Environment Part 2

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.

Environment Part 1

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:

Hello and Welcome

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.