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Learning During Lockdown

Lockdown has been a challenging time for all of us, not just in a business sense, but also personally. Suddenly finding ourselves with an awful lot of time on our hands has been both a blessing and a curse, but for some has allowed them to turn their attention to things they’ve been putting off for a while. Though for many this ranges from doing DIY around the house or picking up an old hobby, for me it has meant finally having the opportunity to learn a new skill which I have wanted to for a very long time: coding!

Having worked in environments that deal in digital for many years, working closely with developers is business as usual, and so I previously had a very vague knowledge of code, mostly HTML. However, I definitely couldn’t write it, and I had long thought that learning would help me create better digital designs rooted in a deeper understanding of how they’re built.

With the support of the Frost team, I’ve finally started my coding journey. Utilising an online resource, I’ve started learning front end coding languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. With videos, quizzes and practice sessions (along with an abundance of notes!), I’ve been doing a few hours of learning each day in between the long dog walks and an abundance of gardening.

Creating little web designs with my new knowledge and then challenging myself to build them has also been a great way to learn, and allows me to add new pieces to each design as I learn new skills. For example, I’ve just added a navigation bar to the website I created about my dog! Though the content of the sites is all fun and games, the actual creation has been really enjoyable, and being able to fix bugs in my code to create something that works is incredibly satisfying.

Hopefully as I continue on my coding journey, I’ll learn more and more useful skills, and am aiming to learn PHP so perhaps one day can put my work on content management systems such as WordPress to make them easier to update for the general user. For now, I am excited to continue creating small sites with increasingly complex functionality, and can’t wait to start on the next part of my course!

Beth