I have learned a lot in the two web classes that I have taken, but I could have learned more had I been able to go back and tell myself a few things.
This should be obvious but many of us did not do this enough in intro to web. I don’t know how I expected myself to learn the material when I didn’t practice using it. Those first few exercises did not go very well because I did not know what I was doing. It just doesn’t make sense. If I had simply done the exercises the book had told me to I would have been completely fine. Speaking of the book….
Again, this should be obvious. Reading through each chapter woud have given me a better understanding of the material we were covering in class. The exercises in the book are actually very useful and will help you out with the class exercises.
It’s ok to Fail
Don’t worry past Robbie, I am not talking about failing the class (you won’t). It is ok to mess up sometimes. If we never ran into issues then we wouldn’t know how to resolve those issues. Not everything is going to be easy at first. Make sure you learn from your past mistakes and use that knowledge to prevent further mistakes from happening.
Validate… all the time
Just so you know, you will do a lot better on those first exercises if you simply validate the page. No kidding. It is so easy, make sure you do this! A lot of your issues can be solved by validating the page. Make validator.w3.org your best friend.
Welcome to Web Design
First off, the new crop of web designers should definitely read what I just wrote above. Practice, read your book, learn from your mistakes, and validate. They should know that the next 32 weeks are going to be hard, they are learning a new language (code) and like learning any new language, practice makes perfect. Make sure you like what you are designing. It doesn’t matter how good you are at coding, if your design is bad then your site will be bad.
One of your most valued resources will be google. I know this sounds silly, but google is the easiest and fastest way to find hundreds of web related articles. I found so many helpful articles about almost every topic of web design by using a google search. Google is also a good way to find answers to coding issues when Blake is not available.
Most importantly, stay focused. These next 32 weeks can be a lot of fun if you make sure you stay on task.