Coding is hard and software development is even harder. There is an intimidating amount of stuff you need to know in order to be a programmer. Why even attempt to climb the insurmountable? You’re not technical, after all…
Our society needs more tech-savvy people and that’s why more of you should pick up coding.
You don’t have to be a genius and you don’t have to be good at math. Coding is creative problem-solving. You should love to learn new things. Coding is learning.
An experienced developer has internalised that they can study the right tech for the job. They’ve honed the skill of getting up to speed. Turn off the wi-fi and most senior software developers would struggle. That’s OK.
Statistically, they know as much as an absolute beginner.
Tech is such a rewarding field that we should encourage people to pick it up. You’ve studied English literature? Are you 48 already? Do you suck at math? If the idea of building your own software sounds awesome to you, throw away those excuses.
Join us, we need you!
Here are a few great resources to get you started.
For the absolute beginners. Don’t let the silly cartoon characters fool you, this language was developed especially to get beginners hooked. It’s what we use at Coderdojo to get children started with programming. It’s a visual programming language that’ll teach you the basics.
Online coding communities often have the reputation of being less than welcoming to beginners. Dev.to is the exception. It’s a place where developers of all levels are welcomed. I’m a big fan of their “Explain like I’m 5” series.
Once you want to get deeper into a subject, Udemy offers great video courses for a good price. Pick a programming language you like, add “beginner” to your search criteria and off you go. It’s a great way to learn at your own tempo.
While there are plenty of online resources for beginners, keep in mind that most software developers don’t bite and would love to get you started. Having someone to ask the “dumb questions” is indispensable. Drop me a line if I can help you!