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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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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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