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Ten Best Programming Books for Beginners 2021

Call me old fashioned.

Few things feel better in my hands than a printed, perfect bound, glossy-covered, programming book. 

When I started coding in 1986 at the age of twelve, the only way to learn to code was from books.  I was the kid, by the pool at my Grandmother's reading Programming the Commodore 64 (highly recommended) or the ever-popular Creating Arcade Games on the Commodore 64

I guess old habits die hard, because, today, in the age of Kindle, and online courses, my go-to is still a printed book for learning.  I still have a room full of printed books, and buy new ones each week.

Regardless of whether you read printed books or the kindle version, programming books can be enormously helpful in learning to code.  

These are the Ten Best Programming Books for Beginners:

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Jobs for Software Developers: What Programming Language Should I Learn?

careers jobs languages Jan 20, 2021
 

When it comes to jobs for software developers, you’ll hear a lot from developers about what languages or libraries you should learn and which aren’t that important. But, honestly, a lot of this discussion is based around feelings and shiny object syndrome.

Developers are naturally curious and love learning new things, so new technologies catch their attention, and, sometimes, older technologies-- the ones developers are actually using, aren’t discussed as much.  This can give new developers a misimpression about what’s important to learn and what can get them an actual job.

Since opinions are like buttholes-- everyone's got one and they all stink-- I wanted to use actual data for this discussion. So, I went to Indeed.com and looked at the data for some of the most common technologies that people are hiring for. 

I also looked at the number of jobs that are specifically earmarked for entry-level developers.  This data is by no means...

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JavaScript Projects for Beginners

 

Projects are a great way to improve skills for new developers. Often coding skills are taught in isolation-- and it's difficult to integrate different skills to solve real coding problems. That's where projects come in. In this article, we'll list a number of JavaScript Projects for Beginners that are both fun to build, and that you'll learn from.

Why Build JavaScript Projects?

Aside from the educational value of building projects, there are practical reasons to build projects. Perhaps the most important reason is to build a portfolio of work that potential employers or recruiters can use to assess your skills and learning progress. 

I recommend JavaScript (and related technologies HTML and CSS) for building your portfolio not just because it's the most deployed language in the world, but because it's universal.  Potential employers will be able to see the result right on their laptop or mobile device.  

When it comes to portfolios there are actually two types of...

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Web Developer Portfolio Examples

careers portfolios Oct 13, 2020

There was a time when a resume was sufficient to get hired as a developer. However, those days are long gone. With dozens of technology stacks and an ever-expanding industry, the hiring process has become longer and more complex. Most web developers are looking for a way to stand out. Your LinkedIn profile is simply not enough.

First, let's look at the components of a strong web developer portfolio.  Then we'll look at a number of excellent web developer portfolio examples.

GitHub versus a Web Portfolio Site

If you're a developer you need to have a GitHub repository available for inspection by potential employers. That is separate and distinct from the portfolio site discussed here.  GitHub is a convenient place to store, manage, and version your code.  A portfolio site is where you sell yourself and your abilities.

Many portfolios link to individual GitHub repositories so that site visitors who want to view the code are able to do so.

What Should I Include in a Web...

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How to Become a Web Developer: A Guide for Beginners

careers web development Oct 06, 2020

How to Become a Web Developer-- The Basics

The opportunities for programmers in the coming decade have been discussed over and over in popular media. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, web development jobs will grow twice as fast as average.  That means lots and lots of new jobs in the field. 

Web developer jobs are actually the largest segment of jobs in coding. There is a significant crossover between web development jobs and many mobile development jobs. Many mobile apps are created with similar technologies to web sites. For example, React, a popular JavaScript library has a popular cousin named React Native, which is used for mobile development.

Since web development is the most prevalent field in software development it is the most approachable field for those new to development. There are many entry-level web development jobs posted on Indeed and other technical job sites.  Web developers are well paid, jobs are plentiful, and the rate of...

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Motivation to Learn Programming: 7 Tips

motivation Oct 02, 2020

Learning to program is a long and bumpy road. At times, while learning, you feel elated at solving a tricky programming problem. At other times, you feel dejected, as if you’re making no progress at all. There are times for everyone where it’s challenging to find the motivation to learn programming. For some, the most challenging part of learning to code is keeping motivation from the beginning of the process to a successful end.

While no one can stay motivated one hundred percent of the time, keep these tips in mind to help you stay motivated throughout your journey to learn programming.

#1 Make sure this is really what you want to do.

We’ve all seen movies or read books where the main character works his/her whole life to get into medical school, only to find that they don’t like practicing medicine. Inevitably, in the movie, they find their true life passion and become successful in that field. Don’t be them.

Coding is too difficult to spend your...

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How Long Does it Take to Learn To Code?

learning Oct 02, 2020

One of the most common questions I get is:  How long does it take to learn to code?

The best answer, as it is with most things is:  It depends.

While there are lots of books and programs making promises like “Learn Python in 24 Hours,” the truth is the amount of time it will take you to learn coding depends on a number of factors.  Let’s go through the factors that will impact how quickly you can learn.

There are a few factors that determine how long does it take to learn to code.

Your Goals

When people say that they want to “learn coding” that often means different things to different people. Does that mean you want to be a professional level coder able to complete enterprise level projects? Or, perhaps, you just want to learn enough to create a website that you have in mind. 

Once most coders start learning, they never stop. The industry changes too frequently to succeed without being a life-long learner. 

If your goal is...

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Can You Learn Coding on Your Own?

careers learning Oct 02, 2020

Note: As you may know, Framework Television runs an online training program. While this is a great option for some people learning to code, it’s not for everybody. In fact, for many, other learning options are better. This article is designed to look at several methods of you can use to learn coding– including learning on your own, so you can decide for yourself what works best for you.

There are several ways to learn to code. Traditionally, coders went to college. They then received a degree and were qualified to go into the workforce. Today, with an increasing need for coders, fewer people willing to (or able to) get a four-year degree. Alternative methods of learning codings are becoming more prominent. Many people are asking: Can you learn coding on your own?

Can you learn coding on your own? Each year thousands of self-taught developers enter the industry.

Let’s break down the ways people typically learn to code.

Traditional College or University

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How To Learn To Code

learning Oct 01, 2020

If you’ve ever asked experienced developers how to learn to code, or what languages you should learn, you’ve likely received a lot of different answers. Some tell you to start with an enterprise-level language like Java or C++. Others say to start with Frameworks, like React.  Many others will advise you to learn procedural programming before moving on to a higher level, object-oriented programming.

There is no single right answer for everyone. However, if you’re new to the field, there is a progression I’d suggest that will make it easier for you to learn. Learning to code is not an easy task regardless of the progression of the skills you choose. However, if you select a curriculum based on the way people learn, you’ll be much more likely to succeed.

How to Learn To Code:  Top 5 Mistakes

 

There are a lot of mistakes I see when looking at coding curricula. These mistakes can demotivate you and make it much more challenging to achieve...

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