A couple of weeks ago I wrote about why I want to learn to code. My goal for this post is to share more about what I’ve been up to, outlining a few resources that have been helpful along the way.
First, a little bit about my background with coding.
I’ve never self-identified as an especially tech savvy person, but I did grow up using computers and adapting to rapidly changing technologies. I’ve been working at tech startups in the California Bay Area for the last few years, by title in marketing and account management, but in practice in doing-whatever-needs-to-get-done (whether that’s acting as a project manager, training new employees, or just taking out the trash). I began dabbling with HTML and CSS while crafting some marketing emails a few years ago, but aside from those markup languages, I had never written a line of code before 9/1/2014.
I’ve been using a variety of resources to build my skills, discovering what works (and doesn’t work) through lots of trial, error, and repetition. Here are some of the resources I’ve found most helpful for getting started:
Mozilla Developer Network. An invaluable reference that I use on the daily! Studying the reference materials (especially for strings and arrays) helped me make some critical breakthroughs on the ‘easy’ Coderbyte challenges.
Stack Overflow. Have a question? People from all over the world are willing to help.
Girl Develop It Workshops. GDI has a lot of resources for women learning to code. I’m fortunate to live in an area where there are a lot of local classes and events, and I go to as many as I can.
Meetups. Find one near you! My goal is to attend at least one code related meetup a week. I’ve met some amazing people at local meetups, many of which have offered (and continue to offer) so much help. The Women Who Code meetups are some of my favorites. It’s great to make learning social.