As a web designer, coding is an important part of what I do. Recently, there has been some discussion in the design community about whether or not designers should know how to code. I'm not going to get into that debate in this article. Suffice it to say that I do my work both in Photoshop and Coda, and actually do all my own coding by hand. For me, learning how to do it has been a long and interesting process that has spanned several years. I thought that it might be interesting to actually map the course of that journey, so that's what this particular article is going to be all about. Novices and beginners might be able to learn a thing or two from my mistakes. And as for you more experienced readers, hopefully you will be at least entertained or be able to relate to some of what I'm talking about.