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Coding: The Manual Labor of Digital Learning

When I was in high school, my family didn't have a home computer. It was the late 1990s, and our lack of an at-home desktop wasn't atypical. However, I had one advantage my friends didn't -- my mom was a librarian at our tiny town's tiny library. That meant I got access to the library's computer after hours, and I took regular advantage of the opportunity. More often than not, I would spend weekday evenings working on various personal webpages. The one I remember most was a fan page for the Iowa Barnstormers, an arena football team and my favorite pro sports team as a kid. Of course, I didn't have much in the way of content back then -- the challenge (and the fun) was in building and designing the sites.  At the time, the popular website creation platforms were Angelfire and Geocities. I used both at various points, but I quickly felt restrained by their suites of tools, images, and templates. Thus, I quickly decided I needed to supplement the easy stuff with …