Unfortunately, learning a new programming language can be very difficult, especially if you don’t have a lot of prior experience. Coding concepts can be hard to grasp, and this can make it difficult to get your head around the basics.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Start With The Basics
- 2 2. Download A Code Editor Or Use One Online
- 3 3. Use A Good Online Course
- 4 4. Don’t Be Afraid To Practice
- 5 5. Connect With A Mentor
- 6 6. Make Sure That You Take Plenty Of Notes
- 7 7. Understand Every Line Of Your Code
- 8 8. Always Have A Reference Guide Handy
- 10 10. Make Use Of Different Types Of Resources
- 11 Conclusion
1. Start With The Basics
- Try and review your notes for five or ten minutes at the start of every session. After doing this a few times, you will find that you are remembering more, that things are coming naturally to you, and that you understand what you’re doing!
2. Download A Code Editor Or Use One Online
- A built-in IDE.
- Compatibility with a range of languages, allowing you to work on many different programs through the same Atom interface.
- Simple Git and GitHub integration.
Downloading the Atom code editor is relatively simple. To begin with, you need to head to the Atom website. Click on the ‘download’ button near the top of the homepage, and follow your computer’s prompts. Although it is relatively straightforward to use, you might benefit from reading the Atom Flight Manual. This document covers everything you need to know about using Atom to write, edit, and organize code.
3. Use A Good Online Course
However, it can be a lot more difficult as a beginner with no coding experience. You could attend a coding boot-camp, but this will cost you a lot of money and involves a full-time commitment for at least 3 months (in most cases). Alternatively, you could enroll in a university computer science course. However, this requires an even greater time commitment, and you won’t be able to start working as a programmer for at least 3 years if you take this path. Last, but not least, you could use a high-quality online course to guide you.
Using an online course has a wide range of benefits over things like boot-camps and university courses. These include things like:
- In general, online courses are structured to give you the optimal learning experience. If you use them alongside things like reference guides and coding forums, you should be able to learn your chosen languages quickly and efficiently.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Practice
If you want to become a fluent programmer or web developer, then you need to commit yourself. One of the most important parts of the learning process is practice. If you don’t practice writing code, then you will never improve. It could be argued that you are wasting your time working through an online course if you aren’t willing to put time into practicing your code outside of your course.
Above all, make sure that you remember:
“Perfect practice makes perfect”
5. Connect With A Mentor
If you feel like this, then it could be time for you to connect with a coding mentor. A mentor is someone willing to help you improve your coding skills, write great programs, and eventually, become a career programmer. If you’re lucky, you will be able to find a mentor who is willing to help you for free, but it is equally likely that you will have to pay someone – after all, who wants to work for free?
If you are looking for a free mentor, then start getting active on coding forums and chat rooms online. Attend local meetup groups or organized events, and connect with people in the industry – you never know, you might just get lucky!
6. Make Sure That You Take Plenty Of Notes
7. Understand Every Line Of Your Code
A lot of people fall into the trap of simply following the directions, writing some code in their code editor, and troubleshooting until it does what it needs to. However, these people don’t always understand what they are writing.
8. Always Have A Reference Guide Handy
If you would like to find other like-minded people who are also learning how to code, start your search on Facebook. Look for ‘programming’, ‘coding’, or ‘web development’ groups in your area. If there isn’t one, think about starting one!
10. Make Use Of Different Types Of Resources
- Online videos – If you are looking for a more in-depth explanation of a difficult concept or of something that you can’t quite get your head around, head over to YouTube. You will almost certainly find a video that clearly explains things, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the concept in question.
- Reference guides – As noted above, reference guides are essential when it comes to learning and using any programming language.
- Other people – There are hundreds of high-quality, active coding forums and chat rooms on the internet. You would be stupid not to take your questions to them, as you will almost certainly find someone who can help you with anything you’re struggling with.
Make sure that you practice coding regularly, take high-quality notes when you’re learning new concepts, and make use of the full range of resources available to you. Above all, get out there, start coding, and have fun along the way!