Well, a year and several sets of chewed nails, 2am finishes and crises of confidence later I am finally ready to launch the website for my own web development company. It’s the first website I wrote entirely in Sublime 2 (a code writing application) instead of using Dreamweaver, the well-known WYSIWYG web design application and my right hand tool for the few years I’ve been designing websites for family and friends. And I’ve recently discovered I love to code.
Nothing too strange about that you might think, but I’m not a teenage geek, raised with code on my school curriculum. I’m not a whizz kid computer science student just starting out on my career. I’m a fifty-something mum and grandma, and until a few years ago I made my career as an Arts Consultant and Manager, running festivals and events, advising Arts Organisations and DJing & dancing salsa. In fact I think I might be the least likely coder on the block!
I’m starting to see that the code I’m writing has it’s own pattern and contour. Not only can I see the website taking shape through the code, but the code is creative in
itself. I love the way that it is organised on the page, indented and spaced so that it forms a rhythm that changes and moves as it develops. It’s almost like writing a song sometimes – like crafting the verses and the choruses and the breaks. And when I look at the overview pane of Sublime, with the characters so small that all you can see are the blocks of code and the spaces and indentations, I love the seeing the unique shape and flow of the code – like an abstract print.
Maybe it’s too many late nights…or maybe I’m seeing beauty and creativity in code because I couldn’t spend my life doing something that is so removed from my earlier passions of art and culture. But I don’t think so – I think that code does have it’s own aesthetic. I think I can ‘draw’ a website using it rather than just ‘code’ that website. And with that realisation comes a new passion. I find that when I sit at my computer to write the world disappears and I’m absorbed completely by what is taking shape on my screen.
I love writing code!