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Yes, start with HTML
But instead of focusing on what the house looks like and how you'll decorate, you say screw that.
Then jump ahead and start learning how to:
- Automatically turn on the lights when you walk into a room.
- Flip the air-conditioner off when you leave the house.
- And play music when you clap twice.
It's not that you can't do all of this.
You can do anything.
But if you want to learn coding like a pro, the order in which you do things matters a lot in gaining mastery.
HTML is like finding a home
A lot of planning goes into what the home should look like.
Should it have two bedrooms? One for you and your partner while the other is for kids? Maybe you want the master bedroom to be really huge that way you don't have to go with a 3-bedroom home.
Or should it be a tiny studio in the middle of a big city?
Perhaps you'd rather have roommates with separate bathrooms instead of one shared bathroom.
HTML is the basics. And you need the basics in place. Trust me.
CSS is like decorating it
Okay, I have a place to lay my head.
But where should I put my bed?
At the center of the room or in the corner? What about my shoes, the color of my bed sheets, my diploma from college?
With CSS, you care about how things look and are arranged.
You can decorate your home once and leave it that way.
That's right – you can build websites with only HTML and CSS. And leave it as-is.
But that's boring.
But don't worry about that for now.
So what order should you follow?
Here's what you should do:
- First, learn HTML.
- Next, learn CSS.
Where should you go to learn these?
Remember, you can learn them in any order you want.
But don't waste your time jumping around blindly.
Thanks for reading
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