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Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Learning How to Code
And what I’ve learned from teaching others
Before you learn to code, think about what you want to code
Knowing how to code is mostly about building things, and the path is a lot clearer when you have a sense of the end goal. If your goal is “learn to code,” without a clear idea of the kinds of programs you will write and how they will make your life better, you will probably find it a frustrating exercise.
I’m a little ashamed to admit that part of my motivation for studying computer science was that I wanted to prove I was smart…
Nov 22, 2013
Advice to future software engineers
Software engineers write code for a living. It’s our job to make computers do what we need them to do, to take our ideas and the ideas of…
Software engineers write code for a living. It’s our job to make computers do what we need them to do, to take our ideas and the ideas of others about how the world can be made better with technology and actually make the world better.
There aren’t enough of us, so this is as much a sales pitch to you as it is words of advice.
Don’t aim to be a software engineer
While that doesn’t seem to be the best introduction to a sales pitch for software engineering, bear with me.
May 24, 2013
Are you too old to learn to code?
As a co-founder of Skillcrush, I could drown you in emails from women and men all over the world who are hesitant about learning to code.
Jul 11, 2013
Learning To Code - One Year In
The following is my story, along with lessons learned, of spending the past year learning how to code.
May 27, 2013
My First App
Thanks To 3 Years of Reading Stuff on the Internet
May 28, 2013
How to learn Ruby on Rails with less pain and more gain
How I struggled to learn Rails for about 2 months and then learned it in 3 days.
Oct 18, 2013
CodeWeekend review: Nigerian scam or legit mess?
The story of when I subscribed to learn Ruby on Rails with CodeWeekend and asked for a refund.
Oct 10, 2013
Why You Should Study Informatics
…if anything at all
Are you one of the millions of students trying to choose which major to follow at university? Are you looking for the next step in your career? This article is for you. In it I will explain why I believe you should consider studying informatics. The first four points focus on you, and personality traits that might indicate you’ll enjoy informatics. They are followed by three points about why informatics is extra attractive to do.
Sep 26, 2013
From Counselor to Coder
Taking the first step toward a new career
When I was younger, I thought that my life would unfold in a very predictable way. That by the time I was approaching thirty I would be settled in a job that I loved, content with where my career was headed. Growing up, I liked consistency- no surprises. If someone had told me that I would now be one week away from moving to Boston for the next three months to become a software developer, I wouldn’t have believed them.
Oct 28, 2013
How a 14-year old learnt Ruby on Rails? Pt. 2
It just got more intense.
To understand this article, you must read Part 1 of this article.
I had written a post a few months ago, about how I learnt to code on the web, and what my inspiration was. I didn’t finish the complete story but I did promise to finish it in another article. So here it goes..
I was touching up a bit of code one night, after I had created a personal profile page for myself to show off what I had learnt to date.
Nov 7, 2013
How a 14-year old learnt Ruby on Rails?
Hey, If a 25-year old can do it, why not a teen?
I recently read an article on how a 17-year old recently released a news-reading app, called Summly, which was then acquired by Yahoo! for around $30 million.So I read the article I thought to myself. “At the mere age of 17, a regular Brit boy has got himself access to millions and millions of dollars.Why can’t I do the same? I’m just 13.” After that article, I found another video of which this 17 year old got interviewed on CNN, after the acquisition.
Oct 3, 2013
Eric Paxton, Professional Learner
Study, Implement, Teach and Repeat.
Nov 4, 2013
The Prank that Taught Me to Code
My First Adventure in Programming
Recently I received a panicked call from my wife. Something had run across the room and hid in the closet. Was it a mouse? I spent that evening emptying the closet of all contents in search of the culprit. No rodents were found that night, but I did stumble upon a box containing my old school papers. One was an essay, my college application. It contained the story about how I learned to code.
Today I read that Amber Case is collecting stories about how people learned to program.
May 29, 2013
On Code academy, Code school and baby steps.
My two cents on the two most popular beginner “Learn to Code” sites and where to start.
Code academy is great for getting comfortable with syntax.
Keep in mind the difference between knowing the solution to a problem and knowing how to instruct the computer to solve a problem.
Code school isn't as effective as Code academy despite having more features and content.
Code school exercises mirror slides too closely. Kills incentive to struggle.
Personal recommendation: Coursera’s “An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python”.
Nov 22, 2013
I read Ed Rex’s post in this collection called ‘You can Already Code- You Just Don’t Know It Yet’ and so I decided to give it a go.
May 26, 2013
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
Apr 17, 2013
What is computer programming and how does it work?
This post is a follow-up to “What is a computer and how does it work?”
Aaron | אהרן
Aug 3, 2013