In honor of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for (in no particular order):

a)  delicious thanksgiving food,

b) my family (even the ones who take part in a rousing debate about Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift around the thanksgiving dinner table... you know who you are),

c) the fact that I remembered that I should write a post today,

d) and the (rare) instances when my eldest brother is useful to me. ;)

 

Luckily, this time my big bro was even helpful for YOU!

 

If you're anything like me, you have no idea what you're doing on WordPress.  Seriously.  Sometimes I can google coding questions if I'm trying to remove a border from my pictures or something and then I can bumble my way through editing the CSS on WordPress but dear lord I honestly have NO clue what I'm doing.  I know there are so many cool things you can do with CSS but how on earth do people learn it?!

 

So the other day my brother asks if I know anything about coding.  I laugh hysterically and say, "NOPE!".  Then he shows me this site called Dash.  (does this sound like a gimmick-y advertisement to you, too?  I swear it's not, I'm just legitimately excited about this haha)  Anyway, Dash is a FREE website where you are taken through 4 "projects" that teach you about HTML/CSS/Java. I have only worked on Project #1 so I can't actually vouch for the whole thing, but what I did do was so cool.

 

When you work on a project, the screen is divided into 3 sections:  top left is the lesson (kinda like a powerpoint type thing), bottom left is where you type in the coding that they teach you, and the right half of the screen SHOWS you -instantly- what your coding makes the site look like!

 

As a total n00b, these lessons are legitimately difficult and I'm learning a TON.  For someone slightly more advanced, it might start out a little slow for ya.  But I highly recommend taking a look at the site while you're laying on the couch digesting your leftover turkey sandwich today :)

 

 

Have you ever used an online site like this to teach yourself coding?  Let me know if you try Dash!