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How to Learn a New Programming Language

March 24, 2017

Let me start with the conclusion:

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:

  1. Do a little theory.
  2. Write code that was taught in the theory.
  3. Repeat

… It’s about bite-size morsels of delicious little code bits! It is a method that is proven to work, and we’ve used it for 7 years with StudioWeb. StudioWeb’s courses include: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Python, SQL and PHP.

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

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Teaching Code in the Classroom – my TV interview!

March 23, 2017

I finally got around to getting this video of me on television, talking about the importance of students learning to code. It comes down to two big reasons:

  1. A huge number of high paying jobs in programming and coding.
  2. Brain training: learning to code is like pushups for the mind!

Watch my interview to learn more:

If you want to learn more about learning or teaching code, check out StudioWeb.com

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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Teacher Facilitated Code Classrooms in 2017

March 21, 2017

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.

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The Problem with Web Development in 2017

March 20, 2017

Hey!

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:

Shameless self promotion:

If you like web development and you like things simple and easy, then you will probably like my Interactive Web Developer course package – it’s the best I’ve ever made and people love it.

I am writing just to say how happy I am with the courses. Although, I am a member of Lynda and Udemi, your courses are way better. For me you are the HIDDEN GEM, the YODA of web design. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Samantha

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

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Worlds Best Web Hosting?

March 18, 2017

How do you find the worlds greatest web hosting? In the following video, I will tell you what to look for, and you’ll hear a little story about a web hosting disaster, that almost took down a multi million dollar company!!

… Ok, a little exaggeration. But it sounds great! 🙂

Check out my video, all the answers to your web hosting questions will be found:

Thanks!

Stefan

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Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge … are getting really buggy!

March 18, 2017

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.

Conclusion

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.

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

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Middle school students talk about learning to code.

March 17, 2017

Every now and then I get the chance to visit a school using StudioWeb, and these visits have always proven to be invaluable in terms of refining our curriculum and app.

Here is the interview with the some students and their teacher:

What to take away from this video:

  • Students found some questions too easy – and the learned to write real code! This is where the spiral teaching method comes into play.
  • Students really liked the courses – you can see them laughing just thinking about the questions!
  • The teacher never taught code before – and got great results.
  • StudioWeb’s auto grading and tracking made it easy for the teacher.

If you would like to try a demo of any of our courses:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • Python

… And several more. Feel free to contact us.

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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Tips in Starting a Web Development Business in 2017

March 16, 2017

Hi!

Web development is a moving target as technology changes. So what are the skills you need to start a web development business in 2017? It comes down to a few things:

  1. Developing the skills of a modern web developer.
  2. Figuring out what your local market is demanding.
  3. Understand what KIND of development work you want to do.

You can watch my video that talks you through it:

Learn web development from a pro: https://shop.killervideostore.com/

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook

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