I’ve wanted to build my own e-portfolio ever since learning about the project and the amount of freedom we’re given in terms of design and overall purpose, but I knew nothing about HTML/CSS other than they’re used to spell out the general content/style of a webpage.

Codecademy provides a cute lil text editor built in with a series of exercises that take you step by step through fundamentals of whatever course you’re taking, which is super helpful when you don’t know why you’re making a mistake (in programming, every single line you type has the opportunity to mess up your program. I guess the same could be said about writing?). The prompts are also friendly, maybe a little too friendly sometimes (I think even my mistakes come with smiley faces), which again helps with morale considering how frustrating coding can be. And they give you badges! Look!

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I am finding all these discrete exercises a little weird since I’m so used to longer chunks of code all dependent on each other, but HTML is pretty much read top to bottom for content. Anyway, I think Codecademy is a pretty neat resource for anyone looking to learn not only HTML/CSS but other basic programming languages/concepts. That said, I think it’s even more helpful to have a specific project to work on to actually apply them because the exercises can seem really easy and then you realize you actually know nothing…which brings me to my e-portfolio. I’m starting with the basics and finding that even seemingly straightforward elements like navigation bars take a while to implement and customize. Building the portfolio will definitely take more work than I’d anticipated but I think it’ll all come together in the end! And an obligatory screenshot of my current homepage (ft. an awkward placeholder photo of Kilo and me):

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i think i’m more excited about the little c logo for copyright than anything¬†

Margot Kriete

Hi! My name's Margot. I study computer science, have super long arms, never skip breakfast, and will probably become a German shepherd lady (as opposed to those "cat ladies") when I grow up. I like to cook, read, run, change my mind, and write.

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  1. This seems really cool! It’s interesting to see that you’ve found your own program that has allowed you to create the kind of portfolio that you want. I am on the same page as you when it comes to realizing you don’t really know much about the interface you chose to use for your eportfolio. I thought WordPress would be easier to use than it actually is… but it is November and I am still figuring it out! I know nothing about HTML/CSS but it seems like you do. I am happy you found Codecademy… the cover page of the portfolio you create on it looks really cool.

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