My father taught me to drive when I was thirteen and his first instruction was: When on the road, try to see as far ahead as you can.
Basically, anticipate any unexpected situations so you can adjust.
I do this when I’m learning something. At times, seeing too far ahead becomes paralyzing and overwhelming, but other times, it just makes me more determined.
Front-end development is making me more determined. From April 2013 I have looked as far ahead as I can. There is so much to learn in this field, things change unexpectedly, like the time I learned the
hgroup tag and the following week I learned it was deprecated.
In my previous post, I said: learn your foundation well. Learn HTML well, then CSS. After, you can start using all the nifty tools and frameworks.
But when you face the workflow of an entire website, when you want to switch careers NOW, when you see the job postings and think “I’m not there yet”, or when you spend hours reading tutorials written by super-smart people and you see reality of how far behind you are, you have no choice but to get on the fast lane.
To do this, you have to speed up and double your focus. This means, in terms of front-end development, that you have to find the ONE resource that will get you faster to where you want to be. It might be a person, a book, a course but it has to be just ONE (for a little while at least).
Otherwise you will be swamped in information, or the equivalent of a traffic jam.
When Zoe Rooney launched her WordPress Theme Development course (currently in Beta). I jumped at the opportunity. She’s not only teaching Theme development, but she’s explaining the workflow behind it. This is so worth it because no other course teaches you the bulk of a web project. Other courses will teach you a bit of this and that but when you’re ready to tackle a project you have no idea how to bring everything together and you wind up parked in StackOverflow for months.
Zoe’s course seems to me like the fast lane: getting started with Git, Gulp and Sass, in a very simple way but within a clear context by building a starter theme for WordPress. The course doesn’t make you an expert but it does get you up and running.
Having said this, this isn’t a beginners course. She will probably specify this when she launches to the public in the near future.
If you can take it, I truly recommend it.