When I say coding is ‘overwhelming’, I’m aware that this description is not very specific. There are so many things about coding that are overwhelming, and not just the ‘language barrier.’ I’m in brand new territory, filled with all kinds of new entities, new programs, new means of navigating around the screen, new means of breaking my computer without meaning to…
Here’s a sampling of some of the new programs I’ve needed to download/learn since I’ve started coding:
- The Terminal — allows for navigating around your computer’s file structure and creating/modifying files using only keystrokes. Has its own language, with commands similar to the MS Dos commands I used growing up.
- VIM — a pre-mouse text editor program. Has its own interface.
- Sublime Text — a text editor program, probably the one used most in the coding world.
- FileZilla — app that allows you to connect to both a local and remote repository in order to upload files to your website.
- GitHub — website that allows multiple people to work on a project at once and take it in different directions.
- GitHub app — helps users manage and upload local changes to GitHub website.
- Go Daddy’s phpMyAdmin — SQL database manager that lets you view, create, and edit data structures on the back end of your website
- Stackoverflow.com — The wiki-answers of the coding world! Any question you’ve ever asked has already been asked and tackled on stackoverflow.com.
Looking at this list, you’d think my Number One problem would be not knowing how to use these applications. And yes, that is definitely an issue.
But it’s really irrelevant because I can’t even remember my password for half of these! Every one wants a different number of characters, a different number of capital letters, no letters at all. … Yeah. I am so screwed.