I’m a lawyer at a big tech company and debating the value of learning to code. What’s a good language to learn to understand the basics of coding and get some respect from software engineers?

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Start with some reading on loops, methods, variables, then take up a free beginner course in Python from Youtube. Python is an easy language to start.

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Coursera has some decent Python for beginners as well.

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Codeacademy is also beginner-friendly.

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LOVE codecademy

I think the best way to learn is interactively, i.e. in an environment where you can type and run the code as you learn. I really like the Udacity, Codecademy, and Treehouse learning platforms. The former two have free and paid tiers; the latter doesn't have a free tier, but does have a free trial. As far a good language to learn for beginners, I recommend Python. It's very versatile and intuitive.

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I recommend Python if you're just starting out

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"...get some respect from software engineers" that's commendable right there, Sir. The first few comments pretty much cover the basics. Commenting here as a well-wisher. Goodluck on your endeavor!

Get comfortable enough in Linux to do some bash+python and you'll get their respect

Thank you everyone. Now is it worth it? What do I gain being a non-Eng advising Eng folks on legal issues? By learning to code.

I’m a product counsel so most of my work involves looking at Figma flows, data storage and commenting on random aspects of legal compliance of product flow, content and data storage/retention/use.

I recommend buying a Skillshare subscription and learning from there. They offer great prices for learning Python!

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