Recently I started learning Ruby and I struggled to understand some concepts, so I turned to my old friend Google, who rewarded me with Ruby Monk. Another great and free site where you can learn to code and practice the code on the screen, in the console. So if you don’t want to struggle setting it up on your laptop or you cannot, this is a good start. Explains concepts clearly and can be a good addition for a book or other resources. I find it that the more somebody explains the same thing, the better I understand, mainly because every site has a bit different approach and that gives so many perspectives. So go on and try Ruby Monk if you are hooked up on Ruby like me!
I just came home from my weekly (in this case the second this week) Codebar meeting and I just need to write it down, put this into words that how amazing this community is, how great these people and companies are. Every Wednesday in the last two-three months I was at a Codebar meeting, learning loads really, all for free, meeting absolutely amazing and super smart, motivated people. Made so many friends!! On top of how great Codebar tutorials are and how much you can actually pick up based on working with a tutor, the whole thing is just superb. See music down to try to express this vaguely.
For those who never heard of Codebar, this is an interactive and supportive environment in the frame of a weekly workshop, where coaches and students meet and learn together. Every time you can bring your code problem (and laptop!) and a coach will be assigned to you and maybe one other student, who might work on the same issue, and you can ask and ask and learn a lot. Since it is a non-profit organisation, everyone really really appreciates all the efforts, help and support, and people are super nice and keen to help. I once asked a coach, why helping and teaching for free. The answer was because code is cool and it is awesome to talk about it and discuss it, especially when you meet so many keen students.
Codebar in their own words: “Our goal is to enable underrepresented groups to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities. To achieve this, we run free weekly workshops, regular events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible.”
So back to the evening that left me so full of happy emotions… The feels of figuring a code out on your own (just started Ruby literally last night so I have a chance to be a Makers student, and already wrote a few useful lines (thanks Conor!) shows how addictive this is.
So, I literally can’t wait till next time!
And to express even more; here is a song I listened to obsessively a few years ago (and I am still in deep love with), there is just something uplifting and absolutely beautiful about these Wednesdays (and Tuesdays!)!
I was looking up reviews about Free Code Camp to give you guys some more prospects, not just the content and what you can learn there, when I found out about the Odin project, where you can learn Web Dev skills, also fro free. (How amazing that is!!)
The website and the program seem well structured, loads of useful information, about the actual jobs and future as well. I find this is very useful as some websites just drop you deep in the water and fill you up with code. Here I had a bit broader picture and got some very interesting information. Since it is free I don’t need to say how amazing this opportunity is.
To be honest, I am teaching myself code since a year now, I finished two smaller courses and I am getting impatient 😀 But my plan is, that in the next few months I chew myself through all the things I do now, Free Code Camp, The Odin Project, Codecademy and my sweet little JS book. I just can’t wait till I finally can get into a startup or open-minded company and start my Front End Dev career. So boots up guys & girls, and keep coding.
You can sing up here:
Here you can find an excessive list of free programming books. Some great materials there! Go, write some code!
I just recently stumbled across this article that describes basic coding terms for beginners. Very simple and clear explanations. Must read for everyone who wants to dive into code. A coding mindset is not something that comes easy but definitely doable and learnable.
They have the beginner level of the following languages so far:
- HTML & CSS ,
and to learn to build professional websites and applications these are the Web Developer Skills: