Plus having worked to really understand the concepts of using React, it seemed to make DOM manipulation much simpler than before when just working with the DOM without React.js. And at the same time, with a much better understanding of the DOM, my understanding of React has increased. I ♥ React.js and especially now that Facebook has changed it AND React Native to the MIT License, I’m really looking forward to creating amazing things with React 🙂
More specifically, repetition trying things yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in doing endless tutorials if your a beginner, but I’ve found that unless you’ve put away the book or video and tried to recreate what the tutorial did without the instructors guidance, then you may not really understand the logic behind many of the things that were done. This is how many people can go through a ton of tutorials yet still feel like they can’t program anything.
It’s probably because you never faced that blank text editor and tried to build something yourself. Many people get stuck here and don’t apply to jobs because they feel like they can’t program. Well if you really don’t want to just go for it, then the only way to solve that is to apply what you’ve learned yourself and get some repetition under your belt. Do what you would do at a job, yourself. Build things. Soon enough like John Sonmez formerly of Simple Programmer said, things will start to “click”. If you keep doing it, eventually you’ll start to just “get it”.
This goes along with a concept I read in the book Mastery by Robert Greene. It’s a great book I’ll do a review on. But essentially one of the points he made in it was that our brains are very nimble. We as humans adapt, learn, and re-wire very quickly. When we try to take shortcuts this goes against our nature. Time is our friend when learning new skills. When we expose our brains repetitiously to concepts, this allows our brain to make the connections and adapt. When we try to skip the hard part of doing it, it ends up taking longer to learn because we are working against how our brains work.
In other words, do it. Yourself.
Soon creativity will start to flow and you’ll come up with your own ideas of apps to make. Then build those applications. Start with simple ones. You’ll be amazed how quickly you learn.
Learn one, and understand the logic. At least at first.
In your first language build things yourself. Building applications yourself will cement the logic in your mind. Start with simple apps.
After you understand the basics of the logic in your first programming language, THEN learn another language if you really want to. Though I would recommend sticking with one for a while. Then you’re really more or less just learning the syntax of the language because you already understand the logic in most programming languages. That is if you picked a common language, not an obscure one that’s different from most.
I’ve also found that sticking to one or a few things is a great confidence boost when learning whole new concepts. It gives you a chance to gain some type of mastery over things and eventually, you start to see over the top of that learning curve.
I was a fan of For Loops and the way they make everything explicit in terms of what exactly it’s doing, and how you can get to exact solutions to specific problems. But I’ve been studying ES6 and that’s when forEach came along. I’ve been converted. This method on the array prototype is helping me get acquainted with abstraction. And after working with it for a bit I’m actually starting to like it. I’m also finding the map and filter methods, const/let and arrow functions very helpful as well. This is great preparation for React.js.
One thing that I don’t see mentioned much if at all, is improving your typing ability to improve as a programmer. When I first started learning programming I typed while looking at the keyboard. And with others quite often I would see those who tend to be beginners to programming, staring at the keyboard, pressing one key at a time. Everyone does have to start somewhere. But this really slows things down and puts a lot of stress on your neck. I’ve learned that it really speeds things up, and it’s much healthier to learn to type without having to look.
I’ve worked on my typing accuracy and speed a little bit everyday and I wouldn’t even recognize myself typing the way I used anymore. It’s definitely been instrumental in letting creativity flow and focusing on the programming, instead of where the next key is on the keyboard. A great tool to use that’s inexpensive and simple is Type Fu. As of the time of this writing it’s 9.99 USD on the Mac App Store (OS X) and 4.99 USD on the Chrome Web Store (Windows, OS X, Linux, Chrome OS). I am not affiliated with them but it has helped me tremendously. And there are also lots of free resources online.
And if you’re struggling with some of the things I mentioned, I encourage you to spend a little time everyday on your typing. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Just 10-15 minutes a day can be very effective. But it will make things so much easier for you.
What’s up it’s Danielle talking about tech, coding, doing vlogs, reading and reviewing self development books, so subscribe to the channel. But what I want to talk about right now, I just found out Tesla cars have APIs. I might be late but I just found this out 🙂 Tesla cars have APIs and let me tell you this is one of the flyest things I ever heard. Let me just look at this… This Internet of Things (IoT) space is no joke. So it says just by using the API you can remotely start and stop charging, flash the lights, honk the horn, check its charge level, and you can even set it at a certain time, like for example when you wake up, to check the temperature outside and then it then it will set the temperature inside the car to whatever you want. And another thing. While we’re on the subject of Elon Musk companies, another thing is the double entendre of the name “The Boring Company.” At first I thought he was being sarcastic, you know, with that name until I remembered that the company was building hyper-speed transportation, in tunnels. So boring is another word for digging. “Boring” tunnels. Get it? yeah lol… So they weren’t being sarcastic with “The Boring Company.” That’s actually quite clever. So all this space age transportation (The Boring Company, Tesla, SpaceX), I’m just trying to keep up. So that’s the vlog for now. Subscribe to the channel, get more tech, coding tutorials, vlogs, self-development, subscribe, like. Talk to you later, bye.