Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Get with the Program: Learning to Code

As more of our lives turn digital, coding is swiftly becoming the much needed skill of the future. Learning to code is now easier than ever with thousands of resources on offer. Whether you want to build websites or create apps or even develop your own video game, these are the steps you should take in order to learn how to programme.

Choose a language

You first need to decide on what language to learn. Certain languages may be more suited to specific jobs [e.g. C for Apple products, SQL for server power]. That said, these aren’t always the easiest to learn as a beginner. Java [for web programming] and Javascript [for website scripting] are two of the most flexible and ideal languages for beginners. Python meanwhile is another widely used scripting language that ideal for novices. Once you’ve learnt one language, others will become easier to learn.

Get the basics with free online tools

You’ll find lots of free tools online that are perfect for getting the basics. These may include blog guides and video tutorials on Youtube. There are lots of good text editors online that you can download for free. Similarly for some languages such as Java or C you may want to download a compiler [again you can find these for free].

Take a course

Courses are recommended for helping you learn the ropes. This could be a general course in coding. Alternatively you could look for more specific courses catered to your area of interest such as Dreamweaver classes for website building or iOS workshops for Apple app development. Courses can also be great places for meeting fellow coders who can help you get your foot in the door if you’re looking for a coding career.

Start your own projects

From the very start, you should be trying to build your own projects. At first, keep these very basic. You can then start to get creative and start incorporating your own ideas into projects. Open source programmes are useful for finding pieces of code left by other programmers that can make life quicker and more efficient. Whilst the framework of coding can be learnt from online sources and courses, be prepared to eventually start experimenting [this is where the fun begins!].

Expand your knowledge

At this point you can start learning other languages to further your versatility. All languages rely on the same notion of logic and formulae, and so you’ll find picking up a second language simpler once you’ve got to grips with one. Expanding your maths and physics knowledge can help you to better understand algorithms. Be patient – much of coding is problem solving and you’ll occasionally get stuck for a while. Working with others can be very beneficial, giving you people to bounce ideas off and learn from. Don’t worry too much about mastering a language before pursuing any careers or personal projects – you’ll learn on the job and develop a mastery through experience of constant problem solving.

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