Learning to code can be a daunting task that can make even the most computer-literate run away from their laptop in fear. While learning the art of coding can be incredibly difficult to start, once begun, it can lead to a number of great things!
While many people think that coding is only for the hardcore nerdy, but anyone can do it.
Don’t get me wrong, coding isn’t the most essential skill that someone has to learn, but it definitely can enhance the skills you already have in the eyes of those around you (especially if you’re looking for a job).
To start the process, you’ll need to find someone to teach you how to code. In this day and age, it’s not difficult to find this. You can go to any number of places to get the education you need to start your quest towards coding:
- You could go with the offline approach of books. That’s nice and good, but if you take the path of the dead tree, you take the risk of learning from material that most likely is outdated.
- You could go to school! School’s great if you have the money for the credits, books, and the countless other money-sucking fees that are included with going to school. Don’t get me wrong, going the school route is great for people that want to know that their information is absolutely, one-hundred-percent, no doubt about it, coming from someone knowledgable in the subject (who also probably took the school route); but there are those of us that don’t have the time, can’t afford school, or just don’t like the structure of it all.
- Or you could go the internet route. This is the option that is real hip with the kids. There’s a million ways to do this: iTunes U, Code.com, edX, Udemy, Codecademy and numerous other online teaching websites that allow anyone to learn anytime they want. What’s best about them is that most of them are absolutely free!
So, once you’ve chosen a way to learn, start learning! The process takes time, but learning to code can eventually help in other parts of your life.
Having the ability to code can be something that makes you stand out from the rest of the bunch. Applying for a job? That coding skill that you learned can be the difference between the company hiring you and someone else.
What else can coding help you with? Well, it can change your brain! Your brain loves to be challenged and if there’s anything that can be called a challenge, it’s coding. Code is essentially a bunch of puzzle pieces that you need to put together to make something, whether it be a website or a smartphone app.
I won’t lie to you, learning to code is hard. There’s definitely obstacles to being good at it, but what skill worth learning doesn’t have them?