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Ismail Musharaf – Taking a Chance on Learning HTML and CSS

Dive: Coder - HTML/CSS
Description: Knows how to code using HTML/CSS
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Can code in HTML/CSS at a basic level
Certified On: Dec 13, 2021

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Ismail Musharaf

Name: Ismail Musharaf Break Diving Level: Recruit Number of Certified Dives: 2 From: India In: India

1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?

I started 6 months ago. I was really frustrated that I didn’t have anything to do with what I’ve learnt. At that time, I was learning and practising Algorithms and Mathematics and was especially interested in Machine Learning and Data Science. But, even after a long time, I couldn’t figure out something meaningful to do with these technologies. So, I got frustrated and thought, “Why don’t I take some time off from these and learn something new for 3 or 4 months?” and I decided to learn front-end development.

2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?

HTML and JavaScript were very easy for me and CSS was a monster. It’s not like you will not understand CSS. But, it takes so much practice to be comfortable with it. You need to have real experience with it by doing some CSS focused projects. I took some time to understand and use CSS properly, but it’s worth it.

3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

The hardest part was practising these skills. You need to do a lot of practice to gain knowledge of CSS. So at first, I started to create some designs by myself and coding them. But, it was getting tough to come up with a design concept. So, I started to do the challenges from Frontendmentor.io. On this website, they provide you a design and you need to code it. I’m very grateful to “Kevin Powell” for sharing the information of this site with me. Kevin Powell is a YouTuber and I found the details of this coding challenge websites from his video.

4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

The learning part was very easy. There are a lot of resources and tutorials out there to learn from. Nowadays, it’s very easy to find good and free front-end learning material.

5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?

Don’t wait to finish your semester or a particular course to create something. For example, if you learnt about grid today, try to create an art gallery project using grid. This way you will not forget it easily. This kind of learning strategy will help you to build your muscle memory on what you’ve learned.

6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.

To learn HTML and CSS, there are lot of websites and YouTube tutorials and a lot of other articles out there. But the most important question is, who will help you when you’re stuck, when you have a doubt or a question? My advice is to go to Stackoverflow.com.

For learning HTML and CSS, Covalence.io is a great online bootcamp platform. It’s paid.

Scrimba.com is also a good platform. They have free and paid courses.

To learn the basics, you don’t need to take paid courses. For practising, Frontendmentor.io is a great place. They also have a community and they’re very helpful.

Resource 1: Break Diving - Come join this wonderful community!

Resource 2: Stack Overflow - All coders end up here eventually. So become familiar.

Resource 3: Covalence - A full-stack JS bootcamp.

Resource 4: Scrimba - A unique bootcamp / school.

Resource 5: Front-end Mentor -

7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).

I had an exciting experience when I started to pursue this dive. The manager of my development team gave me some front-end work. I needed to create a dashboard page with 2 views, a summary page, and a details page.

When I saw the design, I was frightened. It was a tough job and I didn’t have much experience and it was heavy for me. But I thought, this could be a learning experience for me and God gave me that work at the right time. So, I started to build it step by step. I Googled my doubts and most of the questions were already answered on StackOverflow.

I finished the work before the deadline and my manager was very happy. There was some JavaScript functionalities to be added, even though he didn’t assign me to work on that, I completed it also. That’s also one of the reasons I believe “I can do this”.

8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?

I submitted my Coursera certificate for my HTML, CSS and JavaScript programming Course and Assignments.

9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?

Yes, I will. I believe this dive motivates me to keep up with the practice and improve my skills.

10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?

No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets.

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And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Ismail Musharaf is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Coder - HTML/CSS - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Certificate number: 87

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