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General Discussion

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

What's your main reason for joining Treehouse?

The reason why I joined this awesome website is because I want to learn to code and design websites and then start a freelance business. Why did you join Treehouse? :)

15 Answers

I'm the Co-Founder, so I guess I don't count ;)

Thanks for asking this - look forward to the answers!

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

Haha, I guess you don't :D But then here's a different question for you: do you use treehouse for learning anything yourself?

I wanted to do something with my life that save people some time thus they can spare more time on friends and family. So I came up up with UIcave.com (no more searching inspiration from blogs etc)

I really enjoy the community and studying here is made like a game

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

Whoa, sweet website! Definitely going back for inspiration :)

Good question!

The reason I joined is to learn to become a Web Developer. Not being too great at the whole design side and just love to code. Hoping to meet a designer on here and we could work together.

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

Best of luck! I'm sure there are plenty of good designers here. I love Alison Grayce's style though (http://www.allisongrayce.com/)

@justinas vaiciulis Thanks. Good site too!

A couple of years ago I volunteered for a project at work, mostly because no one showed any initiative to get the ball rolling. During the life of the project, I learned a bit of HTML and CSS and then designed and implemented a simple reporting web page. It was a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience, and I wanted to do more. I joined Treehouse to learn more about front and back end development, with the hopes of moving out of my current position and moving into development, or doing some web development on the side while maintaining my current role. A side benefit will be that if my kids ever become interested in web design or web programming I'll be able to help them learn.

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

Great story, thanks a lot for sharing! Keep up the good work and I'm sure you'll get into web development. I think there are plenty of opportunities waiting :)

Jackie Keiser
Jackie Keiser
9,833 Points

I've been working as a front end web developer for 2 years now but my work only centers around HTML, CSS, and jQuery. I want to learn about more things, get better at Javascript, and eventually learn how to build mobile apps.

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

Do you want to start a business with mobile apps or perhaps do that for a living?

1) Love: I love programming and I love businesses. TTS is targeting exactly the 2 things I love the most :) Plus I hope to get better at both here :)

2) Belong: I also joinned to try to belong to a serious community of designers, developers and businessmen.

3) Team: I hope that in the proccess I can meet new people and try to gather a nice team for future web and business projects :)

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

Agreed, fantastic community here. I've noticed you're a second person who wants to meet people to work together on something. Do you know if there's a separate section in this forum for such purpose?

I'm not sure. I'm new to treehouse and I'm not that much of a forum guy. If TTS isn't against it I think it would be great to have a forum section for people to know each other professionally and group up as a team. I think it's good to know a bit of everything but it isn't good to try to do it all by ourselves. For example, I know how to code HTML and CSS but I am clearly not a designer... I love everything that is server side but sometimes I feel I am still not good enough and maybe with other people that also love PHP and mySQL my work would be a lot faster and enjoyable. Of course that the most difficult task in the world is ALWAYS: Getting the right people.

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
28,743 Points

I've been familiar with basic HTML and CSS coding for quite a long time. I still remember compiling my designs into the old "table layout method" I guess you could call it. Then there was the time period when customizing MySpace profiles was the all the rage for bands and what not. But I decided to come to Treehouse to really solidify my knowledge base and skill set in web business and technologies. I had been juggling with many other career path ideas over the years never really happy with any path I seemed to be going down. But now I'm on the path of web and graphic designing and I couldn't be happier, and thanks to Treehouse the more I learn the more excited and sure I get about it!

Justinas Vaiciulis
Justinas Vaiciulis
6,944 Points

I guess most of the people who are familiar with html / css for 4-5 or more are familiar with the table layout design method. I've actually seen one website made with the same html tables method quite recently. Horrible!

Sweet, I see you went through quite a lot of lessons. Do you have a portfolio?

Awesome feedback everyone - thank you!

For me I had been designing in Photoshop on an off for years then i signed up to another website to learn code (learnable) used it for a couple of months and came across Team Treehouse decided to give it a try with the free months membership and I found the quality of the videos, content just about everything was so much better. Except when i get a 20min long video on CSS my concentration starts to wander onto other things >.<

Ryan Carson Maybe its just my monitor i haven't checked on the mac yet but the text on this site just seems that bit harder to read as it is close to the background color. Ill have to check as if its my monitor maybe its time for a new one.

Lol there are some CSS videos that could be reduced to like 50% of their current length. A very simple example is when they are talking about stuff like: " there is this property: border: 20px; now let's see in the browser. As you can see blabla" then: "now let's see the border-top: 20px; now let''s see in the browser, blabla" then: same thing for right, bottom and left. Then repeat the exact samething for margin and padding. It might not seem that long but when someone is eager to learn more this stuff really slows me down and makes me sleepy :P

Thanks for the heads up! Tagging Tyson Rosage

Thanks for asking!

I'm completely new to this but I've got a dozen of mobile app ideas which I couldn't find on app stores. I remembered Paul Graham's approach to starting a business: If you need something but can't find it - create it yourself. Then try to offer it to other people who might be interested. There are probably a bunch of people like you looking for a similar solution which is not there yet.

The problem is, I'm not from a tech background and have absolutely no idea of programming while most people here seem to already have some experience. Hopefully I'm in the right place for total beginners.

Rashii Henry
Rashii Henry
16,433 Points

hmm, im actually surprised no one put my answer yet..

I have an eye for success and as soon as i saw the treehouse ad on a Youtube video, I knew it was the answers to my prayers. I actually don't enjoy being in college simply because learning the same material i learned in high school. Its too repetitive for me. With my creativity I needed something to help expand it. I always have new ideas. I wanted something new, something different and i knew i wasn't going to change the world going the same path as everyone else. So i chose a different way of approaching education, i mean wouldn't you say having a degree almost overrated these days? having a degree doesn't separate you from the pack, but having a portfolio full of personal projects does. I wanted separate myself, therefore i chose treehouse.

Double post :P I absolutely feel the same way. But it's not an easy path the one that separates someone from the pack.

Rashii Henry
Rashii Henry
16,433 Points

thats where your creativity and imagination comes in. No two people on this Earth think exactly alike. Therefore, you have to rely on the creativity of your imagination to speak volumes. i mean of course it's not easy if you teach yourself think so. the quote "Great minds think alike" is misconceiving to me because everyone who thinks alike is.. considered.. normal. So i feel like it should be more like "Great minds think differently." haha idk. I'm just talking.

My story might be a little different... I run a startup web design agency (after working for an agency myself for a number of years) where I'm focused on giving young people the opportunity to get a foot on the ladder in the industry. I'm looking for a good starting point for people who join us to start to learn all things design/web/development and treehouse looks like the perfect solution. My aim is to sign everyone up to get beginners working on real-world projects as soon as possible. For now I'm going to run through each course to see how things work, and hopefully pick up a few things myself. No one ever know's everything!

Primarily PHP/MySQL developer even though I've been coding HTML since 2000 and CSS since 2006. However, over the last few years my skill has dropped do to other team members doing front-end and me using Bootstrap/jQuery on personal projects.

I recently got a new job that's more 'hands-on' with CSS and JavaScript, so I need to go back to basics and get caught up. (They use prototype which is an additional challenge because all the tutorials out there are dated and hard to find). I also need learn parts of PHP I've been avoiding (arrays, OOP).

When comparing 'learning sites', because of high amounts of new and updated content, Treehouse felt like the better choice.

I joined back when it was Think Vitamin to learn -- of all things -- how to code HTML emails... talk about 2 steps backwards. I was already doing a good amount of web work (both design and front end dev -- all on Expression Engine) and needed to help a client get some custom emails in to MailChimp. I also wanted to get a better foundation around how Responsive design works.

Now I work on the design team. It's amazing!

I joined because i love to learn about technology. I have always had an interest in web development and design and now Treehouse allows me the opportunity to do this whenever i want. The videos are great and the instructors are amazing.

My second reason for joining Treehouse is to find a more satisfying career. And i believe with this forum and the community here it makes it so much easier to learn new concepts.

Finally, just wanted to say thank you to Treehouse and all the great people here in the forum helping out. I am looking forward to whats in store for the future and all the great features that will be added.

Garrett