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Here are some articles, videos and books that got my attention recently.

This year, I’ve decided to read at least 24 books, which comes down to 2 books a month. (See my progress so far) As the majority of us, I don’t have much free time on my hands. I’ve made 2 decisions that allow me to reach…

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Quick intro to #100DaysOfCode

It’s a challenge and a community that has grown around it over the last couple of years. Thousands of people have taken the challenge and improved their coding skills.

The problem it solves is: when people start learning to code, it’s very difficult to commit to a consistent course of action and code every day. Often the efforts, despite their best intentions, are sporadic. It’s very dangerous in the beginning of their learning journey, because if they take a long break they might quit and never come back to learning.

#100DaysOfCode is a challenge that anyone can commit to. …

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The #100DaysOfCode challenge started out as a set of rules to help people commit to learning to code consistently. And with time, it has attracted a community of like-minded people.

As of writing this, nearly 3,000 people have risen to the challenge.

These people are enthusiastic about self-improvement. They love learning. And most importantly, they help each other along the way.

Even if you’re coding consistently on your own, joining the challenge will help you find new friends. Friends who — like you — are passionate about tech, personal growth, and getting the most out of life.

In this article…

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Since our last update on #100DaysOfCode challenge back in January, hundreds of people have taken the plunge. They’ve completed the challenge, built amazing projects, and found tech jobs.

We’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, and I’m going to summarize them here in this article.

First, I’ll give you some basic information about the challenge itself. Then we’ll explore the new concept of Rounds — taking the challenge multiple times. We’ll talk about the Resistance, and its connection with the rules of the #100DaysOfCode challenge. …

A year ago, I was frustrated with my slow speed of progress in learning to code.

I knew I needed to do what all the experts recommended: code every day and push myself to build projects.

But time after time, I found myself skipping days and taking the easier route of just following along with tutorials.

I needed a way to force myself to get onto the right track and stay there. And that’s when inspiration struck.

I knew that habits were powerful, and that everything becomes much easier once you get going. …

I will code for at least an hour every day for the next 100 days.

I’ve decided to make this a public commitment.

And you should join me.

To track your progress, fork this repo: https://github.com/Kallaway/100-days-of-code

NOTE: For the most updated information on the challenge visit:
The 100DaysOfCode Official Website

Here are some reasons why

I really want to become a better developer. But I find that after work, I always find other things to do rather than code.

Nothing can beat self-directed effort toward learning or accomplishing something, and it is something that I value highly. But looking back at the past few months…

Speed Up Your Learning

What is the most difficult part for someone who decides to teach themselves to code? The fact that they usually don’t know what to learn — what programming language to choose, how to approach learning, which resources are the best in terms of time efficiency.

It all starts with Google searches on those topics, which inevitably lead people to one of the many resources that teach people to code. The format of those resources varies greatly, and common sense tell us that we should try a bunch of different resources, and choose the ones that best suit our learning style…

A Handful of Useful Mind Tricks Addressing Your Innermost Fears

Let’s talk about how to stay on track. How to keep learning when you feel like there is just way too much to learn. How to keep going when it feels like you’re never getting that first coding job.

You find yourself thinking: “Maybe I’m just not cut out for it?”

It’s like a cloud that follows you around, blurring and distorting reality, so that it can present the case of how bad and hopeless the situation is and how there is no way you can do it.

Well I don’t know about you, but for me this happens every…

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This is the first post in the Do the Opposite series, in which I will be sharing the best articles and resources I find on the topics of tech, languages, coding, habits, self-improvement, etc. — all centered around the theme of Learning.

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By Alexander Kallaway

As you may or may not know, I have committed to take the challenge of not eating any sweets for a week. I expect this experiment to be a bit harder than the previous: the week without social networks, just because of how much I like sweets of all kinds: chocolate, cookies, ice-cream, etc. You name it, I love them all.

So why do I think this experiment will turn out to be a little more challenging for me? I’ve noticed that I have certain habit patterns when it comes to eating sweets. There seem to be…

Alexander Kallaway

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