Let’s face it – if you want to learn programming, you only need one day. However, if you dream of becoming an expert in this field, you need many years of a daily work. You have to show a great determination…
But slow down! If these words terrify you, throw away your panic clock immediately! In this article, we’re going to show you that programming isn’t that scary, and actually can be enjoyable.
Do you know what a computer is? Well then you can start your new adventure 😊
If you’ve had time to breathe and cool down, I have good news for you – learning programming can be a lot easier if you know where to start.
It doesn’t matter what encourages you to learn programming – perhaps it is the belief that programming is essential to life now, maybe an idea for your new career path or simply wanting to get along better with your IT colleagues.
First of all, you need to consider what possible paths you have and choose the right one.
The rules that will be described here are very universal, regardless of the programming language. Either way, it’s worth considering its choice in advance.
Where to start learning programming?
At the beginning, you need to seriously consider what career path you want to take in IT. It is this decision that will determine, for example, technologies that you will have to learn, or what you will actually be doing as a future programmer.
You may find it hard to decide at first, but take it as a fun adventure. Think if there is anything you would like to create? It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. A simple website, e.g. dedicated to your hobby, will be a good idea. You can post photos on it that you want to share with your friends.
This is a very good start. Building a website will allow you to see what is hidden under what you see every day. Start with simple templates. One by one, work on a nice look, at the end you can take care of several interaction elements, such as animations or forms.
Another interesting idea for getting started with programming is to try to automate some strenuous activity that you do every day. Are you annoyed by the eternal clutter on your desktop? You can work out a set of rules to help you organize your folders.
When was the last time you saw your wallpaper? If you can’t remember, this is the moment – let’s go!
How do you start when you have already chosen the path?
The next step will be to decide how you want to learn. There are many options here. You can find many places to learn – both paid and free. Of course, each of them has its pros and cons.
Here you will find a list of the most popular ways to learn.
5 study places
Learning to program in college is the most general solution. During 5 years of learning you will come across various technologies and issues. In addition, you have the opportunity to work with people with whom you will develop projects and exercises together. During your studies you will get to know a broad picture of what IT is.
A huge disadvantage of studying is the long duration before you finish your studies and get your degree. Another important point is that learning how to program is only a part of the material undertaken. In many faculties and colleges, learning in class has little to do with what you actually do after the graduation.
Online bootcamps are a response to the needs of IT employers. These courses usually last a few months to a year. The idea is to extract only the necessary knowledge from the students. participants are trained in such a way that they can later adapt their skills to the realities of the labor market.
This kind of learning can be very intense. It is focused on a practical action. Consequently, they require a self-denial and systematic work. In addition to the basics of programming, you will also learn technologies that will ultimately be useful in your future work. And that’s what you care about the most, right?
There are courses that are entirely online. This is a great help if you want to combine your studies with other duties or work. The downside is that bootcamps take a lot of work.
Free online materials
Okay, let’s agree – is there any problem that you did not find a solution to in the YouTube tutorial? There are definitely more materials than you can take.
Each video differs in quality, but I’m sure everyone can find something for themselves. You will surely find information that will interest you. A huge advantage of this form of learning is its accessibility. All you need is the Internet access and you have all the knowledge in your hand!
The disadvantages, however, are that the materials are not arranged in any way and you have to search for each information by your own. Also, in this example, nobody will check your work and you won’t get a reply if you write something based on the videos.
However, I think this is a good start before you even think about studying or enrolling in a programming bootcamp.
This is a very popular form of learning programming. Programming from scratch. These courses are payable, although the price is usually very low. You will find there an organized knowledge and access to free materials. Portal courses rely on a series of videos – you get a lecturer in the package, who can be said to guide you through these unknown topics.
Let’s move on to the cons – you have a Friday night and sit on the couch with the course attached. You probably think this form is enjoyable and you have the feeling that you have already learned everything.
Unfortunately, it is possible that it is only an illusion and you will remember a small part of the almost 30 hours lecture. There is also no such important learning point, which is obviously practice.
You can listen to a huge number of courses, but you can’t learn programming without programming! Just watching others doing it is not enough. There is no person who will check your code and answer if it works and explain why it does not work.
This solution may be helpful for people who are extremely self-denial. If you combine watching videos with programming practice – this may be the solution for you.
Programming books are quite a classic choice. It’s a good option when it comes to deepening the topic, especially on a more advanced level. Whatever the subject matter.
The book guarantees learning everywhere. The advantage is its better preparation due to the number of people who worked on its planning and release. It will definitely be better prepared than a material posted by people on YouTube.
The downside will be once again the lack of feedback, and the possibility that the book itself will not prepare you well for the job.
When will I become a developer?
No matter what form of learning you will undertake, REMEMBER: to learn how to program you have to start programming yourself! The best method is trial and error. You need a computer and a keyboard!
A programmer is a person who writes programs. Think about the satisfaction with which you will be looking at your first written program… You may find it difficult at first, but don’t get discouraged.
Try it, and soon these few lines of your own handwritten code will start working. I guarantee it to you.
So, what are you waiting for? Keyboard in hand and go to work! 😊