I code primarily on a Dell Latitude D620 running Windows 7. It has 3GB of RAM, a Core 2 Duo CPU running at 1.66GHz (which also runs extremely hot), and a 250GB hard drive. I like to have it sitting in it’s dock with another monitor attached, but usually I just use it by itself.
Do I wish for a sleek, amazing Macbook Pro? Of course. In fact, I would go so far as to say I yearn for a Mac. But this laptop gets the job done.
I can wish all day for a new laptop (and I usually do), but that doesn’t change the fact that this laptop still works. A piece of advice that I can offer when trying to learn how to code is do so in the environment that you are currently in. Using a 486 computer that’s fifteen years old running Windows 3.1 with a monitor running 640×480? Go for it! One of the best ways to learn code is simply to write it! Amazing, right? Daily writing some form of code can be a challenge but it’s the best way to learn.
I’m organizing some more links to share to continue on with this “learning” theme. I’ll get that posted soon.
Nine minutes have gone by since my last post and I’m ready to post another entry – so far this is going well.
Sublime Text is currently my coding environment. I used to use Notepad++ but Sublime won me over due to its fantastic themes, a great looking coding window, and also this post from Nettuts+.
Sublime is free to use (but prompts you to purchase a license after some use) and does not have the “clunky” feel like Notepad++. Sublime feels like I went from Windows 95 to Windows 7. It has a great snippets manager (as does Notepad++) but there’s something to be said about the aesthetic of the software you use daily: it needs to look decent.
Here’s a screenshot of my coding window:
It seems to me like the very first post should always be some kind of greeting.
Hi, how are you? I hope you are doing well.
Since we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me tell you a little bit about me. I am currently a Desktop Support Technician that also does some Web Development work but I’ve caught the coding bug and Web Development is all I want to do.
This site will be a blog about my learning of coding, web standards, typography, and probably some random posts here and there.