Time to Code

Today I decided that it’s time I learn how to code. I’m surrounded by a ton of super talented web developers in Portland and elsewhere, and for years, I’ve always admired the craft. I’ve worked on a ton of web projects and have collaborated with web masters of all kinds – and yet, I’ve never been able to draft a lick of code of my own.

As designer and strategist this has been a bit frustrating because often, I have an idea, but when it comes down to execution, I’ve always been dependent on others to get it done. I’ve also had to call in a lot of favors when it comes to updating my blog, fixing bugs, etc. That said, I figured now would be as good a time as any to get started and to better educate myself on the World Wide Web.

Earlier today I mentioned this interest in learning how to code and several of my web developer friends chimed in and recommended some books I should pick up to get started. I wanted to share the short book list in case you too are thinking about diving into web development.

BOOKS TO BEGIN:

Bulletproof Web Design
Handcrafted CSS
Learn to Program
HMTL5 for Web Designers
Responsive Web Design
CSS3 for Web Designers

Thanks to Gerren, Diggles and David for the tips – I hope to join your ranks soon!

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2 Responses to Time to Code

  1. Jacob says:

    A couple of other resources you might find useful:

    Steven Frank (of Panic fame) recently released the first ebook in a series called Programming for Mere Mortals.

    Code School is an engaging way to pick up some programming knowledge. They’ve got a free course to test out and see if you like their style of teaching, with courses on HTML5, jQuery and Ruby/Rails.

  2. garett says:

    Ooh, cool. Thanks for the tip Jacob!

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