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The Older Coder: Learn How to Code – Week 1

I want to learn how to code. I have tried before, but quit before. Not this time. The difference this time is I have two young boys and I want them to learn to code someday. And I want to be the one who teaches them.

One day I’m going to tell them the story of how their Dad taught himself how to code.

This is going to be the first in a weekly series of what I read, what I watched, what I listened to and what I studied on my journey to become a programmer.

I’m 44 years old and am a stay-at-home Dad. I haven’t read too many of those stories on the internet, so I’ll write my own.

I’ve always wanted to read how exactly someone taught themselves how to code. Not a long blog post, but the actual step-by-step program they used. I never found it so I figured I’d come up with that on my own as well.

If you scroll down to 2/13/17 you’ll see that is the day my desire to learn to code got rekindled.

In one year I hope to have 52 of these posts and be working as a programmer.

I hope if anyone comes across this post and wants to learn with me they will join me. If you have any questions about the links in this post just send me an email and I’ll be happy to answer.

Until next week, code on.

Coding Studies for the week of 2/13/17

2/19/17 – Sunday

Learn to Code With Me – S1E2: COMBINING YOUR PASSIONS INTO A CODING CAREER WITH ASTRID COUNTEE – podcast

From anthropologist to anthropologist who codes, Astrid talks about her unique path that is inspiring for anyone starting out.

2/18/17 – Saturday

Front-End Developer Handbook 2017

“This is a guide that anyone could use to learn about the practice of front-end development. It broadly outlines and discusses the practice of front-end engineering: how to learn it and what tools are used when practicing it in 2017.”

Just started this guide and after I read the recap of 2016 I had that familiar feeling that coding is impossible and there is no way I will ever learn. The difference these days is after I feel that all I say is, “If millions of other people can learn, so can you.”

2/17/17 – Friday

Learn to Code With Me – START CREATING AMAZING WEB EXPERIENCES – article

Good snapshot of the web, internet fundamentals like client-side/server-side and programming tools.


How the Internet Works in 5 Minutes – video

Quick overview of how, where, what and everything else about the internet. In 5 minutes.

2/16/17 – Thursday

Learn to Code With Me – S1E1: KNOWING WHEN YOU’RE READY TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR SKILLS WITH ADDA BIRNIR – podcast

Birnir is the co-founder and CEO of Skillcrush (Learn to code. Land the job. Change your life.). Skillcrush has a ton of free resources and I just started their free 10-Day Coding Bootcamp.

2/15/17 – Wednesday

Treehouse – Am I Ready for My First Job as a Developer? – article

I’m nowhere close to being ready, but it is fun to dream, even now.

2/14/17 – Tuesday

Learn to Code With Me – 000: INTRODUCING THE LEARN TO CODE WITH ME PODCAST – podcast

After listening to the code episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask I searched my podcast app for podcasts dedicated to learning to code. Learn to Code With Me popped up and I figured I would give it a chance. I’m glad I did. Love the podcast, love the site and love all the free resources Laurence Bradford offers. I signed up for her six-part Free Portfolio Course.

Learn to Code With Me – 10 Tips for Learning How to Code – pdf download

One of the tips was setting aside a set amount of time every day to focus on learning to code. I think if I do this and make it the same time of day (preferably early a.m.) I could build a habit out of it.


Khan Academy

Intro to HTML/CSS: Making webpages – online class

Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation – online class

One of the guests on the Too Embarrassed to Ask podcast was the CEO of Code.org (“Anybody can learn”) and he mentioned some classes on Khan Academy. Seeing how Khan Academy is free and I’m making every effort to learn to code for free, I figured I would sign up for both classes and take them at the same time. I’ll do a separate post on interesting things I learn in the classes.

2/13/17 – Monday

Too Embarrassed to Ask – Do I really need to learn to code? – podcast

I had no intention of restarting my learn to code journey. This podcast only hit my radar after binge listening to Recode Decode and Recode Media.

I figured I would listen and see if I was interested. Well the spark lit the kindling and now I’m getting sucked into the learn to code universe. I’ll tell my story about prior efforts in a later post. For now, I’m back and it feels goooood.

Just for the record, when I do earn my first dime from coding I’ll point to this episode that restarted it all.


The Self-Taught Programmer: The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally – Cory Althoff – book

Right after listening to the podcast above, I searched Kindle Unlimited looking for a book I could borrow to see if the old feelings for learning to code were there. They were and here we are. I read about twelve books at a time so I haven’t gotten far into this one, but it seems to be a good fit for someone just starting out like me.

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