Will.i.am: '... most creative space'

Although it’s not specific to web design I think Caleb (and others) might agree with the spirit of this article http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/29/will-i-am-coding-is-the-most-creative-space-interview/.

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Coding is very rewarding, almost addictive. I still manage a few old sites with FW and I have started to convert some of them to hand coded sites, partly for the simple satisfaction that I can but also for the streamlined and logical CSS that comes with hand coding. The ease of creating responsive sites and using includes for things that stay the same across multiple pages like headers, footers, sidebars etc. is pure magic. There is something to be said for looking at some neatly written code—it’s a thing of beauty.

Now if I can only be an operator like Will.i.am…

Marcel


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Reading the article showing next to the above made me think for a while…

http://venturebeat.com/2013/08/14/this-12-year-old-kid-learned-to-code-on-codecademy-built-5-apps-and-is-speaking-at-sxsw/


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I’ll just second what Marcel said, as he put it better than I can. Especially this part:

Coding is very rewarding, almost addictive.

Thanks for the link Todd!


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The comments on that second post are what scare me away from learning code.

How simple is the code for the “hello world” example? I don’t even know what it’s written in, but apparently, it has bugs and incorrect code in it! In those simple two lines!!

Sheesh…I have NO chance!

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Looks like Objective-C and it’s used to write software, not for web design. It’s also a very robust language that’s unlike HTML or CSS. Don’t sell yourself short Bob, HTML and CSS are easier and quicker to learn.

Todd

The comments on that second post are what scare me away from learning code.

How simple is the code for the “hello world” example? I don’t even know what it’s written in, but apparently, it has bugs and incorrect code in it! In those simple two lines!!

Sheesh…I have NO chance!


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Don’t sell yourself short Bob, HTML and CSS are easier and quicker to learn.

They are actually very easy to learn. HTML/CSS are markup languages, not programming languages (like Javascript, Java, or all the variants of C). You don’t have to work with logic, if-else statements, loops, objects, or X, Y, and Z, as HTML/CSS are simply read, and do not “think”.

In fact, I made a “Hello World” example in HTML and CSS just for you: "Hello World" HTML/CSS. The first file is the uncommented version to let you "see" the construction better. In the second version, I've placed a lot of instructive comments. Download it, mess around with them in your favorite text editor (TextWranger is free!), and preview them in your browser. · GitHub


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Lots of online resources to learn the basics

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I have to get my nerve up! At 50, I don’t mind learning new stuff (I enjoy it) it’s information retention I worry about!

Thanks for the encouragement, gang…

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You can definitely pick this up later in life. Once you get past the syntax – the braces and commas and semicolons and parentheses – the rest of it is pure logic, and your brain will have absorbed more of that than many youngsters’.

I wrote my first line of JavaScript in 1996, my first line of PHP in 2000, my first line of Ruby in 2005. I was 32, 36, and 41, respectively. I am currently working on Node, and hope to move into Slash after that. I’ll be 50 in another couple of months. The moment you stop learning new things, you start dying, IMO.

Walter

On Nov 1, 2013, at 9:24 AM, Robert B wrote:

I have to get my nerve up! At 50, I don’t mind learning new stuff (I enjoy it) it’s information retention I worry about!

Thanks for the encouragement, gang…

Bob


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The moment you stop learning new things, you start dying, IMO

So true.

Marcel


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