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The Secret to Learning to Code

Practice! Then more practice! And lastly, even more practice!

Practice! Then more practice! And lastly, even more practice!

It’s probably not the answer you were looking for, but it’s the truth. Nothing is going to have a bigger impact on your learning to code then you sticking with it. Stick with it, and you are going to be amazed at what you are able to accomplish.

If you are not familiar with Zed Shaw and his books, Learning Python the Hard Way, and Learn Ruby the Hard Way, we can’t recommend them enough. Shaw is a big advocate of the importance of practice, attention to detail, and sticking with it, above all else.

In the introduction to his book, which you can read for free here, Shaw says:

“As you study this book, and continue with programming, remember that anything worth doing is difficult at first. Maybe you are the kind of person who is afraid of failure so you give up at the first sign of difficulty. Maybe you never learned self-discipline so you can’t do anything that’s “boring”. Maybe you were told that you are “gifted” so you never attempt anything that might make you seem stupid or not a prodigy. Maybe you are competitive and unfairly compare yourself to someone like me who’s been programming for 20+ years.

Whatever your reason for wanting to quit, keep at it. Force yourself.”

The only way to guarantee success is to keep at it. And the best way to guarantee failure is to give up.

Here at Skillcrush we think a lot about the importance of practice and what stops people from sticking with it. Our goal is to make learning fun, exciting, and most importantly, to provide you with the support and motivation to keep at it.

Do you have more ideas for how we can help? Tell us!

You game? If so, take 5 minutes today, and warm up those typing fingers!

To practice…
HTML & CSS
Skillcrush Project Editor
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JavaScript & jQuery
JSFiddle

Ruby
Ruby Monk

Ruby on Rails
Rails for Zombies

Python
Learn Python The Hard Way

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  1. Amy Ton Replied

    Thank you for this… I really needed to hear (read) this! Going on a 4 day streak on learning JavaScript (althought yesterday wasn’t as productive)! Really looking forward to the new features here!

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