When you first decide you want to learn how to code, it’s typical to experiment with a number of different languages, code editors, IDE’s etc. Which makes it challenging to figure out what the best way to organize your coding projects will be. I too went through this struggle and I want to share a few of my thoughts on managing many projects in many different languages and environments.
When I first started coding on my own, I honestly knew very little about the software industry, and even less about what I actually wanted to do with it. Not knowing where to start, led me down a long path of jumping from one language or technology to another, which meant it took me years to land my first programming job. If I could go back, I would start with web development.
It’s actually been closer to 18 months since my first job as a developer, but I’ve been wanting to share what I’ve learned as a newbie in the industry for a while. So although I’m late on the one-year retrospective, I think it’s worth sharing anyway.
I haven’t given up on blogging. I promise. No really, it’s something I still do I swear. In case you were worried (I know you all were 🙂 ), everything is fine. I just went on a short hiatus to recuperate from a stressful term at school. But I’m back!
Click-bate title – I know 🙁 But it’s true; you won’t believe what I did! I’m still coming to terms with it myself. I very briefly contemplating dropping the course (CS4402) because of it. But those thoughts are behind me now.
Week 2 went by way too fast. As you’ll see in this week’s LJ I’m struggling quite a bit to keep up with this course while working full-time and all of the driving I’ve been doing lately. Good thing is, I work remotely two days a week now, so as long as my ISP doesn’t fail me like it did on Monday (grimacing) I think it’s going to make the balance a lot easier to maintain.
As promised, here is my learning journal from my first term back. This week was a rough start for me. This term I’m working a full time job which is on-site unlike my last. Including the stop at daycare, it’s about an hour and 20 minutes to work and then back again everyday for me. Definitely going to have some obstacles to overcome this term, and hopefully I find some helpful tactics to share with you guys as you go through the struggles of online education while working also.
Just a quick post to inform you guys that I’m still here. Between work and my personal life, I’ve been struggling to keep up with the blog this summer. The little time I have dedicated to it is locked away in articles sitting in draft mode in an “almost ready” state as my attention sweeps from one idea to the next leaving many articles to disappear into the void of my backlog.
Web services that provide online code editors and tutorials are great – amazing actually. Websites like khanacademy.org and codecademey.com are terrific at guiding people who are totally new to programming, through the basics of web development, and helping them learn how to make all sort of cool projects. However sites like these also fall short of explaining exactly how these web technologies are used offline, in your own environment. Just you and your computer and a web browser – how do you start making stuff on your own?
It’s now been well over a year that I’ve been blogging, and I’ve learned quite a few things since. When I started, I knew nothing about writing a blog, so the amount of information out there was quite overwhelming at first. Hopefully this article will help give some guidance to others who are just beginning their blogging ventures.