It’s been a while since I’ve updated this site, of course we all get side tracked with life, especially if you’re working another job that’s outside of what you’re trying to learn on the side. After watching a video on a school in New York called Flatirons School – I was inspired to learn more about the school and how they think they can teach anyone to learn to code in 12 weeks, have a 99% employment rate as a coder upon graduation, with no degree and no previous experience in computers and programming. You can watch the video here:
‘Fast track coding academies to good paying jobs.’
One of the things that I find repeated said online with wanna be coders is, “where do I start?” That’s been an ongoing issue for myself as well, even when I find a site that says, ‘this is how to do it.’ I come up with roadblocks in the program downloaded or the training is taught to Mac users (I use a PC, Win 7, 64 bit), or there are other issues where the instructor is not detailed enough and I get caught in a rabbit trail trying to figure out how to do what the tutorial is saying to do.
All that and there are so many choices, the one positive thing I can say is that there is a consensus that learning to code for a beginner with little or no experience, is to look at Rails. Even in the arena of Ruby and Rails followers, there is disagreement on learning Rails first without knowing Ruby first – and then you need to know why you want to learn to code in the first place.
Nothing is secure in this world and I’ve always wanted to work from home or remotely and have a flexible schedule. I enjoy my job right now and it offers me benefits and a regular paycheck. Plus, I have a responsibility to a ministry and staff that I can say makes a difference to thousand of people around the world and indirectly to reach millions for Christ. If I put it that way, I would say, “I’m somebody.” But in reality, I also know that I can always be replaced and I’m not taking it for granted that I will have a job tomorrow. With that said and with my interest in computers since I got my first Commodore 64 back in the 80s and had my first “home computer” hooked up to my old black and white TV set, I’ve always been interested in what’s behind the screen, not the hardware, but what makes it tick. My motivation is to be able to create, design, and have the opportunity that I don’t have right now, if I lost my job or relocated or needed time for family, or illness, I could still work if I needed to from my computer.
Others may be motivated to learn to code because they want to get their idea out and not to have to be subject to a coder taking their ideas and waiting for them to get it right. Money is always an issue when hiring a coder and then being subject to working with someone to make your vision a reality. Whatever your motivation, get started, do research and follow a plan.
WHO TO LEARN FROM
So, if you’ve been looking around doing research you’ve found the same online schools that I’ve found. Aren’t you glad you don’t need to spend 4 years in college to do this? Yes for me as I don’t have the time and money to go to college. When I was in college only the nerdy, mathematicians and science majors where looking at studying computer science and programming. Now, with the internet everyone can learn to code and learn enough to start businesses, and find jobs.
STARTING Where Flatiron Students Begin
There are a ton of schools and videos that you could start with so I went to the website for the Flatiron School and looked up where they start their students before they start their coursework. Applying to the Flatiron school is not an option for me at this time as they only do their 12 week programs in-person and in New York city. So, I’m doing the next best thing, I read that their students are required to go through 150 hours of online training from three online sites to get a good foundation. Since it’s so challenging to know where to start, this is where I am going to begin and try, try, try, not to get side tracked when I can’t figure out a piece of what I’m going through. This is where my blog will be going, on the journey to learn how to learn Ruby on Rails. Here’s a link to the prework for the Flatiron school.