As a kinesthetic learner, my preference when taking a course in code is to build what I’m shown, but tweak, improve, build on and document what I learn as I go along.
Returning to professional web development after a long break, I needed a refresher course in php, so I took a look at the php basics video series from codecourse:
With a series like this, where examples have a minimal front end, I like to build a suitable front-end as I go, shaping it to the needs of the project. To me this is an ideal way to build a site, but isn’t always possible in a client project. Personal projects are ideal for this kind of discipline, and it’s amazing what can come out of it.
I decided to turn my worked examples into a navigable website. I created a single-page site with the content arranged into carousel slides, using the excellent Slick. On the front end, I learned a lot: about combining flexbox with css columns, and it was fun as ever to create some unusual visual effects in css.