Why learn how to program?
Programming is one of just a few activities that allows you to create something using just your creativity and skills. Writing a fictional novel comes to mind as another. It’s no coincidence then that programmers refer to what they do as “writing code.” If you like to create or build things, then you will probably like programming. And if you like what you do, then imagine going to work that no longer seems like work.
In addition to creating things, every industry and every job is changing. Learning how to program helps you to stay relevant. And you learn how to solve problems that you can apply no matter what you do.
In the end though, it still comes back to the joy of creating something useful or fun with only your time and thought needed. Once your program is ready, you don’t need to manufacture it or worry about small parts not suitable for children. You can give it away, or sell it, or just use it for your own personal needs. Programming puts you in control and you get to have fun at the same time.
Why join Take Up Code?
Lots of people learn how to program on their own but even more try this path and give up. Joining Take Up Code gives you a community where you can learn and interact with your instructor and others. You learn at your own pace with guidance and support.
You get to learn how to program with real projects that go beyond anything you will find in a book or bootcamp. We’re just getting started with the projects but already you will have access to a unit test framework and a protocol buffer compiler. If you don’t know what these are yet, that’s okay, you’ll learn all about them and how to build your own projects.
There’s no long term commitments with Take Up Code. If you’re just curious about programming and not sure if you will like it, then this gives you the chance to try programming for a few weeks. Or if you are sure programming is right for you but want to take a two week vacation, then you only need to pay for the classes you want to attend instead of wasting months of tuition.
And because of the community and direct access to your instructor, you can learn about and explore many different specialties. Just like there are general practitioner doctors and specialists, there are specialist programmers too.
Take Up Code is for your level of programming whatever that is. If you have never written anything, you’ll discover the joy of creating your first program right away. And if you are a senior software development engineer already working full time, then you know that there’s always more to learn.
What to expect?
We all learn best when the learning is reinforced with multiple forms. At Take Up Code, you don’t just watch some videos, you don’t just sit down and listen to an instructor, and you don’t just take notes that you might never refer to again. No, you learn by writing your own code, by experimenting, by explaining what you have learned to others, etc. Sure there will be times when the training might start to resemble a classroom with an instructor writing on a whiteboard or typing on a computer while explaining a concept that is used in one of the projects. But there are also times where the project is your own. This makes your learning much more personal and applicable to what you are trying to accomplish.
Have you ever attended a training where you thought, “Well that’s good but I still don’t understand how it applies to what I am trying to do?” At Take Up Code, you get to learn real, applied skills that you are encouraged to begin using right away to build something. You will normally find out that your situation is just slightly different than what was explained. And that’s when the learning really begins. If you can’t figure it out, then you are pushing and expanding your skills. You get to ask about your scenario and you will learn how to adapt topics as you need.
What do you need to begin?
The most important thing you need is a desire to learn how to program. You might already know that you were meant for programming or maybe you are just curious. Or maybe you studied programming many years ago and so much has changed that you just don’t know where to begin. If you have this desire, then you are ready. And if you try programming and discover that you don’t like it as much as you thought, then that knowledge is just as valuable to you.
You should also have a computer. If you are attending the classes in-person, then you should have a laptop computer that you can bring with you to the classes. And if you’re attending classes remotely from home or while traveling, then you will need internet access. It’s better for remote attendance if you have either two monitors or a large monitor so you can watch the presentation while following along with your code.
It doesn’t matter what kind of computer or what operating system is running on your computer. Just be aware that some computers such as some tablets are designed to run only certain apps. Software development programs are available for almost any computer but you will need to be able to install the tools needed to write software in order to program.
How long will it take?
This all depends on how much time you devote to learning how to program. For a dedicated person starting from the very beginning, this will be about two years. You will still have plenty of time to continue a full-time job or school while learning how to program. It takes ten thousand hours to become an expert in almost anything. It does not matter if you want to learn a sport, write novels, build houses, or build software. If you put in ten thousand hours over the course of several years, you will find that you’re not just good at what you do, but that you’re one of the best. Don’t let this scare you; you’ll be able to program from the very beginning. The ten thousand hours guideline is what it takes to master a skill. The main thing you should remember is that Take Up code is not a bootcamp where you learn how to build a website in a weekend and then you’re done. If you stick with Take Up code, you will learn professional software engineering. Oh, and you will learn how to build a website too.