All these missed shots formed sediments of proof that I quite obviously was not capable of learning JS. Really not optimal, when combined with that particular buzz of gatekeeping that makes sure nobody ever confuses CSS with a programming language, ranks anything visual design as beneath their full stack, and eagerly perpetuates a specific image of what a programmer looks like. Like Norwegian mosquitoes, there may be no real danger and lots of people are not bothered by them. But if you come unprepared, and are prone to reacting to bites, then we are not talking ideal conditions.
What happened…?! Different stuff happened, but most of all the Vanilla JS Academy. 🎉
Learning resources for JS exist in abundance, but none (of the many I tried) ever did the trick for me. I hadn’t managed to unlock JavaScipt before attending the academy. Chris Ferdinandi has created a training program that helped me slay my JS demons — and rack up necessary confidence and wins to keep going. This shit is hard, and my brain responded really well to the structured learning path. You can tell Chris puts a lot of effort into creating videos and projects that truly teach. Being in a group of people from around the world, attending together in the same class for 10 weeks, was a source of motivation. The pace and level was perfect for me, but even though everyone’s milage will definitely vary, the content is flexible enough for attendees to adapt speed and intensity to their preference.
I am only just getting started. Some sort of innocent white belt. But it really does feel like, finally after all these years, I found JavaScipt. Or as a friend put it, when I was raving about surprising fun and progress:
Lost count != true. I know exactly how many fresh this-is-it starts, but that number is embarrassing. Let’s share it anyway: