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How I improved my coding skills in 2020/21

Daniela
Updated on ・2 min read

A year ago

It’s been a year since my first post on Dev.to. It was an article that I wrote for the #SheCoded initiative that my company embraced.

In that post, I talked about how I managed to break into the developers' world, even though I wasn’t one. I said that I did some coding at university, and then, a couple of years ago, I took a course in Front End Development to refresh my memory and learn new skills. I wrote that I wasn’t ready to try and switch my career from content marketing to web development because I didn’t feel I was at the right level yet. I also mentioned how my current job in Dev Rel has allowed me to compromise between continuing my career path in content and working with developers.

What has changed in a year time

A year after that post, I made some good progress with my coding skills. My JavaScript knowledge was still pretty basic a year ago, so I invested some time to improve it (and finding the time during the pandemic was not difficult).

This is what I have done:

  • I completed a Udemy course of JavaScript
  • I signed up for Edabit - which is an excellent way to “keep fit” by solving 1 or 2 challenges every day
  • I found a tutor at Coding Tech. I have been doing online lessons each week and it has helped massively
  • I finished the book "Javascript & JQuery", which the teacher of my Front End course recommended. A book sounds sort of old school when it comes to programming, but studying in the old way can be very effective. This guide is very well done, and I highly recommend it
  • I started to develop my own project, so I am coding for fun, which is with no doubt the best way to learn and keep motivated.

My message for others

I think that learning by developing a project you care about is extremely effective.

Also, in my case, finding a private tutor has been a significant turning point. I wish I thought about it earlier! I was aware of free resources online and bootcamps, but I have never heard of anyone taking private coding lessons. To me, it has been extremely beneficial. If you find yourself stuck, reach out for help can give you exactly what you need to overcome the obstacles, make progress and keep your motivation high.

You will never be done learning or improving, but carrying on gets easier with practice.

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Mariana Simon

Hi, Daniela! Great article. I totally agree that learning by doing is the best way. I've recently made the switch from a non-coder career to web development. I'm looking to get in touch with people who did it as I'm thinking about ways to make it easier for others. Would you be available to chat?

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Daniela Author

Thanks, Mariana! Sure, happy to connect :)

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Mariana Simon

Great :) If you're available to chat, could you ping me at mariana@learnpine.com ?

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cswalker21

Thanks for mentioning edabit! I'd never heard of it and it looks really cool. Good luck getting even better this year.

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Daniela Author

Thanks, cswalker21 :) Yeah, Edabit it's very cool! It's free and when you reach a certain level you need to pay for the upgrade, but it's totally worth it