[Personal] Learning to code, how I got to the beginning.

It’s one of those things that nags at you, quietly, subtly. Day in and day out. It says “You can’t do this.” It says, “don’t even try”. It feels as insurmountable as mount Everest, or more accurately, The Wall.

'The Wall' from Game of Thrones

Sometimes coding can feel like an insurmoutable objective. Almost like 'The Wall' in Game of Thrones.

When I think “Could I learn to code?” my negative thoughts look like this.

  • You’re not ‘techy’ enough, you can’t sit in front of a computer screen for hours on end eating pizza and soda pop.
  • You don’t have the math, science or engineering background.
  • You have other skills that programmers don’t, leave this to them.

But eventually this nagging becomes too much. You start raising this idea in conversations. Casually at first, “So you know how to code?” Or, “What languages do you code in?” It builds slowly into “How did you learn how to code?” which then leads to “How would you recommend I learn how to code?”

Then one day you watch a video like this.  What most schools don't teach

What schools don't teach.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg, Will.i.am, Bill Gates and others talk about coding.

You. Get. Inspired.

If you are brave enough, dozens of these questions just may turn into a statement. This powerful statement.

“I will learn how to code.”

Just saying it still makes me gasp a bit, but as one of my favourity sayings reminds me:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

So here I am, starting this long journey into the unknown world of one’s and zero’s.

There are many reasons I’ve arrived here, here are the top 3.

  1. Software is fascinating to me, and I want to understand how it works.
  2. I’ve been paying people to build software for me, and I want to improve this myself (or at least understand what I’m paying for)
  3. I do believe that coding is the literacy of the 21st century. It’s like reading in the 17th century, you could get by without it, but knowing this language is so powerful. Just watch this video from code.org.

I hope you’ll join me on this adventure to learn how to code.

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