Just Build Something

“Just go build something and learn as you go along.”

That’s the advice most novice hackers receive when they ask how they can learn to code. This advice can cause an issue when they can’t think of an idea, or they spend too much time worrying about thinking of something to build. In the beginning, it can be difficult to come up with ideas for development projects since the coding world is so foreign and you have no idea if an idea is realistic/possible.


It would be nice to be able to just have some basic ideas to pick from. Thankfully, there’s sites that you can go to in order to get some inspiration. Reddit’s beginnerprojects subreddit is one place to check. It isn’t updated often but there’s a nice little list to start you off. You can also join the Hackathon Hackers Facebook community and feed off of the ideas that are discussed. Ideas aren’t explicitly thrown around all the time but it’s a good place for beginners to start understanding more about development in general.

I recently built the Dev Ideas newsletter to introduce another way of getting ideas for new hacks. I send out five ideas every Saturday, some catered towards beginners, and some suited for more experienced hackers. If you’re looking for a way to get into hacking, check out any of these sources and start building something!

Send me a tweet (@rjun07a) if you end up building an idea from the Dev Ideas newsletter or if you have an idea of your own that you’d want me to include in the next email!