I'm learning to code!
Fun fact, I was getting a computer science degree right as the dot-com bubble burst around 2000. I had thought it could get me a job, and while coding was fascinating I never really paid attention enough to get into it. I switched to psychology, and have been bouncing back and forth between the two ever since.
Now it’s high time I get back into coding. Programming is the modern magic, few understand it, and those that do are in a separate world from the rest of us. You push buttons and new things happen. You enter the liminal space between electricity and reality, mediated by a dazzling variety of machines and circuits.
It’s also clunky, messy, constantly shifting, and often used to make a simple process more complex, or at the whim of someone who has more money than design sense. Or so I hear.
So in the interest of transparency, here’s my journey in learning to code in my 40’s.
I’ve been really enjoying this book, the C# Player’s Guide. It’s a playful journey to learn the C# language, in the style of an adventure in a fictional realm. It even has a map and has you track your XP as you do coding exercises! I’m a quarter of the way through but it’s been very satisfying.
I’ve looked at local bootcamps, notably Alchemy Code Lab but the price was too high.
Update: I’m well into The Odin Project and it’s lovely!
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