To give your coding journey a smooth start, you need to pick one programming language to learn and practice. At least for the beginning. But picking one language from a sea of options is far from easy. We’ll dive into why you should consider HTML.
At Mimo, we recommend starting with HTML over everything else. There are many reasons for that. But to keep things short and sweet, let’s explore the top three.
HTML is hands down the easiest language to start with. There are three reasons for that. HTML has a low barrier to entry, provides instant feedback, and is easy to share. Let’s expand on each.
Most programming languages are hard to set up and harder yet to learn. For instance, Python is notorious for its complex setup. With HTML, however, you can start coding with just the default text editor and browser on your computer. While that might not be the best way to go, it still works. Plus, with its simple syntax and easy concepts, HTML is the easiest and swiftest introduction to the world of programming.
What makes HTML even better for beginners is the instant feedback. As soon as you make changes, you can see them reflected in the browser by hitting the refresh button. Compare that to the painful compilation and installation approach of most languages, and you’ll see why we love web development. Plus, it’s a lot faster to create presentable results with HTML than most languages. The instant feedback loop and quick results will help you stay motivated throughout your coding journey.
Last but not least is the shareability of HTML. What happens when you want to show off your creation to your friends? With Swift and other programming languages like it, you have to compile your code and then manually install the app on everyone’s phone. That takes a lot of time and effort. But with HTML, you just upload the file to a server and your creation becomes instantly accessible for the entire world.
HTML is not just for developers. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or work a 9-to-5, knowing just a little bit of HTML can do wonders for you.
For instance, let’s say you manage the email newsletter for your company. While there’s a lot you can do to improve your emails, creating a consistent layout with a template is an easy way to take things up a notch. A little HTML know-how is all it takes.
Or let’s say you want to create a website for your business or a resume for yourself. There are many platforms that let you do that. But have you noticed how most websites look all the same? That’s because most websites use a pre-built theme shared by thousands of users. With your newly acquired skills, you can add a touch of personality and uniqueness by getting under the hood and customizing the theme.
In short, there are many benefits of learning HTML, even if you don’t plan on a career in development.
Also, learning HTML will give you a solid understanding of the internet and how it works. That’s because it’s the foundation of every website out there. From the text to the tables to the buttons, everything you see on a webpage is made with HTML.
To see this in action, you can visit your favorite website and see the source code using the developer tools in your browser. As soon as you click it, your screen will be filled with HTML blocks that are powering your favorite website. By learning HTML, you’ll know how to make sense of that source code and learn some new tricks in the process.
Having a better understanding of the internet will help you become a far better developer in time. If you’re looking for an HTML glossary check out our dedicated HMTL glossary page.
HTML is not just a good but a great way to start your coding journey. It helps you get going quickly, stay motivated longer, pick up other languages easily, and get a solid understanding of the internet. Not to mention the many ways it can help you push your career forward.
That’s why Mimo starts an absolute beginner’s journey into development with HTML. With bite-size lessons and real-life projects, Mimo can help you learn fast and have fun at the same time. If you want to experience the difference, give Mimo a try.
Many beginners make the mistake of starting with a complex programming language and then giving up before even writing their first line of code. Now you know how to prevent that.
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