LPT: If you’re new to programming or just started to learn how to code, focus on creating or building something instead of just learning the programming language.

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Probably the first good tip I’ve seen here in a while. If there’s something I want to do I look for a coding language that can do it best then I learn how to solve the problem using the language I chose. From there I kinda figure out as I go. Also stackoverflow is a God send use it whenever you can


Programming is the art of using logic to solve problems. If you focus on learning that (including by creating/building as many different tools as you can think of), the rest is just syntax. You can always look up the syntax of a new language, but it’s much harder to learn logic on the fly. Which isn’t to say it’s impossible, if you jump straight into a project eventually you’ll run into most problems and figure out workarounds, hence being able to use projects to get a good basis. Just make sure you figure out why a particular SO answer is recommended haha


Can someone give examples of projects that beginners can work on. I think AI tic tax toe is a common one. But what are some others that might also introduce what actual work might look like?


I went through a well-known, widely-hated ‘IT consultancy’ company at the beginning of my career. They offered to train up grads and get them a placement with a big tech firm, but if you left early they would charge you the full value of their training, which they valued at £20,000. I mention this because the training was absolute garbage. I went for my placement (in a role in a language I wasn’t trained in, but that’s a whole different issue) knowing the syntax of VBA, Java, SQL and knowing the basics of UNIX. I had however NEVER used any of these skills to build anything. I was nearly fired from my role after a week because despite knowing the language I was completely useless at programming. If my boss at the time hadn’t decided to take a chance on me and give me some training of his own I don’t know what would have happened to me but it would not have been good. 5 years later I was taken on full-time by the company after my placement finished, and have since been promoted – it turns out with a little learning curve I am actually very good at programming. I work in a totally different language than I was trained or hired into but that doesn’t matter because issues of syntax are easily googleable, what’s important is knowing how to apply the code to solve a problem. So in short, yeah, what OP said