Coding is becoming one of the most popular things that people are attempting to learn while they have so much extra time in lockdown. People who can code and are good at it are known to make a lot of money, many Americans are aware of this and are hoping to learn some code while they have the chance so they can ditch their own jobs.

Some people are hoping to join the tech industry, many students have also expressed an interest in learning how to code and many people are just interested in tech and just want to know what all the hype is about, the one thing all these people have in common is that they don’t know where to start. Your first steps into coding are always the hardest, to begin with, coding will seem very intimidating but if you have a good plan in place and you stick to it you’ll start to pick up coding in no time. Keep reading if you want to find out how to make a start in coding this year.

 

Choose the software that you want to learn.

There are hundreds of various software’s available that you can learn coding on, they all have different uses and meet different needs so before you start to think of a project, think about what it is that you want to code first and choose a software that will accommodate for this. If you’re wanting to transition to the tech industry then do some research on what programs are most commonly used in the jobs you’ll want to get, one of the most widely used programmers is Python. Make sure that your computer is compatible with the program you’re wanting to learn too!

Make use of the free resources.

Coding is one of many things that you can find out all the information that you need for free on the internet. There are so many resources available that no matter what your learning style you’ll be able to find something that works for you. A good first step is to read a book before jumping right in as this will help you to develop an understanding of the theory side of programming which will make it much easier when you start. Another option is there is plenty of Youtube series’ that split the content into small videos so they’re easy to learn and digest. If you’re strapped for time then there are plenty of podcasts too so you can learn all about coding whilst shopping for your groceries. Once you start there will be hundreds of useful websites that will provide you with tips to help you progress, when we gave coding ago we found the tech tips at softwaretesttips.com was really helpful.

Make sure you network.

Whilst all of these free resources are extremely helpful and the best way to get started, what is more, helpful is finding people who share your interest and creating your own little coding community. This is one of the most important things to be successful in coding as when you get stuck there are people who can help and these people will encourage you to commit to learning coding, a good place to meet people is Reddit.

Pay for classes.

If you’ve tried all of the free resources and already asked your new coding friend hundreds of questions and you still can’t seem to grasp it then luckily for you there are coding classes that you can attend. Having a teacher sit and help you is the best way to learn coding without a doubt so don’t despair, with these classes you’ll master coding in no time.

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