What advice would you give to someone new to coding?
katyadee (1084)

In the spirit of our new ask features...

  • What advice would you give to a newbie?
  • And what advice do you wish someone had given you?
  • What advice would you give me, personally?
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theangryepicbanana (687)

To a newbie, I'd say: choose something that looks cool to you, not just what everyone else is doing. If you choose to do what everyone else does, you most likely won't find it very fun. I'd also say: don't start with some big huge project. Start small, and work your way up. Starting big will only frustrate you.
For me, I wish that someone had told to look past the code snippets. When I first began coding in JS, Java, Ruby, and Python; I'd always just copy+paste code that I found elsewhere, and slightly modify it for my needs. It wasn't until I revisited Ruby that I finally "got" programming.
To you, I'd say: learning one language pretty well is good, but once you're done, try something else. I think that learning a variety of different languages helps you understand ones you already know, better.