Project 1 Week 3/4: Finally Learning

GOAL: Just do some JavaScript, for real this time.

I’m feeling much better about my goal to just start with building a very simple web app, and then maybe a viz for the next project!

Now that I have the lay of the land, and have learned a lot more about D3 and its scope, I can charge forward with Shirley Wu’s advice to start small with introductory lessons.

Codecademy felt a little too introductory and tedious, so I found a step by step guide to building a very simple web app.

I immediately ran into trouble with the web app guide, though, since I didn’t understand the first step. So, I went to LinkedIn Learning to get more introductory materials. I found this intro to tools, which I wish I’d seen earlier on. I’m all set up with Visual Studio, but will switch to using a browser now that I know I can. This introductory course is much better than Codecademy.

So, I’ve rerouted once again and now I feel like I have finally found a resource that fits my needs and skill level. I’m going to just go through the LinkedIn Learning course for JavaScript! And I’ll get a certification on my profile out of it, which is nice.

I’ve found that LinkedIn Learning is much better because you get more practical application value upfront, so you feel like you’re actually learning to build something much faster. I can easily skip past sections I already feel comfortable with, like data types.

Essentially, I took the past 2 weeks to figure out the scope of D3.js, how to best teach myself JavaScript, and a variety of ways it works. I also found a D3 course that I think will be best for my next project!

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