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Does anyone have advice for someone just beginning to code or wanting to get into programming?

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Master the fundamentals. I mean really master them. Once you have the basics down everything else will fall into place much easier. Don’t be one of those people that watches a JavaScript tutorial then tries to build an application. Learn and truly understand the fundamentals. There are endless recourses out there. Also, ignore anything that says something ridiculous like “learn to code in 1 week!” It’s not going to happen. Anyone can learn to code but you MUST code and code frequently. Even if it’s 30 min a day. Just make sure you’re coding.

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Do you have any recommendations for training materials? Would love to really learn.

Dont give up after a few days, weeks or months. Its a process. Try out things and never hold yourself back from experimenting and breaking things.

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Glad to see you’re taking the initiative to learn! I’d also highly recommend first starting with languages/tools that you would use in your job everyday to help make your life more efficient. For example, I’m not an engineer by any means, I work in marketing, but I have a good working knowledge of Python and it’s various packages, SQL, and R, because they help me perform a lot of the data manipulation, analysis, and visualization that helps make my job a lot easier. So that’s where I’d suggest starting, because it also makes it a lot easier to learn if you can think about how you may could use it in the future in your daily life.

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Build tools that you will use. Things that do one simple thing but provide value to you or save time. Go from there

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Be prepared for change and constant learning of new languages and technologies; comment your code sufficiently, people develop code with unique styles, not always obvious;l to others; contribute to open source projects once you’ve developed some skill..both for resume and learning. Good luck!

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And keep at it. I started learning web dev in the early 2000s and never used it so those skills/knowledge essentially dwindled and lost them.

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Practice...a lot . Things become much more natural as you write more code. Make sure to start with small simple coding exercises and gradually increase in complexity so you don’t get overwhelmed.

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Take a look Coding Bootcamp free resources, many of these bootcamps will have free workshops and free pre-bootcamp resources for marketing purposes. If you are considering Bootcamps, make sure to check out an audit on them here https://cirr.org/data

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Which tools are you using to learn coding?

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Mostly everyone already covered it, if you are serious, it will take massive amount of time and commitment. Coding is constantly evolving so just by learning 1 stack does not cut it anymore, keep learning more stacks or updates to your stacks. Just fyi there are a lot of support outside of SO. Lots of language specific discord channels are around. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you are stuck!

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Learn the fundamentals- look to JavaScript and Python, once you have those you can pick others up fairly easy... Read code!!! Spend time everyday while you’re learning looking at open source code. Dedicate at least an hour a day to actually coding- not only while you’re learning but even after you’ve mastered the language. ... break all the things- and find other people to connect with... join programming groups/forums, and find someone to learn from/ learn with and mob with. Best of Luck!

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