First off, why code? Lame reasons – everyone else is learning it, mushrooming bootcamps prove that it’s a hot skill, we’re all heading towards a 100% tech-friendly existence, and it pays well. Well, maybe the last one isn’t so bad, but also, I like a challenge.
Can anyone code?
Yes, Yes, Yes. But it won’t be an overnight thing. It’s a combination of wanting to do it AND HARD WORK. And not many people say this, but it’s OKAY to be frustrated, okay to not get it even after a gazillion tries. You’ll get it on the gazillion++ try (a little inside joke, ‘something ++’ means increment by one in most programming languages).
Yes, I’ve hated it. In fact, I told my husband two days ago that it’s not for me. Then last night, I had a mini-revelation. After trying a number of different things for 24 hours which included Googling for ages, I was able to code something. And that my friends, is a lovely feeling.
Keep at it. Here are some great ways to explore if you want to learn to code (for FREE):
- W3 schools
- Stack Overflow
- Youtube videos
- TED talks
I don’t know if I’ll ever be a professional programmer dreaming in vivid HTML. But I’d like to, so I’ve made a start. I like doing online courses, and I’ll see where it takes me. What about you? Have you started a similar journey?