Who decides how old one is, and how far they can go to learn something new?
You’re right! No one ever decides that. We think learning and coding will always remain in trend, no matter who old we are.
If you go around the streets asking a bunch of people if they are interested in learning to write code, the most probable answer would be a yes. However, you will also find a couple of people who are absolutely willing to learn but cite reasons like, “We are too old to learn it.”
You are never too old to learn something as long as you are interested.
If you do not believe us, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Does the world of Internet fascinate you?
2. Are you willing to learn?
3. Are you willing to take the time to practice?
If your answer to all the above questions is a yes, congratulations! You’re not too old to code.
Where do you begin your coding journey?
While you’ve been asking yourself this million dollar question, we have compiled a list of five things you need to keep in mind before you begin.
1. What’s the purpose?
It is always easy to learn something when it has a goal and a purpose. Find yours too. Figure out what you are trying to create after you learn to code. Are you trying to create an app that will lead people to the closest ATM centers? Or are you trying to build an app that will help beginners at coding to connect with each other, and code together?
No matter what you are trying to do, make sure you know you know why you’re learning to code.
2. Which language do you pick?
Mark our words when we say you need to put in a lot of research in this stage. Talk to a lot of people, or tech geeks, to be more precise. Ask a lot of questions, find out which languages or platforms and tools are needed for you to build this product. Get them all sorted!
3. Find the best resources.
You should read and refer a lot of material before you start coding. But you shouldn’t stop there. As you code, you should watch a lot of tutorials too. Find the best resources which can simplify your coding journey, and help you with every practice session.
These websites should give you a fair idea on how you could set yourself on the path of coding.
4. Find a mentor.
Perhaps we all need a little push from our teachers and mentors to keep us motivated. Again, you should do a lot of research and use your skills like Sherlock to find yourself the best mentor who can guide you from coding “Hello World” to building a product.
Nevertheless, we’ll give you a piece of good news. If you are unable to find a mentor who you can approach in person, you can find one online. Thank God, the world is digital!
5. Practice and believe.
All said and done, practicing is the crux of the coding. All coders are closet coders before they turn professionals. So, learn and unlearn; code and debug, and code differently each day. If you think you’re doing something wrong, get to know the reason behind it, and see how you could make it better.
We hope this post helps you to begin your coding journey. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about how you can start coding.