Learning Web Development
This post is actually in response to the book meme passed on to me by Nathan at SonSpring. As it turns out, I'm not much of a fiction reader; pushed aside by an almost obsessive desire to read every blog post out there. Blogs, however, are the embodiment of why I got into web development.
Learn by Example
Back in 1995 when I first started to learn HTML, I'd learn by example. Scouring the web for examples or clicking View Source on that site that had a really neat trick. Newsgroups (alt.html anyone?) were the blogs of their time with people offering their own expertise to help others. Some imparted their knowledge with a little more tact than others.
I would take those examples and piece together something until it worked. And so I would move on to the next trick. Each one building on top of what I learned before.
While the technologies have changed, my techniques for learning haven't. I still look for online examples and experts imparting their wisdom. Experts these days have blogs and I invariably find what I'm looking for there.
It's all Free
I often find myself in the book store staring at all that knowledge sitting there. But every time I flip to see the price tag on them, I'm flabbergasted. $40, $50, or even $80 for a book is a good chunk of change. So I leave that book on the shelf and return home to browse the web.
Blogs, as it turns out, are like mini-chapters in a book. They're written by authors all around the world, each hoping to make life easier for someone else by sharing what they've learned. They share because they can. They share because they want to.
It's been for that reason that I run my own blog: to share what I know with others. For free.