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Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

So it goes

No, the title is not an error. I’m just showing off with my exceptional coding skills…

It has been a couple of weeks since I started using Codecademy – grabbing a few minutes here and there. I have progressed through 5 sections of the online tutorials and after typing my name and adding 2 + 2 in the first section, things have advanced a great deal. This definitely doesn’t mean I am matching up to any of our developers; it is still the elementary stuff of coding. But for someone who knew nothing, I have learnt a lot.

So far I have created my own confirmation windows and alert messages but have mainly concentrated on variables. Strings, substrings, literals, methods and arrays are all words that now have a whole new meaning. Next is creating ‘if statements’ which looks like a big leap from variables so I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet.

Every section is made up of a number of exercises, each explained in context. The sections can take as little as 10 minutes to complete but only if you quickly grasp what it wants you to do! With things getting a little more complicated, I’ve had to go back and swiftly refresh my memory on previous sections before I figure out what to do next.

Feeling proud of myself for getting through a few sections and earning a few points and achievements, I stumbled upon the course menu and realised I am actually just at the tip of the Javascript coding iceberg. As it turns out I’m still on the introduction! After these lessons there are introductory projects. Then there are at least six other groups of lessons and projects including functions, objects and conditionals. It’s clear I need to step up my game.

Over the next couple of weeks I aim to get started on the first project – creating a simple number game program. It sounds unachievable for me now, but with Codecademy guidance, I’m sure I’ll get there in the end.