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LEARN TO CODE LIKE A HERO

cirlorm_io profile image C I R L O R M ⚡ ・2 min read

I'm a self taught developer and I was able to learn JavaScript and Python on the internet without taking any paid courses. So how did it all start?
I completed high school with ambitions to learn coding, so I jumped on the internet and downloaded a few books on Python and started reading. Although the books gave me the basic commands and meanings, I don't know how to use them to build anything that was worth it except for the usual"print('Hello World')". So I stopped learning how to code and got into blogging where I created my first website using WordPress. After some time I realise I wanted to do something more, that's when I contacted @JNYBRG on Twitter and asked him to build a streaming platform for me. He gave me an open sourced project he worked on and told me to tweak it to my liking, but I don't have any coding skills. I told him and he introduced me to JavaScript and web development. From here my life as a developer took off and never went back.
I went on YouTube and watched lots of videos and my thanks to Travesly Media, Design Course and Dev Ed.
I watched Dev Ed create a Weather App and I code as he goes and after that 40 minutes video I understood how to bring lines of code together to build something cool and it turned out that's all I needed to boost my coding skills.

SO WHAT DID I LEARNED ABOUT "LEARNING TO CODE" FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?

  1. Learn the basics, understand what each line of code does.
    Read on it and see how other developers use them in their codes.

  2. Learn how to use them together to produce cool results.

  3. Start a project. Start building a real app and learn new things as you do it. Use Google and StackOverflow to get answers to any problems you encounter.

  4. Join the Dev Community.
    Create a Twitter and Github account and start talking about tech/code and start contributing the little you know to open source projects.

I hope this article help encourage you in learning how to code and help you be more proficient in it.

Since this is my first article, I'll be glad to read your remarks in the comments.

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Olalani Oluwaseun

Lovely pieces to meditate on as a Junior or self taught Dev

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C I R L O R M ⚡ Author

Thanks. This will motivate me to write more.