Learning a programming language is a process of many failures, it’s normal that your code won’t work the first few times.
Learning to code is like visiting a new city, at first, it’s a strange place that is confusing, but with a little patience while exploring the streets and venues, you will come to know it well. The key to learning code, is to write code as soon as possible and often as possible.
… Even if the code you are writing, does not make sense to you.
9 programming languages since 1994:
Over the years (since 1994,) I’ve picked up 9 programming languages. That may sound impressive, but it isn’t really. Like learning to drive a car, once you understand one programming language, you pretty much understand 80-90% of all programming languages!
The anxiety when learning something new
I was recently reminded of the typical uncertainties and frustrations you get, when learning something new. Though I have been creating videos for many years, I almost always just used the automatic settings of my cameras, and that was more than good enough for my video needs.
A little while ago, I decided that I wanted to do more, and so ventured into more advanced functions like aperture-priority, shutter priority and manual mode. I wanted more control over the video I was shooting. At first, understanding these basic concepts was confusing, and you wonder what it will take, for it to all sink in?
… What special learning trick did I need to use?
In the end, as it is with learning to write code, I just had to use the camera in these different settings, refer back to the theory, and then repeat. It’s now starting to really sink in now.
It will for you with coding/programming as well.
So, what is the best way to learn to code?
It comes down to these steps:
Do a little theory.
Write code that was taught in the theory.
About 6 years ago, I began helping schools bring code into the classroom. My app and curriculum (StudioWeb) was originally conceived from my own ideas and experiences … that took us about 70% of the way there. Over the last 6 years though, StudioWeb has been highly refined, with the help from many teachers and students.
… You can’t beat real-world feedback, especially from students who are not shy to tell you what they think!
A new way to think about teaching
StudioWeb represents one of the new strategies (of teaching,) that schools are starting to embrace all over the world. A way where teachers are NOT expected to be masters of many subjects. Rather, teachers facilitate classrooms, and proven interactive video based courses, do the actual daily teaching.
… The best tools though, provide much more than just a set of videos and lesson plans.
I’ve been in the web development business for over 20yrs now, and one consistent problem for many well meaning nerds, is the over engineering of web apps. This extends to all development as well, not just the web developers.
… The old KISS acronym “Keep it simple, stupid”, seems to be forgotten with every new generation of developers.
So today we have once again, new and overly complex frameworks and apps being thrust upon us. I vlogged about this recently in this video:
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Let me start off with a subtle suggestion to the browser manufacturers: get your act together!!!
About 3-4 years ago was the golden time in the web browser world – they were making nice improvements in terms of function, features and speed. Now it seems, the engineers working on these browsers have lost their way?
In a rush to do something (who knows what?) the browsers have become increasingly buggy and sloppy. Especially Firefox.
I can understand Microsoft dropping the nerd-ball with their Edge web browser (which is falling off the edge ..) but with Firefox and Chrome, where the web browser is such a key aspect of their respective companies ecosystem, it makes no sense to me that they let them slide.
Browser caching bugs, bug me most
If I had to identify a single issue that really causes me major headaches, it’s the bloody caching bugs that cause web pages not to load properly, videos to skip (and not load) and pages to not properly refresh. Probably a close second in Firefox’s memory leaks that will slow a computer to a crawl – where you have to restart the browser to solve the issue.
Don’t get me wrong, browsers are MUCH better than they were 10+ years ago. But I fear, they are slowly sliding back into the abyss that once was. I humbly ask the powers that be to stop this slide.
If you like this rant of mine, you will likely like my web development course because it doesn’t have any bugs.