Almost every day I find something that can be improved with a few lines of code, and the more I learn how to code, the more I realize how many things I have been doing inefficiently.
If you are considering a career in digital media, web development, online marketing or are just interested in learning something — learning to program will change your life. Not only will you uncover how to leverage the power of computing to become more efficient, accurate and useful at work, but along your coding journey you’ll also unlock new ways of thinking that will help you solve problems, learn faster, meet new people and contribute to world-changing open-source projects.
Sounds great, right? Well, it is pretty great! Except…
Programming is not something you can pick-up in a few days with a crash course (trust me, I have tried plenty of crash courses). It takes commitment — and the learning curve can be unforgiving.
So, to ensure the best use of your time you’ll want to start with a programming language that is:
- Well documented: meaning lots has been written about how to use it to solve problems.
- Widely used: meaning many websites use the programming language and it’s likely to be around for a long time.
- Easy to apply: meaning you don’t need any fancy or expensive software to get started.
One of the challenges of learning something new is figuring out the stuff that your guide or tutorial didn’t tell you.
Classes and textbooks are wonderful, but none are complete on their own, so having access to extensive collections of writing, tutorials, and guides that cover everything from practical application to theoretical concepts is extremely helpful.
Well documented? Check.
950,000,000 is a lot, so — widely used? Check.
JavaScrip is easy to apply
Here, let me show you how easy it is to get started.
Please select your internet browser below and follow the instructions.
Step 1: Activate your browser’s console
- To open the developer console window on Chrome, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + I (on Windows) or Ctrl + Option + J (on Mac).
- Follow these steps and then use the shortcut below.
- Cmd + Opt + C
- To open the console on Edge, hit F12 to access the F12 Developer Tools. Once in the F12 Developer Tools, navigate to the Console tab.
- To open the console on Firefox, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + K (on Windows) or Ctrl + Option + K (on Mac). The toolbox will appear at the bottom of the browser window, with the Web Console activated.
Step 2: Type the following in your browser console
After you’ve typed the above in your console press enter. You should get a little message box that pops up and says
Pretty neat huh?
I think so!
Alright then, I’m here to help.
Oh, by the way, my name is Daniel Puiatti, you can call me Dan.
I have over a decade of experience in digital media. From responsive website design to search engine optimization, social media marketing to accessibility. My experience has allowed me to build, grow and optimize many digital campaigns and products. And like you, I don’t have a technical background.
Now let’s get learning. The next guide to read is my introduction to how a web browser builds a website.