Over the past few weeks I have taught a second class, concentrating solely this time on learning the Python programming language. The advantage of this is being able to practice each concept in depth before moving onto the next construct. The disadvantage, naturally, was the lack of visual interest – thinking a logic problem through while looking at code is not as enticing for some as writing markup. Web design and graphics have an appeal which “for” loops can’t compete against, and it is pointless to try.
The secret to selling it lies in the power of coding. Markup such as HTML and CSS can make a site look amazing, and gives instant feedback on your learning – “Look what I created today”. But looking beyond that, what does the page actually do? What extra functionality is there on the page that someone who knew their way around Photoshop (or GIMP, my app of choice) couldn’t have reproduced?