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  • Hey YouTube so as I mentioned in a previous video I didn't study computer science or Computer Engineering as my major at my university

  • Instead I was studying statistics

  • but on the side

  • I learned to code mostly on my own and eventually I became good enough to get a job at Google as a full-time software engineer

  • So I briefly talked about how I learned to code in the same video, but in this video

  • I wanted to go into more detail, so I'm gonna talk about my personal

  • Experience first about how I learned to code

  • But if you just want to find my recommendation about what you should do, you should just skip over to this time in this video

  • So here are the 4 steps

  • I personally used to learn to code. First of all I took a few summer courses during my summer break

  • So the first course

  • I took was an introductory programming course it covered topics like loops, variables, if statements, and

  • functions, and then the second course I took was on data structures and algorithms. It covered topics like trees, graphs, hash tables,

  • Searching, and sorting these two courses were both taught using Java

  • After I took those courses I decided to learn more on my own

  • I heard that you can use something called "Ruby on Rails" to build websites

  • And I wanted to build a website

  • So I decided to learn Ruby on Rails and "Ruby" which Ruby on Rails is based on. And to learn Ruby,

  • I use the website called The Pragmatic Programmer, and to practice using it

  • I use this other website called Project Euler which gives you a ton of simple programming problems to solve. To learn Ruby on Rails

  • I used Rails for Zombies, which is an interactive website for learning how to use Ruby on Rails. And step 3

  • I started working on a bunch of personal projects. My first real personal project was going to be like the reddit of Japan

  • Partly because I'm originally from Japan and I was living in Japan at the time

  • Working on this project was really helpful for understanding how Ruby on Rails works

  • How Ruby works and also how web technologies in general work. Through this project,

  • I also learned the importance of asking for help. You know, when you're new to programming

  • It's so easy for you to get stuck, and I think it's really important for you to just ask for help

  • You can do this virtually through websites like Stack Overflow,

  • Facebook groups, or reddit, or in person if you know someone who knows how to code in person.

  • And then, using the skills and connections I developed, partly through my projects.

  • I got a few technical internships. These technical internships were really helpful for developing my skills further.

  • because I started getting feedback on my code from my colleagues, and

  • I started learning a lot more a lot faster than on my own.

  • In between those internships, and even when I had one of those internships.

  • I kept working on more personal projects. That was partly because it was just fun, and partly because I wanted to build more skills.

  • And after all that I started working on my technical interview skills,

  • And eventually I got a job at Google as a full-time software engineer. So if you're just getting started with programming

  • or if you're a complete beginner

  • What should you do exactly? I'd recommend the following four steps

  • first of all, you should learn the basics of programming through one of those interactive websites.

  • I personally recommend Codeacademy, but I also heard that freeCodeCamp is also pretty good

  • If you're not sure which language to get started with, I do recommend either Python or JavaScript

  • after that, start working on a personal project

  • It could be a website, an app, or automating a simple task. As you work on your project, keep learning more through those

  • Interactive websites. And for more advanced topics that those websites don't cover, I'd recommend Lynda.com

  • And Udemy. Step number 3! As you work on your personal project

  • I think one important aspect here is the community aspect.

  • If programming is something that's totally new for you, it's probably gonna be really hard.

  • And so, it's really important for you to be able to get help from others through online or offline communities. So try using

  • websites like Stack Overflow,

  • Meetup.com, and Facebook groups and events to find relevant communities.

  • Step number 4! Try getting an internship

  • Or a job, ideally a paid one

  • Once you do, you should be able to learn even more quickly, because

  • You'll be able to get some feedback from your colleagues on your code. And those are the four steps

  • I would personally use to learn to code today. If you have extra time and money to spare, going through a coding bootcamp, or

  • Even getting a degree from a university might also be a good option

  • Okay, if you're curious about a more general strategy I used for getting a job at Google

  • there's a video about that, and if you're wondering which programming languages you should learn, I have a video about that too

  • And let me know in the comment section below about what kind of videos I should make in the future. I'm YK from

  • CS Dojo, and I'll see you in the next video!

Hey YouTube so as I mentioned in a previous video I didn't study computer science or Computer Engineering as my major at my university

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    安東尼 posted on 2018/08/16
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