Your 1st TLR post is due on Wednesday, September 10, so you need to choose a technology/language/platform and start learning how to use it by Wednesday, September 3 at the latest. If you do not already have a basic understanding of code, I would suggest that you start by learning HTML and CSS. There are a number of places online where you can learn code for free through tutorials. Here are a few places you might look:
HTML (HyperText Markup Language)
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
Learning (or brushing up on) basic code will provide you with a good foundation for many of the digital projects we will be interacting with and making in this course. However, you do not need to stick to learning code all semester. If you want to learn enough code to get the gist and then move on to something else, that is fine (and encouraged!). Remember, you are not expected to become an expert at any one thing. Rather, you need to start developing technical skills that will help you complete your final team projects. Once you narrow down what those projects will be, then you should be focused on learning the technologies/languages/platforms that can enable you to contribute to your team’s DH project.
Those of you who are already comfortable with basic coding might want to start with something different. DH scholar Alan Liu has created some wonderful resources–like the “DH Toychest” and “Tutorials for DH Tools and Methods“–that provide a wide range of options. I would also highly recommend checking out Omeka, a content management system for digital collections, which I think may come in handy for some of your final projects. And, if you’re feeling ambitious, you may want to take a look at Arduino, a physical computing platform.
Again, I want to emphasize that the technical skills you decide to develop are up to you. As the semester progresses, try to identify the skills that you think will be most valuable for your own interests and for your team’s final project. I am happy to talk with you about ideas regarding your technical learning at any point in the semester.