A few months ago, I decided to learn Rust , mainly because I’m very interested in Substrate (a Blockchain framework). At first, I thought it would be an easy task, and that it will take just a few days and I should be up and running. Well, that wasn’t the case, I really struggled with this language, it reminded me of my University days, studying C++, I felt like I don’t know what I’m doing, which is probably very true.
So, I decided to take a step back and have another take on this process, approach it a bit differently and in a more systematic way. On my first try, I simply went to the docs read everything, and tried some code. That didn’t really help much, it only made me more confused and less motivated.
The second time around, I decided to follow a “consistent motivation” approach - something that I came up with while writing this post.
Basically, whenever I feel lost and unmotivated, I’ll go watch some YouTube videos that would excite me.
Here are some of my favorite:
- Read the Rust docs, all of it, without trying any of their coding examples, I just wanted to get a feel of what’s going on in this language - the story behind it. That helped my intuition for whenever I read Rust code.
- Watched a TON of YouTube videos. I found a bunch of great channels of devs streaming themselves learning and coding Rust. That was inspiring and gave me the desire and motivation to actually try to code things myself.
- Followed the top Rust accounts on Twitter. The goal was to keep myself up to date with all things Rust. They also share great resources and blog posts.
- Re-read the Rust docs again, this time I tried all the code they provided, and I spent a lot of time familiarising myself with its syntax.
- Read as many blog posts as I can find.
- Read all of Substrate codebase on Github.
- Build something with Substrate.
- Don’t give up quickly.
- Realize that learning takes time.
- You’re not the only person struggling with learning new things.
- Read other people’s code (!important).
- READ THE DOCS.
- CODE CODE CODE.
- Great Udemy Course https://www.udemy.com/course/rust-lang/
- Official Rust docs https://doc.rust-lang.org/book
- Rust by example https://doc.rust-lang.org/stable/rust-by-example
- Substrate Crowdcasts https://www.crowdcast.io/e/substrate-seminar
- Substrates Tutorials, Knowledge base, and Recipes https://substrate.dev/en/
- Substrate Developer Hub https://github.com/substrate-developer-hub
- Polkadot docs https://wiki.polkadot.network/en
This is my first blog post ever, I hope it helps someone with their coding journey. Oh, and I’m definitely open to any feedback that could help me improve the quality of what I’m sharing on this blog.
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