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From Slacker to Hacker, Practical Tips for Learning to Code

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Get help learning to code with this tip from your fellow student Brian Sierakowski, of SmartLogic.

Get help learning to code with this tip from your fellow student Brian Sierakowski, of SmartLogic.

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  • 1. Slacker to Hacker Brian Sierakowski BohConf XLVII 2013-07-19 Practical tips for learning to code
  • 2. Brian Sierakowski On the Internet: http://www.smartlogic.io twitter.com/bsierakowski github.com/bsierakowski Director of Client Services
  • 3. DISCLAIMER
  • 4. DISCLAIMER
  • 5. What is programming?
  • 6. Programming is where very smart nerds tell computers what to do.
  • 7. Programming is where very smart nerds tell computers what to do.
  • 8. Programming is where very smart nerds tell computers what to do.
  • 9. 1. Ignore Nuances
  • 10. 1. Ignore Nuances
  • 11. 1. Ignore Nuances
  • 12. 1. Ignore Nuances A = 2 B = 4 C = A + B C == 6
  • 13. 1. Ignore Nuances 'C' (and things like 'C,') are called variables.
  • 14. 2. Don't get stuck on the "right way to do it"
  • 15. 2. Don't get stuck on the "right way to do it"
  • 16. 2. Don't get stuck on the "right way to do it"
  • 17. 3. Learn One Thing at a Time
  • 18. 3. Learn One Thing at a Time Don't start coding with VIM :).
  • 19. 3. Learn One Thing at a Time
  • 20. 4. Leverage Popular Frameworks
  • 21. 5. Use Well Worn Tutorials
  • 22. 5. Use Well Worn Tutorials 1. The Ruby on Rails Tutorial http://ruby.railstutorial. org/ 2. Learn python the hard way (Or, learn * the hard way) http://learnpythonthehardway.org/ 3. Rails for Zombies - http://railsforzombies.org/
  • 23. 6. Know when to call an expert
  • 24. 6. Know when to call an expert
  • 25. 6. Know when to call an expert
  • 26. 7. Build Something Real!
  • 27. 7. Build Something Real! VS "It's a social network, but for batmobiles!" A Real Thing A Not Real Thing
  • 28. 8. Invest in 'product design'
  • 29. 8. Invest in 'product design'
  • 30. 8. Invest in 'product design'
  • 31. 9. Use your background
  • 32. 9. Use Your Background
  • 33. 10. Some things are hard...
  • 34. 10. Some things are hard... Concurrency
  • 35. 10. Some things are hard... Asynchrony
  • 36. 10. Some things are hard... Ruby on Rails: AJAX-y Stuff: brian = User.find_by_first_name("Brian") brian.last_name = "Sierakowski" brian.save! @user = new App.Model.User(firstName: 'Brian') @user.fetch() @user.set 'lastName', 'Sierakowski' Computer Says: No prob bob! Computer Says: What? Who are you talking about?
  • 37. 10. Some things are hard.
  • 38. b-b-b-bonus tip: Give it some time.
  • 39. Questions? http://www.smartlogic.io http://www.twitter.com/smartlogic http://www.github.com/smartlogic http://www.facebook.com/smartlogic

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