Code dependent

by Jennifer on April 19, 2009

You might remember that I mentioned the website I’m creating for our new business venture. It’s taken me about a million ten times longer than it might take a professional web designer, but most of the kinks are gone now, along with a good number of my brain cells.

It’s fair to say I won’t be curing cancer anytime soon.

If you’d asked me what language I wanted to learn, I’d have said Italian. Not CSS. Or HTML. And I’m far from fluent. In fact, if there was an actual country where they spoke CSS, I couldn’t do much more than order a margarita and ask directions to the bathroom. (And really, who needs much more than that on vacation?)

Still, in the last couple of weeks, I’ve come a long way, baby.

This morning at Starbucks, Mr. H asked how he could access the WordPress dashboard for the site, in case he wanted to add information or edit anything.

You want to what? My stream of thought: Oh my god, he’s going to totally f*ck up all my work.

I suppressed my panic well enough to choke out, “I’ll show you how, but promise me you’ll use the visual editor and stay out of the code editor.” I gave him my I mean business look. Which has little or no effect, I should probably admit.

Mr. H: “Hey, which one of us has been writing in code for years?”

Yes, he’s almost 20 years older than I am, but he claims computer knowledge for which I have no real proof, and yet he expects me to trust him on this?

Me: “Uh, you do know we’re not talking about Morse code, right?”

. .  /  .–  . .  -.  .-.-.-

Yeah, that’s Morse code for I win.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

flutter April 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm

it’s the small things, really


jenrantsraves April 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I loved this post, and I really loved his comment! HA!


Jenn @ Juggling LIfe April 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm

You’re a brave woman with a funny husband.


Indigo April 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm

This past weekend I learned more than I ever want to know about computers. Paul brought a new one – the kicker was the tech he took it to didn’t do half the work he was suppose to. SO…yeah…I decided other than shell out any more money to someone else I would give it a go. Two days later I finally have everything transfered over from the old to the new…I can tell you which size font works best with a certain size screen the works. I think at one point I literally had everything upside down. I had to turn the mouse backwards and tilt my head sideways for about 10 min. to figure out what I did wrong.
So yeah, I’m feeling you on “DON’T Touch that button” mode. If I have to look at anything with a code right now I’ll scream. (Hugs)Indigo


Gwen April 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm


CSS? I’m impressed.


V-Grrrl April 20, 2009 at 4:00 am

Now that you’re done, you have time to write your book: Code Dependent No More


jessica April 20, 2009 at 8:41 am

about a year and a half ago, i cried my eyes b/c I was terrified that I would never get this stuff and literally felt paralyzed that I would never work again. Who’da thunk, I could be where I am now. Like you, i am hardly fluent but my God, what a difference a year makes.


Daryl April 20, 2009 at 9:05 am

Next try ASKII …

Loved Mr H’s comment .. he and Husband would get along well … smartasses both of them


the mama bird diaries April 20, 2009 at 9:17 am

I want to learn Italian too!! And I am also HTML challenged.


Madge April 20, 2009 at 11:47 am

i don’t even know you anymore.


ByJane April 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm

But ain’t it grand to know you can talk the talk. I felt the same way learning CSS for Wordpress that I felt learning lit crit babble for my PhD. Arcane language only spoken by Those In The Know (because who else would want to).


phd in yogurtry April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Yahoo for you and your husband — I’m impressed with your newfound knowledge!


Ree April 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm

The title really does say it all!


natalie April 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

i know nothing about coding. absolutely nothing. so far i’m ok with that. if i ever need it in the future i’ll be sure to call you. or buy the book coding for dummies.


Stacie April 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm

The United States military(civilian job) tried to turn me into and electronics engineer after I graduated with BSE. I ran from the base screaming!!!!


Green Girl April 21, 2009 at 11:27 am

Brava. I cringe at all of it.


JCK April 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Your husband is very funny. And good at code. Apparently.


Last Coder June 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

FYI- Italian its a language , you got it correct.
But CSS and HTML are far away from being a PROGRAMMING language. but extremely closed to a markup language. if a tag based scripting language can’t understand conditionals , loops and arrays etc. than its fair to say , CSS AND HTML ARE NOT A PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.



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