Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities. I learned how to fly a hot air balloon when I was 30,000 feet up and my life was in the balance: you can learn skills at any age but why wait when we can teach everyone to code now! - Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
The above was inspiring, isn’t it? We’ve compiled few reads for you that will help you get started with coding:
1. Please do learn to code
- Quincy Larson, creator of FreeCodeCamp - an open-source community that helps you to learn code.You can work through our self-paced coding challenges, build projects, and earn certificates. They also connect you with people in your city so you can code together. He quotes, “ Coding isn’t some niche skill. It really is the new literacy.” Go Ahead and explore his articles on medium
2. Teach yourself how to code
- Well, who doesn’t want to build their own software and let the world know about it. Since the invention of the internet, programmers have been using it to discuss software development techniques, publish tutorials, and share code samples for others to learn from and use online. If you’re curious about how to become a programmer, you can get off to a running start using tons of great free web-based tutorials and resources.
3. Which programming language should you learn first?
- Melanie Pinole
on Life Hacker
, a tech blogger mentions in one of her blog post, “ The most important thing is to learn the fundamentals through “scratching your itch,” so to speak, with working on a problems you want to solve or something you want to build.” She definitely wants you to build something interesting so that other users can use it and practice is the key to the whole thing.
4. ABC: Always Be Coding
- David Byttow
, an entrepreneur who previously worked at Google, Medium wrote on “How to land an engineering job?”. In this blog you’ll learn about why degrees don’t matter any more and with passion for coding and perseverance you can crack any job interview.
5. OK, I learned HTML - Now What do I do?
- Interesting piece of advice on what you need to do once you learn how to deal with one programming language. It’s important when you’re learning new skills to socialize and immerse yourself in environments where there are conversations and engagement around the skills. Meetups, conferences, workshops, lectures - not only do these help the learning process along by introducing concepts and skills in new ways, but they also provide an opportunity to meet a network of people you can learn from and with.
6. A beginner’s guide to GitHub
- Well, if you’ve read all of the above blog you might have definitely come across OpenSource and GitHub. Aleksandar Todorovic
, is a hacker and Foss enthusiast and in his article everything you can do as an open source contributor on the projects you like on GitHub of any language. Read the complete blog here.
Well, this are the few articles we wanted you to read and become better at what you are doing - to code. It’s all only talk until your code runs. So get started with Algorithms, APIs or any challenges and programming languages you want because it’s never too late to start. Get started at DoSelect
and build your developer identity.