While Natalie Bailey has been steaming ahead on her Codecademy course I’ve not even started! I thought it was about time I got in on the action and learnt some coding myself.
At school I hated maths and science based subjects but from the age of 4 I’ve always had a computer. This probably has something to do with my dad; he bought my sisters and I an Atari to play games on (it was the 80s…!). I remember typing in code to get the system running the program I wanted. Maybe I could reign in that very vague knowledge and adapt it to Codecademy? Maybe not…The first steps are quite simple but I find that going away and coming back later a bit detrimental – basically I forget what I’ve just done so the next exercise proves to be difficult! So I decided to stick at it for a bit longer and found this really helped as I got into the swing of things.
At the moment I’m still on the introduction; learning if statements after tackling variables, alerts and prompts. Whilst having a browse through the Codecademy website I’m finding myself getting excited over the prospect of creating my own recipe card or even a game of BlackJack. The cynic inside of me is thinking, “There’s no way you’ll get there!” but it’s really helpful that I can track my progress and aim for the projects that interest me.
Another good thing about Codecademy is the Code Year Initiative that I’ve signed up for. I’m e-mailed a new lesson every Monday so if I forget to do an exercise one week the email is a handy way to remember. I also don’t feel too guilty if I only manage one exercise a week. It’s great for people without much time who want to learn. I’m not the only one who thinks so either, over 100,000 people signed up to Code Year in the first 48 hours of its release.
Coding has become the ‘in thing’ at the moment. There’s lots of opportunities to code, even a one day course giving people an insight into the world of coding. One company in America has set their entire workforce (over 60 people) the task of learning to code. Giving them a new skill set, to promote collaboration and share knowledge. With the Raspberry Pi proving popular too, children are becoming interested in programming; a necessary skill as the I.T world continues to evolve.
So as I join the trend of the moment I wonder if one day I’ll be able to create an app or game as Codecademy suggests. I’m sure it will take me a while but I’m determined to persevere; if only to rival Natalie Bailey – soon there might be two coding ninjas at Web Applications…!