A Product Manager Learns to Code: Week 1

Holy hell. Nothing like a coding course to make one feel absolutely inadequate in every way!  I'm in the Beginners Front-end Web Development Grow with Google course, and I'm already struggling, but in the best of ways.

Here are accomplishments and reflections from Week 1 of the Grow with Google Scholarship Program.


Accomplishments for Week 1: 

  1. I downloaded a text editor. Udacity called this "setting up your environment" so that's what I'm calling it because it sounds more baller.
  2. I learned basic HTML syntax and learned about trees. I knew a lot of this stuff, but it's been years since I've used it, and since then, it appears that HTML 5 has come out.
  3. I turned a mock into a website, which, albeit very, very, very simple, was extremely satisfying.


  1. Holy hell, I have even more respect for my engineering teams than I did before, if that's even possible.
  2. I now think about what my WYSIWYG editor is doing behind the scenes when I update this blog.
  3. Half of software development is looking sh*t up. I knew this before, but I am definitely working on my patience having to read through forums and online resources. This is good for me. 
  4. Trial and error is a legit problem solving strategy in writing code.
  5. "Copy, paste and tweak" is also a legit problem solving strategy in writing code.