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.

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From Slacker to Hacker, Practical Tips for Learning to Code

  1. 1. Slacker to Hacker Brian Sierakowski BohConf XLVII 2013-07-19 Practical tips for learning to code
  2. 2. Brian Sierakowski On the Internet: http://www.smartlogic.io twitter.com/bsierakowski github.com/bsierakowski Director of Client Services
  3. 3. DISCLAIMER
  4. 4. DISCLAIMER
  5. 5. What is programming?
  6. 6. Programming is where very smart nerds tell computers what to do.
  7. 7. Programming is where very smart nerds tell computers what to do.
  8. 8. Programming is where very smart nerds tell computers what to do.
  9. 9. 1. Ignore Nuances
  10. 10. 1. Ignore Nuances
  11. 11. 1. Ignore Nuances
  12. 12. 1. Ignore Nuances A = 2 B = 4 C = A + B C == 6
  13. 13. 1. Ignore Nuances 'C' (and things like 'C,') are called variables.
  14. 14. 2. Don't get stuck on the "right way to do it"
  15. 15. 2. Don't get stuck on the "right way to do it"
  16. 16. 2. Don't get stuck on the "right way to do it"
  17. 17. 3. Learn One Thing at a Time
  18. 18. 3. Learn One Thing at a Time Don't start coding with VIM :).
  19. 19. 3. Learn One Thing at a Time
  20. 20. 4. Leverage Popular Frameworks
  21. 21. 5. Use Well Worn Tutorials
  22. 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. 23. 6. Know when to call an expert
  24. 24. 6. Know when to call an expert
  25. 25. 6. Know when to call an expert
  26. 26. 7. Build Something Real!
  27. 27. 7. Build Something Real! VS "It's a social network, but for batmobiles!" A Real Thing A Not Real Thing
  28. 28. 8. Invest in 'product design'
  29. 29. 8. Invest in 'product design'
  30. 30. 8. Invest in 'product design'
  31. 31. 9. Use your background
  32. 32. 9. Use Your Background
  33. 33. 10. Some things are hard...
  34. 34. 10. Some things are hard... Concurrency
  35. 35. 10. Some things are hard... Asynchrony
  36. 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. 37. 10. Some things are hard.
  38. 38. b-b-b-bonus tip: Give it some time.
  39. 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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