To say computers are outside of my comfort zone is an understatement. Just ask me to download the latest Apple update and I will convulse at the mouth.
Though, as I sit notably on the south side of 30, it’s embarrassing to admit that I’m not in the know on a lot of things… like how you would go about making a website, an app, or changing my alarm to a song.
Working in the media world, I am no stranger to the value of understanding code, and even, the limitations of not knowing it. But, it’s certainly overwhelming.
Where to start?
The secret is just that. You start.
I enrolled in a 12 week (aka three-month aka quarter of a year) coding course at Coder Factory Academy. And if I can do it, so can you.
Only one lesson deep, I already have two lessons for you:
- You should enrol in a face-to-face class.
Online tutorials aren’t for me. Ask me to watch a five-minute video about coding and you’ll find me playing charades with my cat.
Instead, I found a course that runs from 6pm – 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
The promise being that in three months I will know how to make a web app, and that I will have in fact made my own from scratch.
There are only ten people in my class, yet there are three teachers – and with those ratios it’s likely you’ll see me succeed even more than Richie in the last season of the Bachelor.
- You should learn Ruby on Rails.
Ruby on Rails is the easiest technology stack for beginners to learn. Even the man who developed it wanted to invent a framework that was more simplistic – and true to his word, learning Ruby Rails is a lot like learning how to write.
By the end of the first class, the three-wise-men had me typing code like a kindergartener writes their name – almost illegibly, but with enthusiasm.
I can now make a computer screen display the question, “What is your name?” and when you type in “Sam”, the clever thing displays, “Her name is Sam”.
Will my project be the million-dollar app idea of 2017? I think, no. But, in the same way you wouldn’t criticise a five year old for spelling “thank you mum” wrong, just let me live.
I am not one of those people that says they like exercise when they don’t, or that they like kale when they couldn’t possibly; but, I am telling you – learning to code is actually – dare I say it – fun.
If this sounds like it could be for you, find the course you need.