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Mar 23, 2019 22:09:26

Should I learn how to code?

by @juliasaxena PATRON | 211 words | 🐣 | 272💌

Julia Saxena

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Today, I came across the article "Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself to Code" written by Clive Thompson. 

The major takeaways for me from this article were:

  • Knowing how to code can be a valuable skill for almost anyone, even if it's not something you want to do full-time for a living. 
  • It's a great challenge to master something like coding. 
  • It can be incredibly frustrating at times and persistence is needed to push through the many problems that will arise. 
  • At the same time, it can be very rewarding when something does work in the end. 
  • Coding can help automate your life when you are able to build small useful tools for yourself. 

I've always been fascinated by code. You can tell a computer what to do ... anything ... and it does it. There are so many possibilities. 

A few years ago I started free coding lessons online but abandoned it when I got pulled in different directions by my job/ social life/ etc. 

Now, I'm wondering, should I start learning it again? This time for real. It would be a great challenge. And I can definitely think of a few things I would want to build. 

To all the coders out there: How have you learned how to code? 



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    @juliasaxena here's an example of the kinds of people that develop out of Free Code Camp

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Mar 23, 2019 07:11:12
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    @juliasaxena yes just start! And let's all learn together - I'm also just starting out and capturing my lessons here:


    What do you plan on making?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Mar 23, 2019 21:25:23
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      @jasonleow Thanks for sharing! I'll be definitely following your progress. Honestly, I want to start building a simple website for myself to show the type of work I'm doing. But I guess for that I don't even need to know how to code. I just have to get over myself and start somewhere. How did you start your website? It's super impressive what you've built so far. Love the Coffice City idea!

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Mar 24, 2019 22:26:56
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      @juliasaxena a simple website sounds like a great first project! Yeah you could do that without code but you could do it with your own code too! My site now is on wordpress but encouraging you here had now also made me think about coding my own site too! ?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Mar 24, 2019 20:42:02
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