HTML, CSS, JavaScript, HUH?!

For the past couple of weeks I have decided to jump into learning how to program. I realize that as an owner of my own company, it is important to make sure that I can do many different things and wear many different hats.

I came to this conclusion because I don’t want to not be able to perform for a client and this really only adds value to LearnHaus. It all started when I began learning how to use Adobe Dreamweaver. It wasn’t the kind of software that you design web content strictly using rapid development like adding drop down menus and images. You need to know how these programming languages work in order to really be effective and also make sure everything is packaged right. You also can do more with the software than just adding templates and colors.

In conjunction with Dreamweaver I am starting out with HTML. This is actually helpful because I can apply what I am learning in HTML to how Dreamweaver operates. Cool stuff. I started to think though, how does web design and code translate to eLearning and mobile learning? What are the implications?

I now realize that because we are creating solutions in the HTML5 space (since Flash doesn’t play well with mobile) that really it’s almost all the same. Creating a slide with video in a web browser is the same as creating it in an eLearning tool like Captivate and then publishing to HTML5 in the browser. The coding is probably close and it’s both being accessed in the browser which can work with HTML5. So in reality, the opportunities to really design and create unique learning and performance solutions is endless, well sort of. I want to learn Flash too but for now I think HTML5 is where I will focus.

I have more to learn like CSS and Javascript, plus I need to figure out to remember all the different tags and and making sure everything is coded correctly. This will take time I know. I am making the commitment to code to standards! I have also been spending some time in the programming community and I finally accepted the challenge of the Hour of Code . It really did only take an hour or less. I was able to see programming in a different context, in more of a gaming perspective. I actually was coding with Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. It was simpler, but you have the opportunity to see the actual code and learn how you are creating the gaming interactions. It does challenge you to think about the interactions how you would code it.

For those who are thinking of whether learning code is beneficial to them or not, I would say even if you don’t want to be a hardcore programmer, understanding how it works is very beneficial. Knowing how your solution works on the backend is important for really creating solutions you want and what the possibilities are.

Here are some other helpful resources that I have found:

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Lynda: Web Design Courses


There is so much more to learn and I hope to share more of my journey with you. I hope that I am also a resource as well. Feel free to contact me or comment on this post and I will be more than happy to talk more about this post and LearnHaus with you. Happy learning!



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