Learning to Code

This page is slightly different than the rest of my site. This is where I have decided to share my journey to teach myself to code.

I have always had a desire to learn how to program. I took a few computer science classes in college, and I have even attempted to learn how to program apps for iOS by watching videos from Stanford University. I have a reasonable understanding of the basics, but it never went beyond that.

I want to learn to code because whenever I see computer simulations of science and data visualizations, they inspire me. I want to create my own. There is a certain creativity, beauty, and self expression in this type of programming and I want in.

I have tried many different tutorials and books but found them hard to stick with. Recently, I ran across a YouTube channel called The Coding Train and I felt that spark again. As I watch these videos, it feels more like I am watch someone problem-solve and code rather than watching someone teaching how to code. That might sound like a small difference, but I think it is the best way to learn. 

 

Time to learn to code...

 

 

Nature of Code

I have recently bought Dan Shiffman's book The Nature of Code and the plan is to work through the book chapter by chapter. Some of the early material may be a bit straight forward and dare I say easy, but since I really have very little formal training in programming I want to go through everything so I can hopefully build a stronger foundation and fill in any gaps that I have. 

This is where I will be doing my best to document my progress and learning. The plan is complete the book in 2 months and then move on to some more creative work that I can transfer over to my students and my classroom. All aboard!

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