Welcome to CodingRookie.org!
We are a community of programmers dedicated to helping beginners get started with developing computer software and systems.
Whether your aim is to change careers or to figure out how to get started coding as a hobby, learning the fundamentals of computer programming is a fun and exciting undertaking.
On this site, we hope to provide access to the latest tools and information that can get you started in this robust and diverse field.
Getting Started with Programming
One of the biggest obstacles I faced when first starting out was trying to figure out how to get started in programming, even though I didn’t come from a technical background.
Before you begin, it’s essential that you have a clear reason why you want to learn programming. We strongly encourage you to set clear goals for yourself, which include both objectives for your education and a timeline by which you want to complete them.
Whatever your goals, you need to understand that this is not a topic that you can master overnight. In fact, we think it’s just about impossible for any one person to master all aspects of computer science. As you learn, you’ll realize that there are literally thousands of different branches and paths you could take, each of which is constantly making new progress and developments.
Finding the avenues that interest you and continuing to learn new things about those niche-topics is one of the aspects of computer science that makes it so interesting to so many people.
While you definitely need to have a core grounding in the fundamentals, don’t hesitate to branch out and read up on topics just because they spike your interest. Sooner or later you’ll find a way to bring those interests together into a cohesive skill-set that’s right for you.
Have A Little Faith
Having a little faith in your abilities is absolutely essential to your success.
The road to becoming a programmer can at times be frustrating and overwhelming. This is normal, and it happens to all of us, even those who have been in the industry for years.
When you find yourself stuck in a rut, take advantage of the bountiful forums and communities available to you. You’ll quickly find that Google is your greatest resource. Chances are, someone, somewhere has experienced exactly the same challenge you have, and has found a solution to it.
Just keep an open mind and approach each challenge as a new problem you can solve. Bit by bit, you’ll find yourself on your way to mastering your chosen language. With each step you take, your confidence will improve, and you’ll begin to see more and more options ahead of you!
How To Start Coding in 3 Steps
Finally, perhaps the best step you can take today is to get started learning.
Lots of people think about learning a new programming language, but few actually take the steps to do so.
Just starting somewhere, anywhere, with a topic of interest will start you down your path, and quickly compound to increase your knowledge and abilities.
There are plenty of resources on this site to help you out, and we’ve even put together this quick getting started guide.
If you’re interested in learning how to code there are a ton of resources available to you.
In fact, I believe there are almost too many options for beginners, which leads many individuals bouncing back and forth between different systems without a clear plan of action.
In this post I’ll provide a brief getting started guide that will help you find the track that’s right for you.
Step 1: Choose Your Language
This is the first major step of learning to program, and is a decision that you shouldn’t take lightly. It could direct the course of your entire programming interests and career.
The first part of the decision comes down to whether you want to work with the front end or the back end.
Back end languages, on the other hand, tend to take on the heavier algorithmic lifting. These languages form the backbone of most major pieces of software, and deal with everything from controlling step by step logic of a program to securely storing information in a database.
You can read more about choosing a language to start with here.
Step 2: Establish a Plan
Once you’ve chosen a language to work with, your next step is to set a clear plan that you’re going to follow.
Chances are, if you’re a newbie, you don’t yet know enough about programming even to ask the right questions about what you should learn.
For that reason, I strongly recommend all beginners to invest in a training course. Working with an established course will make sure you cover all of your bases, and can learn everything you need to in a digestible, easy to follow way.
You can start with free resources like CodeSchool (which has a 1 month free trial) to get your feet wet, but if you’re serious about ramping up your skills, you should consider more in depth courses like those provided by Thinkful.
Step 3: Start Coding
Finally, the only real way to learn how to code is to start coding.
You can read all the blogs and books you want, but nothing is going to give you experience like a hands on, trial by fire approach.
Unfortunately, even getting through this step can be a challenging process, since before you start programming you’re going to need to set up your system with the right software and tools.
That’s one of the reasons I think programs like CodeSchool are so great: they have a browser-based system setup for you, so you can begin playing around with your chosen language online, without having to worry about configuring your own computer correctly.
Click here to get started with a free trial from CodeSchool.