Jul 13 2012

Learning to Code, Part 4

Tag:Tag , Cyn @ 23:38

After look­ing around at the Q&A forums at CodeA­cad­emy and find­ing that most of the other begin­ners are as lost as I am, I’ve decided that maybe I’m stuck on the cur­rent les­son because the author just isn’t very good, rather than because I can’t under­stand the con­tent. A friend has offered to write up a tuto­r­ial for me going over the same mate­r­ial, and I’ve requested a book from the library, too. Between those too, I should be able to get past this hump.

In the mean­time, I’ve dis­cov­ered that I can link to my pro­file there as a lit­tle brag, show­ing all the courses I’ve com­pleted! It’s a small thing, but I like it.

I decided to splurge and give Lynda.com, which is NOT free, a try, as it was also rec­om­mended by Life­hacker. A monthly fee gives you unlim­ited access to all of their tuto­ri­als, and there are scads of them. They had all the sub­jects in which I am cur­rently inter­ested, and the fee is less than the price of one tech­ni­cal book.

Unfor­tu­nately, watch­ing a video, even while fol­low­ing along with the exer­cise files, just isn’t as effec­tive for me as doing exer­cises hands-on a la CodeA­cad­emy. I have got­ten a bet­ter intro­duc­tion to the Fun­da­men­tals of Pro­gram­ming from Lynda.com, I think, but then I watched a video course ded­i­cated solely to that topic. Of course, if you learn bet­ter from videos, you might find it the bees knees. I am lik­ing the fact that I can watch the videos on my iPad, and appar­ently I could also access them from my phone if I wished to watch on a tiny screen.

I’ll keep using the site for the rest of the month, since I’ve paid for it, but I don’t think I’ll be renew­ing after the one month.

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