I remember having a great sense of accomplishment when I finished it,but feeling like I've only touched the surface and pretty hungry for more code!
With so much unknown territory to familiarise yourself with, it can become a pretty hefty task trying to figure out the best roadmap to get the most out of your coding journey.
I’ve put together a few go-to's which helped me in my coding journey but before I reveal them, one of the most important things you need to know and remember is that technology is evolving rapidly — there is lots to learn and trying to learn everything about something is just not possible and not necessary. This one point is what makes this industry so unique — you never stop learning, and as long as you enjoy learning, you will forever feel challenged! Don’t get bogged down trying to become the master of everything.
1. Train your Brain
Having experienced it first hand, yes, your first few challenges can be a bit daunting, but once you’ve worked through them, you’ll quickly find it’s worth it. Keep at it, and you will be addicted — solving complex problems and improving your skills without even realising it. Overall, it's a fantastic way to add to your learning as it gets you into the ‘write, test and debug’ loop characteristic of productive coding. If you want extra tips for using Codewars as a repetitive practice, read this blog!
Maybe join a Clan and get involved with some healthy competition!
2. Test Yourself on FreeCodeCamp
They have a big online community including forums and chat rooms. You can use these to ask for help or opinions, and if you notice someone having trouble with something that you may have encountered but successfully solved, then this is your chance to offer some guidance and simultaneously gain some confidence in problem-solving other people’s code — a much-desired skill by employers.
3. Be curious!
When you are not busy giving your brain a workout on Codewars, take some time to explore the resources that are freely available to you.
Explore and make the most of what is within your reach.
Watch — If you enjoy watching videos, YouTube is fab to pick up on subjects that you may find difficult or need further explanation. Below are some channels that I follow and have found to be very useful during my coding journey:
Read — If you fancy a bit of reading, Medium is a great platform where people write their experiences, blog about subjects and offer advice to their readers. Maybe read up on a specific feature, follow step-by-step explanations or just learn about what’s going on in the tech scene. Publications to keep an eye on for sure include Codeburst and Hackernoon.
Listen — If like me, you spend quite some time commuting or need some background noise when doing boring tasks, Code Newbie is a useful podcast to listen to! They have built a supportive, international community that releases weekly chats aimed at people who are brand new to code. Great place to pick up top tips and become familiar with what life like a developer could look like.
Talk — Find people like you! Meetups, Hackathons and Tech events are a great way to meet and work with people who share your energy and curiosity in code. Whether you work on a small project in a team, attempt to solve a kata with someone or just talk with people, you will significantly benefit while growing your network too. You may even come across some advice that will help you decide on what may come next in your journey.