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Is coding black magic? And other important coding questions answered!

Did you miss our Skillcrush Friday afternoon hangout session? No worries! You can still get the good stuff!

In this video I answer some SUPER important questions and offer my top 4 tips for how to make your coding learning experience a runaway success! You will learn:

  • Whether coding is black magic
  • If you have to be a genius or wunderkind to learn to code
  • What programming language you should learn FIRST
  • What key things you have to do to set yourself up for learning success
  • Whether as a self-taught coder you really are competitive in the job market
  • And much, much, more!

I also shared my favorite book on learning HTML & CSS: Jon Duckett’s book (appropriately named) HTML & CSS. I plumb forgot to mention my other TWO favorite books, which are: Visual Quickstart Guide to JavaScript by Tom Negrino & Dori Smith (excellent for getting down with your JavaScript fundamentals), and The Book of Ruby by Huw Collingbourne (which is my FAVORITE FAVORITE intro to Ruby).

And apologies for all the silly faces. What. Can. I. Say. :P

Adda Birnir

Adda is not only the CEO and founder of Skillcrush, but also an instructor. With her self-taught tech skills, she’s worked on building sites for the New York Times, ProPublica and MTV.

When Adda isn’t developing or teaching on Skillcrush, she enjoys watching Hall & Oates videos on YouTube.

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9 comments

  1. whenwhathuh Replied

    Thanks for recording the hangout. Just watched and ready for class tomorrow.

  2. JackiJinx Replied

    I don’t know if you personally know python, but as I’ve gotten deep into the language in the past month, I was wondering if there were any books you could recommend on it. I’ve been going through Udacity and feel they’re doing a good job with that, but yeah. Always nice to have an extra reference.

    I have one more question: I like in New York (State, but not far from the city), and I want to know where the best places to look are for finding jobs when barely knowing anything. And how the heck do you start to build a Python portfolio?

    And just to clarify on my skills, I know basic HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Python. I did take a class in C++ back in 2008, but haven’t used it much since. And I also have a B.A. in Comm Media: Media Management.

    • KhalilDaCoder Replied

      To JackiJinx… Book – Learn Python The Hard Way by Zed Shaw

      • JackiJinx Replied

        Thank you for the suggestion. However, I am more looking for a desk reference, a physical book as opposed to a site/pdf file.

      • Guest Replied

        Learn Python The Hard Way by Zed Shaw is a physical book (I have a copy) but it seems as though you are well past the beginning stages of learning the language, so it may not be much help to you. But please pass that info on to someone who is a beginner with Python (Like MySelf). I think that it is a great resource that not only takes you from the very beginning, but teaches you the command line, how to download python, gives you exercises and gives you a basic platform that prepares you down the line to be able to tackle any program with no fear.

      • KhalilDaCoder Replied

        Tried to delete the above repetitive post but somehow couldn’t. My apologies for the picture being posted. Not my intention!

      • KhalilDaCoder Replied

        Learn Python The Hard Way by Zed Shaw is a physical book (I have a copy) but it seems as though you are well past the beginning stages of learning the language, so it may not be much help to you. But please pass that info on to someone who is a beginner with Python (Like MySelf). I think that it is a great resource that not only takes you from the very beginning, but teaches you the command line, how to download python, gives you exercises and gives you a basic platform that prepares you down the line to be able to tackle any program with no fear. Hope this helps. Peace and Blessings JackLinx

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