Follow up to “So You Wanna Learn How to Code? Going from Zero to Programmer Hero in One Guide, for Great Justice”.
I’m currently working as a computer programmer at a start-up in Chicago. I’m getting paid to write code. It’s pretty neat. Most notably, I was not a Computer Science major in college, and I only took two CS classes. I got the job nearly entirely through about 700 hours of self study.
Best of all, you can do it too!
I wrote a guide on how to go from “zero to hero” in computer programming. I got a lot of people I know who program to contribute. I think it’s a pretty good guide, linking a few resources together into a coherent curriculum. In fact, I think it is the best guide you could find, short of working full-time to develop a complete online curriculum of their own.
Well, turns out someone did work full-time to develop a complete online curriculum of their own.
Enter The Odin Project.
Visit there, and find a complete curriculum, focused on Ruby on Rails, that takes you from zero to hero in a fulfulling way. Best of all, they focus on doing projects, so you actually learn by doing.
I went through it and now, after a few months, I’ve completed the curriculum in entirety. I must say, I’m forced to admit defeat. I find it much easier, more thorough, and more motivating than my own guide. I recommend people follow through it instead of follow my own guide.
…That being said, I do have some modifications I’d like to see to The Odin Project. So consider doing The Odin Project, except with the following modifications. I advise that you read these notifications in their entirety before starting The Odin Project, and then follow them as they come up.