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How to learn programming?

June 30, 2022

Programming skills are highly sought-after by employers in a variety of industries, not just technology, and possessing these skills can help you on your way to a successful career path.


Learning programming is like learning any other skill. You need to know the fundamentals, practice well and keep implementing it in the real world. A lot of learners start with it but aren't able to succeed because they get lost in the ocean of resources out there. But don't worry, I've got you covered 😉


When starting out with anything new, especially on your own, there is a lack of proper guidance around what to learn, how much to learn, and what to do when stuck. Have you faced these issues too?


There are 3 steps to when you're starting to learn programming:

Step 1: Learn the fundamentals of a language

Step 2: Learn Data Structures and Algorithms in that language

Step 3: Implement your skills the real world



Step 1: Learn the fundamentals of a language

Imagine travelling to a new country and you don’t know how to speak their native language. When you enter the world of programming, English and all the languages you know become alien to the computer. You need to have clear communication with your computer and the only way to do that is by learning the ABCDs of a programming language.


Here are some resources that can help you understand the fundamentals of a language 👇


1. Your School / College curriculum should be enough to get you started in any language.

2. W3 Schools

W3Schools is a training website for learning web technologies online. Content includes tutorials and references relating to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSON, PHP, Python, AngularJS, React.js, SQL, Bootstrap, Sass, Node.js, jQuery, XQuery, AJAX, XML, Raspberry Pi, C++, C# and Java.

W3Schools offers some of the best resources for developers to learn content for free. It has a documentation-style approach for providing information along with useful interactive code blocks, which you can click the “try it yourself” button and explore these options.

W3Schools offers programming tutorials online as well as great examples for conducting experimentations with code blocks. It also provides you with some of the best references, exercises, and courses the developers and other users to participate, involve, and utilize for improving their productivity.



Step 2: Learn Data Structures and Algorithms in that language

Once you learn the alphabets of a language, the next step is to learn the grammar. Similarly, in programming, the next step is to learn data structures and algorithms so that you understand how programming languages are used to solve problems in the real world.


Here are some resources that can help you learn data structures and algorithms 👇

1. Hackerrank

HackerRank offers a wide variety of resources for beginner developers. It has some quick crash courses, including the 30-day challenge to gain more experience in programming languages.

It offers numerous programming languages for coding enthusiasts to learn more and invest their time.

HackerRank is a place for both developers and companies. While programmers are trying to improve their coding skills to the next level and increase their proficiency by attempting the numerous challenges available on these websites, the companies are simultaneously recruiting the best candidates that can solve their interview questions and replicate the best possible outcomes and results.


2. Byte Avenue

Byte Avenue is makes learning programming easy. It has multiple courses so that you can start from where you are in your journey. It gives you a detailed roadmap of concepts to learn from and helps you learn them one at a time. What makes it special is that, you get personalised help based on how you’ve written your code and experience what it is like building the best products on the go 🚀



Step 3: Implement your skills in the real world

It’s time to start solving problems now! There are two directions in which you can go to implement your skills in the real world.

The first direction that you can go from here is competitive programming. It is a sport where you can compete with other people and solve problems. The other path that you can take is learning development skills and implement your programming knowledge while building applications.

You can try out both these directions and choose one depending on what interests you.


Here are some websites where you can do competitive programming👇

1. CodeChef

The platform hosts three contests every month namely LunchTime, Cook-Off, and Long Challenge. The first two are short contests of a 3-hour duration while the latter is a 10-day contest.


2. Codeforces

The platform hosts around 10–12 contests if not more every month. The contests have bifurcations of Div1, Div2, and Div3 and you can participate in them based on your CodeForces rating. Each contest is 2–2.5 hours in duration featuring 5–6 questions usually.


I’ll talk about learning development skills in the upcoming posts. Start learning a language and data structures and algorithms till then 😌 All the best for your programming journey 🎉

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