What are some of the best ways to learn programming?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 10, 2020 05:49 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 10, 2020 05:49 AM

You can learn to code in so many different ways now that we have something called the internet.

When I was in the 8th grade, I was introduced to something called HTML in my computer class. It was incredible. My friends and I used to have competitions on who could make the coolest website. We were beginners having the time of our lives!

This led me to learning new languages that can make my site look awesome like CSS and Javascript.

The thing you have to know is that, generally, there is no best way to learn programming. It’s all about you.

If you want some of the paths you can choose from, here:

You can go to college, get a CS degree, and learn how to code from your CS knowledge. This is the most common path but if you’re older, can’t afford this, or just don’t want to go to college, there are still many other ways.
You can go to a coding bootcamp. This method is becoming very popular nowadays and people are choosing to go this route over an expensive CS degree. Some famous coding bootcamps include App Academy, Make School, Ironhack, Flatiron School, etc.
MOOCs. If you aren’t familiar with Massive Open Online Courses, they are online courses used to teach yourself a certain skill. You can learn any programming language with a bit of practice and a MOOCs. They are incredibly cheap and even some are free. You can take intro to CS on Coursera for absolutely nothing.
Building projects. This method can be a really fast way to get a great understanding of programming. And the best part is you will be engaged in the whole process of learning! Say you want to make an Android app that gives users the opportunity to find a mentor in a specific field. You will want to make your idea a reality and do whatever it takes to build it as long as your committed. This gives you drive and inspire you to writing code.

As you’ve seen above, there are many ways you can get into programming. But at the end of the day, it comes down to one thing. Writing code.

If you are passionate about becoming a software engineer or programming for the fun of it, the only way you can become good at code is by writing code.

Think about it this way, if you want to learn to swim you can’t just watch videos and read about how to become a swimmer. You must take action!

Building a skill is a matter of practice. Practicing with a growth mindset will make you unstoppable. Practice. Practice. Practice. I cannot stress this enough.

The people that actually become software engineers don’t become software engineers by just reading about the perks of working at Google or Facebook although it can be tempting.

They practice. And when the going gets tough, they don’t give up. Why would you give up if you’re in it to win it. There is a saying that goes “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Learning to code isn’t easy. Why do you think software engineering jobs pay so well. It’s not a stroll in the park. You’ve got to know your stuff. If you persist and keep going when it gets hard, you’ll make. That is the difference between success and failure.

So if you really want to become a programmer, keep on coding. Never give up. Never. Never. And I mean NEVER.

And if you make it past the obstacles, you’ve now got a whole new perspective of the world. Hello World 🙂

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