AMA: I'm Manoela Ilic, Co-founder of Codrops

almost 9 years ago from Manoela Ilic, Web Designer at Codrops

  • Spencer Bigum, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    Hello Manoela, thank you for taking the time here to answer questions - so cool! I know for sure that everyone I work with and teach at a design school here in Atlanta, GA uses your site as a great source for inspiration - so thank you so much for your work.

    My question: I'm a designer working to up my game as a front-end dev. For the past 6 mo I've been pretty hardcore on css/html + jquery/js. If you were to schedule the ideal year of learning/languages for someone like me, what would you recommend? I'm not sure what the path should look like to move beyond the fundamentals to functional coding.

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    • Manoela IlicManoela Ilic, almost 9 years ago

      Hi Spencer, thanks so much for your questions and your kind words!

      I'm not quite sure if I understand your question correctly, I apologize... do you mean what the best year in terms of a lifespan is to learn programming languages?

      If you are already into all the front-end setting then I'd believe that the next step is to start creating things that are more complex. I always found that when getting the hands dirty was the time I learned more. Sometimes it would get ugly and I'd do a lot of mistakes, but they are worth more than any book on the topic. I've met many people who spend years and years reading things and following how-tos but they never end up having fun in doing something because they are too scared that their foundations are not strong enough. Having a solid basis is a must of course, but I also think that solving problems even with beginner skills will help reach the next level of understanding. Hope this makes sense :) Thanks again!

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