That title would have been ‘Learning to Code’ but ‘I Try’ looks a little bit better in my opinion (if you guys have better ideas, let me know because I am open to changing it).
But yes! I am trying to learn how to code! Let me outline the why first before I get into where I am learning and how the process is.
So think back into elementary school when we were all excited about going to the computer lab. Teachers would have us search things, learn how to use the search engine Yahooligans (which I just looked up and it was a legit just a website for kids and the links don’t work anymore), play typing games, and all of that fun stuff we got to do was so we would be prepared to use this technology in the future.
Why is my elementary nostalgia relevant now? A few reasons.
When I went to Target a few weeks ago, I saw these ‘Build Your Own Computer’ and ‘Coding For Kids’ things in the electronic section. I remember thinking how cool that all was and that if my little one expresses interest in that type of thing in a few years, I would definitely get it for her.
Then, last weekend, I went and saw “Incredibles 2” with my husband for Father’s Day. That scene where Bob was having trouble with the new math was very familiar because when I was in elementary school, Bob was my mum and I was Dash. The only difference was that they had a book of math that Bob could stay up and study, my mum only had my word to go off of and I wasn’t great at explaining math.
With the combination of those two events jumping around in my brain, I decided to learn at least the basics of Coding. Because with the way that human society moves forward in technology, there’s a very high chance that my little one will have basic code learning when she is either in elementary or in middle or in high school and I want to be able to help her with her homework.
Now, my little one doesn’t start school for another 2 1/2 years however, I figure there’s no harm in starting early.
CodeAcademy has both paid and free courses on different types of coding. When you first start, it asks you what you want to learn and for what purpose and whether you want a free course or a paid course. I obviously chose a free course and I honesty don’t know what I am going to use the coding for other than just to know it so it set me up with learning Python.
Oh my dudes, learning to code is hard. I knew it was going to be hard so it wasn’t surprising but it’s legit learning another language. A computer language! The words and symbols all look similar to English but the input, the grammar basically, is different.
I have gone through several modules in the Python course and I am still only 20% through the course. I try to do it every day but depending on how much my brain hurts, I’ll give it a break for a few days.
But I do get back to it. It’s like reading a book that can be hard to read (like ‘The Jungle’ from Upton Sinclair) but it captivates you so you keep going back until you’re done.
If you were to ask me what exactly I learned, I wouldn’t be able to tell you in words. If you asked me to show you what I had learned, I probably would be able to…as long as you’re specific on what you wanted me to show you because there are so many things I have learned in just that 20%.
If there’s anybody who knows how to code out there, please let me know if I’m insane to continue this. I may not listen but at least I’ll know.
Thanks for reading! Aloha!