Learning To Program: 5 Things You Need To Start A Succesful Programming Journey

Learning to program, to be honest, is not easy, but with the right tools, proper mindset, and a clear roadmap it becomes surprisingly easy. As you know coding or programming is one of the best-paying jobs out there and you can easily get there with hard work, dedication, and most importantly consistency. So before you start this programming journey, I have come up with some of the best things you should have or do so that you can learn to program efficiently and easily.

1. Clear Learning Roadmap.

What’s a clear roadmap? Well, it’s carefully crafted step-by-step guides and plans on what you want to learn or achieve in a specific period. It is one of the most important things to master when you’re still starting on your journey of learning to program. For you to succeed in this, you’re required to have a clear and achievable goal, and remember consistency is the key here.

Now that you know this, how do you set up this roadmap? Well, here is how

a. Chose what you want to do.

There are many things you can do in programming, from building web apps, mobile applications, desktop applications, and even programming that’s done at the hardware level. Chose one that is good for you. I have seen people jump from one tutorial to the other from one programming language to the other in the name of learning, only to end up in tutorial hell. I’m not saying learning multiple languages or learning from different people is bad but it’s better to stick to one until you get something tangible and only change when you don’t benefit the way you expected

b Narrow it down to what you want to learn to program

Let’s say you want to learn web development, which is broad. The best thing to do is to narrow it down to the backend or front-end. And even if you decide on native application development just narrow it down to one platform first. You can always branch to the other platforms later.

c. Choose the tech stack you want to learn.

First of all, a tech stack? It is a collection of libraries, software, APIS, programming languages, frameworks, and storage needed to help you create your application to completion. An example, say you want to build a blog you can decide to use this tech stack, Django, Postgres, Html, Css, and Javascript. If you want to create an Android application you’ll probably need Java or Kotlin or React Native combined with Firebase.

There are other popular tech stacks such as MEAN, MERN, and MEVN you can read about them for more.

2. Equipment And Gears To Help You In Learning To Programm

Before you start this programming journey you need to generally have a place you’ll write, store and run your codes. That is you need to have

a. A Descent Laptop

The laptop must have at least 4 GB RAM and 500 GB ROM, and 2.5gh which is just enough to get you going. But, the type and power of your laptop will depend on the type of development you’ll be doing. For example, if you’ll be doing web front-end, you won’t need a powerful laptop because building webpages don’t demand much power. On the other hand, if you are going to learn to program iOS, or Android apps or games. For that, you’ll need to have a powerful laptop that can do the work of designing, testing, rendering, and building the apps. If you’ll be doing Android app development on Android Studio, for example, you will need a laptop of either 8GB RAM. If it’s game development then you’ll require an even more powerful laptop.

b. Good Internet Connection

You can install a router if you don’t have one already because in this programming journey you’ll be googling a lot and watching many tutorials online on learning to program and all these require you to have a stable internet connection. Don’t beat yourself though, if you don’t have that you can always use your phone’s internet. Just tether your phone to the laptop or create a hotspot, and you are good to go.

c. Good Headphones.

You may not need this but trust me programming requires you to focus for a long period on a particular thing and for that, you need to have silence to avoid any distractions from outside.

d. Storage Devices

This is required for you to store your codes and projects for safekeeping just in case your laptop crashes. This way you can carry your code anywhere and be able to work on them asap. You can also back your codes in Google Drive or Dropbox too.

3. Development Tools

Good development tools can be a huge help when learning to code. VS Code is the most popular; there are others, but I prefer VS Code because it is simple, straightforward, and requires little time to configure to get going. A development tool such as this will help you write code faster, as they have code completion, syntax highlighting, auto-indentation, and more. There are other code editors or IDEs you can choose from; here are some of the more popular ones:  Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and PyCharm.

4. Learning Resources Books

After you’ve known what you want to learn, this is now the time to search for the best learning resources available. You can decide on which books you can use to learn to program, besides books you take particular courses, join a boot camp or just decide to study from some specific website that teaches programming. There are tons of them out there where you and they can help a lot in your programming journey.

a. Courses checkout Udemy, edx.org, Coursera, Envato Tuts+

b. Boot camp checkout Freecodecamp.org, The Odin Project.

b. There are several books for learning programming exmaple ‘Clean Code’ Clean Code: By Robert C. Martin, The Mythical Man-month: By Frederick Brooks you can search and download them for from google search

4. Community

You can’t learn to code alone; for that, you need to join a community of people learning to program just like you. In these communities, you can post any questions and get answers, and you can ask for guidance on some aspects of programming that you can not get anywhere else. There are several communities you can join such as FreeCodeCamp, Stack Overflow, Reddit’s programming subreddit, and Quora, where you can even write articles about what you’ve learned so far. Remember that the more you give back to the community, the more you will learn.

5. Proper Mindset And Dedication

The right mindset and commitment are essential to your success as a programmer. We all know that learning to program is not easy; it takes time to learn programming, so you need patience, dedication, proper focus, and discipline. If you master all this, you will get there in no time. Remember, programming is like learning a work of art; be creative and let your imagination guide you when creating your projects.

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