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Steven Smith
Steven Smith
7,437 Points

What Track Should I Start With?

I'm a visual and UX designer with a bit of front end development experience (mostly limited to HTML/CSS with some light JavaScript tinkering). Core programming principles are not new, but I'm hoping to explore more depth and complexity.

I'm ready to dive in to the tracks that have been set up by Treehouse, but I'm looking for a bit more expertise re: where I should start. I have a prototype web app project I'm thinking about developing with some friends. The project (desktop and mobile web only, for now) would take existing forms with a high degree of complexity and parse them out into more manageable questions and tasks. The goal is to reduce user error or the number of applications that are rejected for missing or invalid info. The order of screens would be dictated by an overall flow but would also be unique based on user response to individual questions.

So my question is, where do I begin? If I tackled the Front End Development track, would I learn enough to execute this project as well as hosting a code repository for testing and future deployment? Am I better off tackling Rails or Python for the project I have in mind?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

2 Answers

Dan Petrie
Dan Petrie
8,228 Points

Hi Steven, I would start with web design and then look to start slowly doing some modules on the Frond End Web Development.

I only have a handful of sections left in Web Design and am about half way through Front End Web Development.

A couple of tips.

  • Do a little bit each day (don't try and build Rome in a day).
  • Check out Code Pen which shows you a combination of CSS, HTML and Javascript.
  • Engange the Treehouse community.

I have a database project linking to a front-end idea I am keen to pursue. I am a heavy user of MS Excel and am trying to marry those skills up. Take the time and enjoy the ride.

Kind regards, Dan

Sandro Das Neves
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Sandro Das Neves
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 23,426 Points

Hi Steven, I am agree with Dan and i do the same thing web design and then front end.

i think after that you have the basics to choose the best solution for your back end programming project.

Regards Sandro