Computer Programming: A Getting Started Guide

There are many reasons why you might want to learn computer programming. You might have an idea for an app. You might want to work at a company like Facebook or Amazon. Or, you might just be curious about how apps are made. Whatever your reason is, this article will help you get started. I’ll explain how you can start learning computer programming, find good tutorials and continue practicing once you’ve learned the basics.

How to Learn Computer Programming

The first thing to do when learning computer programming is to choose a programming language. Compute programming is all about giving instructions to your computer. Your computer understands many different languages and each of those languages is best used for making different kins of apps. For example, if you want to build a web application (an app that people will use from their web browser), then you’ll want to write your instructions in the JavaScript language.

Thera are a lot of different languages out there. The best way to choose the right one is to think about what you want to do. If you want to get a job at a large tech company like Facebook, look at some job listings and find out which languages someone in that position will need to know. Those are the ones you should learn. If you want to build your own app, try to think of some similar apps and do some research to find out what languages they used.

If you’re not sure what you want to do, I suggest starting with JavaScript. Why JavaScript? JavaScript is the language used by web developers to make web pages interactive. It’s also one of the easiest programming languages to learn. While you learn JavaScript, you’ll be making web pages that will look and act just like the ones you see on the web every day.

How to Find Great Tutorials

Once you’ve chosen a programming language, you need to find great tutorials to learn from. The best place to learn a programming language is the official documentation. Throughout this site, you’ll notice that I mention the documentation a lot. That’s because the faster you learn how to read documentation the faster you can get your dream job or build your app. In order to maintain a job or keep your app up to date, you’l need to keep an eye out for new technologies and be able to learn them quickly. If you know how to read documentation, you don’t have to wit for someone else to make a tutorial about it

Learning from the official documentation is ideal, but if you don’t have a technical background and this is your first programming language, it can be difficult. The next best thing to do is to find tutorials. These tutorials can be YouTube Videos or written articles. There are two main things to look for when searching for tutorials: fundamentals and projects. When you find a tutorial or series of articles or videos about you’re programming language, skim through the article or video and see if you can find any of these words.

  • Variables
  • Arrays
  • Loops
  • Functions
  • Objects or Object Oriented Programming (OOP)

These are the fundamentals of programming. Once you understand how these work, you can learn any programming language with ease.

Along with explaining the fundamentals, a great tutorial also walks you through a project. Projects help you to see how those fundamentals are used in real apps.

If you’re interested in learning JavaScript web development, you should try FreeCodeCamp. They have text based tutorials that you can complete inside your web browser. You won’t have to install anything on your computer. Most of the tutorials are short and go into detail about all the fundamentals. Once you’ve completed those tutorials, FreeCodeCamp provides you with projects that yo can complete.

How to Follow Tutorials

This might be obvious. You read/watch the tutorial and you do what the instructor does, right? That’s the gist of it. But there are a few more things to keep in mind.

I took a software engineering class a few years ago where the professor used a strategy he called “Athletic Software Engineering.” The idea is that you shouldn’t just follow the tutorial, you have to retain the information or process being taught. To do that, you can follow the tutorial first like you normally would and then try to do it again on your own. When you get stuck, watch the tutorial all the way through (or skim it if its an article) and then try to complete the task on your own. Repeat the tutorial over again until you can do it quickly almost without thinking, just as you would repeat physical exercises until they become too easy.

Another tip for following text based tutorials is to avoid copying and pasting code. You should type the code out yourself as much as possible. At first, you’ll make a lot of mistakes, but you’ll learn how to fix them. It’s easy to copy the code and think you understand how it works, but you’ll find that when building projects on your own, you won’t know what to do. If you’ve written the code out yourself, you’re morel likely to remember how to do some of the tasks. And if you’ve had to work through some problems, you’ll really get to know how the code works.

Lastly, once you’ve completed a tutorial, add your own features to the project or try to implement a feature in a different way. By adding your own features and changing the code, you’ll know whether you really understand the content being covered in the tutorial. And, you’ll have a unique project in your portfolio and not jus the classic To Do List.

How to Practice Programming

Once you’ve learned the fundamentals, it’s time to do some programming on your own. But what to program? This might be obvious if you already have an app idea in mind. But if you’re looking for a job, you might be wondering what to do next?

Projects

When you apply for a job at a large tech company, you’ll want to send them a portfolio. The portfolio should have a few projects that show them that you can do the job you’re applying for.

If you want to be a front end developer (the person who writes all the code for the app the user sees), then you can try Frontend Mentor. They provide web page and website designs just like the ones you’ll be getting on the job. You’re challenge is to build a web page that looks exactly like the design.

Another approach to finding projects is to think of your favorite apps and try to build them yourself. For example, if you like Facebook Messenger, build an app that lets you send messages to other users on the app. You don’t have to implement all the features, just the main ones.

If you’re really stuck and don’t know what to work on next, Florin Pop has a collection of app ideas for all kinds of developers, front end or back end. Many of these apps ideas will help you show that you can do common app development tasks like getting dat from a server. Others are just fun projects like making games.

Solving Problems

Another part of the job seeking process is the interview. When applying for a job at a tech company, you’ll have to pass something called a technical interview. That’s when one of the developers at the company gives you a programming problem, and you have to think through it and solve it for them. The goal of these interviews is for the company to get an idea of how you think and solve problems.

You can use websites like LeetCode to help you prepare for these coding interviews. They have thousands of problems that cover all the fundamentals. Some of the questions on the sight have been tagged for companies like Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. those questions have been marked by others who have applied to jobs at these companies and that problem was on the technical interview.

If you’re not looking for a job but want to try coding problems anyway, there are other websites like Code Wars that make it fun to practice your programming skills. You might find that you really like solving programming problems. If that’s the case, you could try competitive programming on a site like Code Forces. They have contests every week to see who can come up with the best solution to a problem. Some tech companies like Google and Facebook also host these kinds of contests every year. The winner gets a large cash prize and. job at the company!

Wrapping Up

On this site you’ll find project based tutorials for the JavaScript programming language. Within those tutorials, I explain the fundamentals that are used to build the project. I’ll also be solving programming problems and explaining the fundamentals involved in those too.

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