I started NoviceNotes.Net in 2006. It was bourne out of my own collection of real notes I had been keeping, as I had roughly a year of hand-coding XHTML and CSS under my belt, and was only beginning to understand PHP enough to build simple Web Applications, including server-side communication between PHP and MySQL.
Wishing not to simply see results in action; to pat myself on the back for having accomplished some successful implementation of another programmer's code, I decided that I would do my best to truly learn the language.
In retrospect, I am still amazed by my own apparent self-discipline to take no short-cuts; to apply good study habits to that endeavor, remain focused, and actually assimilate the knowledge I was consuming so rapidly.
I believe the primary key to what success i've had in my self-education is my steadfast practice of keeping a log of anything and everything which even resembles important key terms, and definitely all language constructs, inherent functions, operators, good and bad habits-- in general, any recommended techniques I might have came across while reading and learning mostly from the Manual at php.net. I continue the practice to this day, albeit I've got a lot of notes which I've probably:
Too many notes, and any wasted space, IMHO, is a tradeoff I can accept for the benefit of a better understanding.
The resource had remained, if not completely private, at least off-the-radar, as I made no attempt at recognition in the search engines, and even used a Robots.txt file to persuade spider bots not to index that WordPress? directory.
It wasn't long until I considered making it a public resource. I had amassed a reasonable log of useful Notes, I thought to myself:
if I can read this log of notes, not necessarily even recall writing them in some instances (where programming; knowledge of any given aspect of some language may have grown rapidly, and my journaling-- though focused at the moment of record-- was also most likely in haste, and likely going too fast for my own assimilation), and I can still glean from it the main concepts I initially wanted to retain, then perhaps another user like myself might also find it to be a useful resource
If was going to publish something for public consumption, I wanted it to have a catchy name. I decided on NoviceNotes.Net for the alliteration mneumonics, transferred the WordPress? database to a new account, and the rest is history. Since then, I've continued my habitual journaling about my current topics of interest: sometimes focused too much on software review/ commentary, and not enough on source-code, but again-- this is a point of reference from which I can step back and recognize the deficiencies I might otherwise never realize.
And that's that. I think I have a fair grasp on this wiki markup now! woo hoo!
Cheers! I'm proud to be a member of the OperaWiki?!