybe" list, on which I wrote, "Learn to code software" (also, "Dungeons and Dragons?"). One month ago, I stumbled upon Codecademy and thought it a brilliant opportunity. So I created an account and began my journey.
As it turns out, writing code is an experience I enjoy. Though I cannot say it has come "naturally" for me, I do believe I am picking things up nicely. Last week, my wife, Elizabeth, called me:
E: Hey, you think you can help me with something?
E: Well good, because I told her you could code it.
Well alright then.
Fortunately for us, what the graphic designer was trying to accomplish was relatively simple, and I had actually learned enough about random numbers and arrays to whip something up. Now it might not seem like a big deal to some, but I was extremely proud of this:
Boom. It worked. I emailed the code to the designer, explaining how she could customize the styling, add her own greetings, and how she had to change the number "4" to the number of items in the array. Indeed, I felt like a champion. I told Elizabeth how much fun it was, and she encouraged me to continue learning, which I certainly will.