|I started reading Hacker News about two years ago (freshman year in college), and I was instantly motivated to start coding. I decided to major in EE, and I've done well in my C/C++ programming classes. I also picked up Python and R for some work on personal projects.|
However, almost all of my coding has been limited to the command line. Although its been fun, I've been interested in designing a web-app for a while. Some of the posts on Hacker News make the process sound so easy, so I finally built up the motivation to start.
I decided to use Python as a backend, since I know that language best. I chose Flask as my web framework because it's supposed to be one of the simplest frameworks for Python. Unfortunately, I'm struggling to understand proper file structure and basic features such as blueprints, forms, models, and controllers. Most Flask tutorials go over these terms too quickly for me to properly understand them.
I wanted to manage users on the web-app, so I needed a database. I picked SQLite. Just like with the frameworks, I had to pick a solution without even understanding what the solution was doing. Fortunately, SQLite and databases haven’t been as difficult to pick up as Flask.
To control my web-app’s appearance, I picked up HTML and CSS. The tutorials on w3schools were nice, but I couldn't imagine building an entire app manually. And then I came across Bootstrap! It's an extremely helpful framework, but again, it's another tool I've had to learn.
Learning these tools individually is tough. Making them work together is even tougher. The posts on Hacker News make the web development process seem so easy. Was everyone's first experience this rough?