Here the big mistakes I see new coders make all the time:
- Switching languages or frameworks frequently, or deluding themselves into thinking they can become proficient in all of them.
- Personalizing their development environment with exotic tools, rather than more conventional tools that can be reliably used while collaborating with others.
- Trying to learn tools like Docker and because they’re new and exciting, even though they haven’t yet mastered more fundamental technologies.
If I had to summarize my do-as-I-say-not-as-did advice in one word, it would be: focus.
My question to you is: would you describe your plans for learning to code as focused?
If you feel your plans are focused, you should stop reading now and get back to studying, because I don’t want to say something that might cause you to lose focus.
If you haven’t focused your plans for learning to code yet, I have good news – you can do this right now. But it will take a few minutes and involve making some hard decisions.
- Choose one type of software development that interests you enough to define your career: web, mobile, gaming or embedded. I recommend web because it’s flexible. There are a ton of jobs and a ton of learning resources. If you’re passionate about something other than web development, leave this post and google search “getting started in _____ development” and go all-in on it!
Once you’ve made these decisions, the path forward is simple. Keep your sanity by ignoring the hype surrounding new tools. Keep your momentum by working through your chosen curriculum seven days a week, even if it’s only for half an hour at a time. Keep your confidence by trusting the judgement you made with today’s decisions.
And remember: with patience, any able-minded person can become a great coder, and that includes you.
Teacher @ Freecodecamp