Learning how to code is never simple or straightforward, which is exactly why you need to make sure that you leverage the experiences of others as much as possible to shortcut the process and actually learn from their mistakes.
To help you do exactly that, I’ve put together a quick breakdown of all the things I wish I knew before I started to program and code to help you “leapfrog” over a lot of other rookie programmers and dive into the meat and potatoes of everything that coding has to offer.
Let’s dive right in!
No matter what, you are already a real developer
The minute that you decide to begin learning how to code is officially the moment that you become a real developer, and it’s important that you try and ingrain this kind of mentality just as quickly as humanly possible.
This is the approach that is going to give you the kinds of confidence you need to succeed when things get rough. The kind of motivation you need to push through early stumbling blocks, and the kind of courage you need to stand up to the rest of the world and share with them whatever it is you have been able to create. No matter how insignificant that may feel at first.
Work on programs that you love and are passionate for
It’s easy to kind of start off creating things just because that’s what other people tell you that you have to code at the beginning, but if you don’t have a passion for projects you do then you’re never going to push past the early struggles that all new programmers deal with.
Try and create applications to your strengths and your more than anything else or you are going to be setting yourself behind the eight ball right out of the gate.
Learning this skill is easier than most people make it out to be
Right out of the gate, learning how to program is always going to seem a little bit daunting and a little bit more challenging than it probably is – but that’s true of pretty much any skill that you are picking up for the very first time.
The first time that you tried to ride a bike, it likely seemed like an almost impossible task, the same way that the first time you tried to tie your shoes looked like a mountain too high to climb. Eventually though – and much faster than you probably thought – you had both skills mastered and you were off to the races.
The same goes for programming.
Build your network as you build your skills
Coding can be pretty lonely, as it is the kind of work that most people do all on their own tucked away in the corner somewhere. At the same time though, your network is going to help you skyrocket your success, not just as far as your technical skills are concerned but also as far as your career skills are concerned as well.
By building of your network early in the game, you’ll be setting yourself up for success across the board. You’ll have other professionals you can lean on to help you out come other professionals you can troubleshoot with, and other professionals you can turn to when you need advice.
You don’t have to do this alone!
Don’t try to be perfect all the time
Obviously, you’re going to want to create clean, organized, and efficient code that works the way that you intend to. But if you’re always striving for perfection before you launch you’ll never end up producing anything that you actually share with the world.
By all means take the time to get things right and always set out with a mindset of trying to achieve perfection, understanding all the while that the odds are good you’ll never get there and that sometimes it’s okay just to ship it!
Utilize these tips and tricks when you are starting out as a programmer, and you’ll be in a position to create real success much faster than your peers.