On /r/learnprogramming, I see a lot of frustration on what to do after a basic language tutorial. There’s a lot of information on the web, but it’s still hard to know what to do next for a beginner. I’ve found that there’s not really an example of how to bridge the gap between knowing the basics and actually building something – there’s no good overview of what you should be trying to learn and why. So here’s my attempt at trying to fill in some of the gaps and developing a good roadmap for a web developer in any language.
As a beginner there will come a time when you will write something that either has a bug, doesn’t work properly, or just won’t run/compile. It will seem no matter how hard you try, you just can’t figure it out and you’ll feel absolutely stuck. So what do you do when you’re stuck? I’ve seen this many times while mentoring beginners software developers who have just started programming. Here’s my list of 10 things to do, when that moment comes.
Continue reading 10 Steps to get Unstuck While Programming
Finished a boot camp or online course and feeling discouraged? Looking around at job requirements and thinking about learning another language? Feeling like you worked really hard for nothing? It’s tough getting started as a software developer, so let me give you the step-by-step route that I took to getting hired as a beginner.
Learning how to program can seem like a daunting activity, but it’s really just like learning anything new – it takes time and practice. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re not progressing fast enough and not learning anything, but I can assure you that by pushing through those thoughts and feelings, you’ll come out the other end as a programmer! Continue reading Common Fears of Programming, and How to Overcome Your Fears.
As a beginner, ever wonder what programming language you should learn first? I’ll review the common industries and common problems that people solve with different languages to help you figure out which is the right language for you. I’ll also review the average salaries, and which language to choose for the highest paying salary.
This one is for the noobs! Let’s go back to the basics and describe what a software engineer actually does. Continue reading What does a Software Engineer do?