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Let’s do it

Some things you should consider on your coding journey.

Push through the pain

There are going to be days when you sit in front of your computer and nothing happens. You stare at the screen and the code will not comply with your dexterous instructions. Don’t give up! NEVER give up!

Have a conversation with peers about how they would tackle the problem. Research if it hasn’t been coded before. Check out online forums. Visit coding clubs. Whip out a textbook and delve deeper into the theory.

Persist. Code needs to be akin to the air you breathe.

Don’t make it pretty

We all want our code to be looking like:

But when you’re new to coding, you have to accept that your code will most likely be more:

And that’s OK. Get the basics right. Put effort into having code that works. Revisit later once you’ve leveled up.

Learn the lingo

Want to get ahead of the crowd. Learn the words that surround the coding language you’re interested in. It will make you sound more professional. It wil help you convey meaning in understandable terms so everyone is on the same page.

Syntax rules

So now that you know how to clearly express yourself when engaging with your peers, next would be to actually familiarize yourself with structures within the coding language. What do I mean? Syntax!

Imagine a frame being the structure of the code and picture in the frame what you script that fills in the gaps.

This is what a C++ FOR loop syntax looks like:

for(initialization; condition ; increment/decrement)
{
   C++ statement(s);
}

And this is what it looks like when it actually does something:

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main(){
   for(int i=1; i<=10; i++){
      cout<<"Value of variable i is "<<i<<endl;
   }
   return 0;
}

ABCs

There are no shortcuts. You are the determinant of your success. You need to put those fingers to work. You need to figure out the steps to solve the problem. You need to build it and maybe even rebuild it. You can’t escape the hours that you have to give in order to GET GOOD!

1 thought on “Let’s do it

  1. Great article! I don’t know much about coding. It’s sick tho. Seems hard af. Really cool thing to invest in studying. Smart one.

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