Coding Tips for Beginners

Every programmer faces challenges when starting their journey with learning how to code. Whether you have questions about which language serves your purpose best or how to best learn that language, here are some tips that every novice programmer should hear to make their journey easier!

1. Choose the right language

There are tons of different coding languages. The key is to choose the right one. And the best way to choose the right language is by getting to the root of the issue: Why do you want to code?

Do you want to build websites? Develop apps? Gain more control over your own data? There are hundreds of different applications, and the language you choose will depend on the goal you're trying to accomplish.

2.  Learn the hard way- don’t just look up the answer

When the temptation arises to use a dirty hack in your code just to get it to work, don’t! Take the time to find out how to do it the right way. A sloppy first project is better than no project, but you’ll learn much more from a project you’ve designed and built with great care every step of the way.  

3. Pick a project you’re passionate about

When you’re trying to come up with a project for your portfolio, you should pick something your passionate about as it will really show through in the end product.

For example, if you like sports, you could make an app that analyzes and projects statistics. It doesn’t matter if you’re not making something new and unique, as long as you’re able to learn along the way.

4. Ask questions  

There are many language specific forums online, but no matter the venue you pick, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your questions and listen to the answers. Thanking people for the time they took to help you is also a good idea

5. Learn by coding (not reading)  

Children don’t learn how to ride a bike or tie their shoes by watching a YouTube video or reading a book. The only way they ever understand how to balance or tie knots is by doing it over and over again. Coding works in much the same way. You might fly through a chapter of reading and have no problem understanding a topic but if you don’t play with the code right there and then, you’ll never remember the syntax when you go to actually implement it for the first time. 

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