I have been "learning to code" for about 2 years. Check out the skills on my profile and you'll see that clearly, I am not where I should be.
While many aspiring developers can go from
Hello World to a full-time gig in 3-6 months I am over here trying to remember if it is
Console.Write() and hoping I can get in an hour of programming a week, much less an hour per day.
I was at a loss of what to do. I was working 40 hours a week, going to Uni full time, and attempting to keep up with This is Us on Netflix. Clearly no time to code, right? Well, I found that I always found some time, because I loved to do it, but how can I keep some consistency?
So one day my 16-year-old brother-in-law and I were chatting about learning together and building stuff together so that we can really internalize the things we were learning, which is when the 💡 moment came.
Let's build an entire dev team out of our extended family!
My wife has around 50 cousins aged between 1 and 25, so we had no shortage of participants. I jumped in our family group chat and had a huge response (let's be real, who doesn't want to learn to code in 2018?).
So this is our process:
- Meet every 2 weeks for about 2 hours
- Collaborate between meetings using Slack and Notion
- Learn individually every day using freeCodeCamp and other resources
- Build, build, build
We have now met twice and have 12 participants. I have coded every single day since we started and have been more motivated than ever.
I am excited to continue to share this journey with you, help me out by answering one of the questions below!
- What fun activities can we do as a group during our meetings?
- What other free resources can we use in addition to freeCodeCamp?
- What are some fun projects we can build together?
Following folks on dev.to has always been key to customizing the kind of content you're more likely to see in your feed and notifications, but now that we have DEV Connect I feel like there is even more we can do by following folks with shared interests and willingness to be helpful.