October 2015 Introduction

HTML/CSS – Sudoku

It’s October of 2015 which means it’s time to start up a new learning adventure! This month, my Main Quest is HTML/CSS, and my Side Quest is to practice Sudoku until I can beat five star difficulty puzzles, which is the hardest level that is readily available. I also have one weekend project planned, but I’ll wait until it’s ready before I talk about it.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I want to point out that I’m not entirely new to HTML/CSS. In fact, when I was 13 I started building websites with tools such as Geocities, Angelfire, and eventually Tripod. I had a lot of fun and in high school I started learning HTML. Back then, LiveJournal was popular and you could customize your theme with HTML and CSS so I had learned a little bit of that to be able to have a cool theme. I also built a few websites here and there that weren’t anything interesting. Then, at some point, I lost interest and didn’t really focus on it. Jump ahead to college and I end up working a job in internet marketing, and all of that sort of comes back to me because I need to make minor edits to HTML and CSS on a regular basis. The thing is, I never REALLY got into Web Design, and though I know HTML and CSS on a fairly basic level, I don’t know much about best practices or advanced CSS. So, I’d like to take a month, the month of October, to focus on learning more advanced HTML/CSS.

I’ve found that Treehouse (click here for a 50% discount code) has excellent tutorials and so I’ve signed up with their platform to take their 40+ hour Web Design course. In a nutshell, Treehouse hosts a lot of tutorials for programming in various languages, as well as some recorded design and programming conferences, and their students get lots of discounts with other useful online services. Their tutorials are good for all learning styles, because they touch on visual learning, auditory learning, and kinesthetic learning throughout each tutorial series. I’ll be completing the entire Web Design course this month, and I have a strong suspicion that I’ll be back on Treehouse in a future month, learning something different.

As for my side quest, I’ve actually been doing Sudoku off and on since senior year of high school. When I was a senior, I had an English class where pretty much all we did was read a book, out loud in class, and then filled out a packet of questions to make sure we comprehended the books. I’m an avid reader, and classes were about an hour and a half long, so I was able to finish these books generally in a week, which took the whole class reading out loud a month or more to finish. In just one or two week’s worth of classes, I would have the book finished and packet filled out, with nothing to do. Sometimes I skipped class and went to IHOP and the beach with my girlfriend at the time, which I’m not even sorry about because I got an A, but for the times that I did show up to class, I brought in Sudoku puzzles to pass the time. I never really got past the three star difficulty, either because I wasn’t good enough or just because I wasn’t confident enough. I happened to recently pick up a Sudoku puzzle book with puzzles ranging from one star to five stars, so I’ve decided to tackle this book. It has 103 puzzles, and I’m going to finish them all this month, without cheating of course.

Alright, well, it’s time for me to get started. First, I want to show you that I have a referral link where you can get 50% off your first month of Treehouse, and I don’t make any money off of that! But I do get a discount on my next month, so I can’t say I’m not benefiting. It’s normally $25 per month, but you can hop in for $12.50 and see if you like it.

Let’s get to learning!

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