First, some resources

When I say “learning to code on my own”, I don’t literally mean all alone.

One of the great things about any interest is that there’s a community of people just waiting to give you a hand or advice. I have luckily been able to start to become involved in that community where I live, with great help from one particular individual.

This blog will catalog my journey of learning to code and (hopefully) move into a software development without any resources other than friends I make and print/online resources I find. I will list out the resources I find to be most helpful, and potentially document my foray into some of the more “in-depth” resources.

As such, here are the resources I’m relying on currently for a project I’m doing for a non-profit:

  • Eloquent Javascript – The entire book is available free online and in PDF with a coding sandbox to follow along and work through the example problems at the end of almost every chapter
  • You Don’t Know JavaScript (YDKJS) – All 5 books are free on Kyle Simpson’s github account
  • Scotch.io – a great online tutorial site for pretty much anything web development
  • All of the documentation pages for the various apps and frameworks I’m using:

This is, by no means, a complete list. One of the things I’ve found is that there are many, many resources needed when building out a full site. From databases and database connection frameworks to site design, authentication, password hashing, etc. It’s a step-by-step process, but, if you take it slow and don’t get overwhelmed, it all comes together in time.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Daniel

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