The 5 Coding Skills that anyone can acquire self

Have you thought already about to become a software developer? Our guest author gives you tips on what you should learn first, and where you can find the best free resource.

 

Last programmer were searched according to the digital Association Bitkom in Germany alone, 124.000 professionals in the area of IT – including the most frequently. This number is impressive, in the current crisis, she receives an even greater importance: More people than usual are considering a career change – whether voluntarily or out of necessity. Maybe you were thinking about for some time, whether that software development could be Right for you.

In this case, the important question is: What are the five most important Coding Skills with which you should become familiar with, and if you think about whether you should learn programming? Where and how can you get in this complex subject matter without overwhelming yourself entirely?

The good news is that There are many helpful resources that enable you to go free and non-binding, some of the first steps in the direction of the Coding. So you don’t lose the Overview, the Following five recommendations. You can’t work in this order, but you do.

1. Of all the beginning does not have to be difficult – the basics with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

To start with, it was mostly the question: “There are countless programming languages – where should I start?”. In General, you should make sure that the first language is accessible and a great Community features. In addition, it is important to consider what you want to do with the language. With the “triad” of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is, however, rarely completely wrong. This is due to the fact that no one is programming for the Web, comes in these three languages in the past. Very recommended this free course Duke University because it is about some very basic concepts of programming, as well as the three mentioned languages.

2. Be creative and have fun with JavaScript

After that, it could be useful to deepen JavaScript a little bit. But above all, it is this: Have fun! Find out what you can do with your new Knowledge, and how you creative you can use. A tip: In this short Tutorial, you will learn how you programmed the first game with JavaScript – even a very first trip to the artificial intelligence is here.

3. Think like a developer – Ruby and Ruby on Rails

Ruby should not be missing on this list. This has several reasons: first, Ruby is, especially when you apply the language in the development environment, Ruby on Rails – extremely user-friendly. The language is intended to facilitate the life of their users and is read both easy to write. If you learn Ruby, you will also learn to think and solve problems, such as software developers need to do it in their daily work. Secondly, Ruby is unbeatable when it comes to create prototypes of web sites, or Apps as quickly as possible. Therefore, the language is the first choice for entrepreneurs who want to quickly build an MVP. Many well-known and innovative companies use Ruby, and offer interesting Jobs for developers who are proficient in this language. To name just a few: Airbnb, Groupon, Couchsurfing, Shopify.

Absolutely recommended for the ten-hour Ruby-beginners course on code Academy (also, here is some of the basics of programming, so you could enter as a complete novice with this course). Very helpful application tips to Ruby on Rails from the great organization of Rails Girls – a Community of female Rails-users, which has made it a priority to pass on her Knowledge.

4. Data is the new Oil? Then your Python needs to build the refinery

Of course, it could also be that you are already sure that the path in the direction of Data Science to lead. In this case, you should focus definitely on Python, because this language is specialized to large amounts of data to evaluate statistical methods efficiently and gain at the end of concrete recommendations for action for your business or organization. Also on the job market Data to be searched for-Scientists are increasingly urgent. I highly recommend the extensive Python Track of Dataquest, which consists of a number of modules.

5. Last, but definitely not least – UX-Design

Lastly you with a Coding Skill employ that is often neglected too much: It is important that you should set as a budding developer as early as possible with the basics of User Experience design (UX) apart. For those of us who like to please pretty bad usable or unsightly Websites or Apps? Very entertaining this course, offered from Accenture on futurelearn.com is. He takes three weeks, but it requires effort per week, only two hours of their time and learn the basics of UX Design, as well as the necessary Tools, and everything you need to know on the subject of Testing.

Ultimately, there are many ways how you can become a software developer. But one thing is for sure: Once you have the initial knowledge and Skills, you must do one thing: coding, coding, coding. Only if one applies his Knowledge to new problems and challenges, we can develop further. The Good thing is: it makes also the most fun!


Richard O’grady comes from London, and came a few years ago to Berlin – originally, to learn programming. For two years he is part of Le Wagon in Germany and now controls as the Country Manager, the Expansion of the Coding Bootcamps of the company.

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