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Q: As a #CodeNewbie, what are your learning goals for the next #30Days?

Microsoft is sponsoring Codeland Conference again this year. Come join us in the #CodeNewbie Forem Jun 16-17 to jumpstart your learning journey into Azure & AI, and meet your peers!


In her popular Learning To Learn course, Barbara Oakley talks about learning modes (diffused and focused), learning sprints (focus for X minutes, relax for Y minutes) and learning practices ("chunking" into small activities that build on each other) that help improve your understanding and recall of what you learn.

Planning a #30Days learning journey is one way to put these ideas into practice. Learn or make something in 30 Days by breaking down the end goal into daily chunks of activity that build on each other! Get automatic "breaks" between those focused periods, to help your brain process and recall the information better.

What would you like to learn in #30Days - and how do you plan to go about it?

Some examples:

  • I want to become a power user of (this) developer tool
  • I want to build my first app using (this) framework
  • I want to learn the fundamentals of (this) technology

Please do leave us your thoughts and ideas in the comments. If you are looking for ideas, check out these options:

If you are an experienced developer, do share your experiences with any #30Days of learning projects or resources that may be useful for beginners.

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Maria Silva

In the next 30 days I am hoping to finish my weather app with Vanilla JS! I need to learn about APIs so I can use real data, learn about GitHub and hosting, and of course continue to tweak it to perfection.

If you'd like to see my progress here is a twitter update!
https://twitter.com/mariasilva_dev/status/1536483541726511104?s=20&t=zX3ZSl8Tsj7LNfkubBcOwQ

Discord - Maria S#0727

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

I just checked out your project!!! This is awesome and I hope to check in on your progress .. love the fact your are building projects that reflect real data and use cases!

PS. - if you attend my lightning talk tomorrow do stop by after so I can make you a custom sketchnote with this goal. Use it as desktop wallpaper and stay accountable. :-)

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Maria Silva

Hi Nitya, I would love that! Thank you for checking out my project, I look forward to your lightning talk tomorrow!

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anamonteiro430 • Edited on

I want to finish CS50 !
Working of organizing myself and start using a second brain so I can learn in a better way.
Getting into reading some classic tech books like Don't make me think! and Clean Code

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Don't make me think is a classic and the #CS50 series is a great one to take for fundamentals from CS to AI. This is awesome - look forward to seeing your learnings from this

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Scott Soine

Awesome goal and real cool! Thanks for stopping by!

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Christopher Aaron

I am so excited for the lightning talk tomorrow! I am currently going through the fundamentals of Node and Express, but what I would love to finish in the next 30 days is to complete a three.js course. I would really like to jump into learning how to deal with WebGL projects!

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Thank you so much - just catching up with alll comments but WebGL is a great goal and career direction as well given all the work going on in the AR/VR space. What three.js course do you recommend for beginners? Do share your learnings as you go and good luck!

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Scott Soine

Thanks! only about 30 minutes a way! Also add me on Discord and I can send you a link to some SWAG since you are based in the US: Scott Soine#6391

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The Coding Mermaid 🧜‍♀️

Hi Nitya! Thanks so much for sharing the Microsoft Azure learning paths! I was having a look and I think I will do this one docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/pat... :) seems awesome!

I have a question, can I still get Microsoft swag after I finish this? 🤗

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Tagging @scottsoine -- definitely reach on the Codeland discord and I am sure Scott can get you some SWAG.
The offers are for certitication paths you can explore anytime but the swag is from Codeland and Microsoft Developers :-)

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The Coding Mermaid 🧜‍♀️

Ah ups maybe its only valid for these developer.microsoft.com/en-us/offe... no?

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Alexander Bourlotos

I can't wait for the talk! I'm already working through a Udemy web development course but in the next 30 days I'm hoping to finish through the React.js portion of the course which will set me up with a to-do list, blog website and knowledge with things like authentication, etc.

Discord - alexbourlotos#7116

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Woot!! I am a REACT fan myself so I approve of this goal! There is also a great resource on FreeCodeCamp with hands-on projects that may help refine this

PS. if you attend my lightning talk tomorrow do stop by after so I can make you a custom sketchnote with this goal. Use it as desktop wallpaper and stay acccountable. :-)

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Sarah Bartley

I would use 30 Days to learn fundamentals of Angular so I can start building projects with it. I'm not sure what I'd build with Angular, but what I might do is take the React versions of projects I've already made and see if I can build them again with Angular.

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

This is an EXCELLENT goal - if you attend my lightning talk tomorrow do stop by after so I can make you a custom sketchnote with this goal. Use it as desktop wallpaper and stay acccountable. :-)

There are a number of folks on my team who are Angular experts - check out the dev.to/azure organization for more

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Hattie

Learning how to Learn is LIFECHANGING, Barbara knows what she's talking about. I am learning a lot of things but for the next 5 weeks in particular I'm taking part in a free course on the fundamentals of Azure which i'm excited about, I know absolutely nothing right now! I will definitely be using spaced repetition to help my learning along!

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

I know right? One of my favorite courses of all time! Let me know how your Azure fundamentals journey is going and if we can help. Good luck and hope you also aim for the certification

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Atul Prajapati

I am learning UI design from this Youtube video

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

OOh!! Figma is on my radar as well!! Share your designs and progress as you go!!

I have not tried this myself but I do know the Power Apps team has a lot of good no-code/low-code resources that can help you transform your Figma design into a working application with minimal effort. Check out this if useful
docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-app...

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Atul Prajapati

Sure nitya, thanks for your recommendation 🙏 I will surely check it 🤞

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Atul Prajapati

Today i have just completed that UI design video course which is perfect for any beginner level learner.

Formula to consume UI design

Wire-frame + Prototype + Mockup = UI Design

Now my current position is very clear i have planned my next moves to design my first creative website UI Design with Lunacy because Figma system requirements are out of my budget so i have arranged this alternative UI Design tool.

Biiiiiiiig thanks for your kind attention 💝

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Congratulations 🎉🎉

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Atul Prajapati

Thanks Di 🙏

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timDeHof

I would use 30 Days to learn fundamentals of Responsive design so I can start design better projects with it.

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Definitely a great goal for application. developers targeting multi-platform experiences!! Share any resources you use so others who have the same goal can check it out as well. Do you have a design framework you plan to use to apply the ideas (Material UI or Bootstrap or other?)

On a semi-related note - I have started getting interested in design systems and understanding how large scale applications are constructured at companies like GitHub and Microsoft. You may find these interesting:

Primer at GitHub
primer.style/

Fluent at Microsoft
microsoft.com/design/fluent/#/

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Scott Soine

Awesome! @timdehof feel free to ping me on Discord for some free Codeland SWAG: Scott Soine#6391

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Auroiah Morgan

Az-200 and Az-204 while playing around on MAUI.

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Yess!! Don't forget to check out the #30DaysToLearn it link above and see if any of those challenges can help you (plus gives you a path to certification!)

For MAUI - definitely check out MAUI Community Toolkit
docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/co...

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Awesome! both are great and MAUI is fun to play around with! Feel free to ping me in Discord for some free SWAG: Scott Soine#6391

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Auroiah Morgan

Most definintely will! Thank you!

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Aigars PluÄ£is • Edited on

Learn and understand Python for Web and Linux system monitoring usage as well as for making secure apps.

DSC: aigarspl#7343

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

There are a bunch of Python resources we shared at Codeland here:
aka.ms/codeland/2022

But the Linux system monitoring usage sounds interesting! Good luck

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jimmy706

My next 30 days learning plan is to understand and learning about how web3 and blockchain can effect and solve current problem of the tech world. It gonna be really exciting 😍

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

The topic is definitely a hot one given the amount of controversy around "web3" and what it means - which makes it a perfect target for a deep dive to understand the terms and technologies and separate the substance from the hype. Look forward to seeing your insights shared after you finish your #30Days learning!

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itsjudeDW

For the next 30 days I want to code for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. My goal is to finish reading "Coding for Beginners" by Mike McGrath and go through all of the excercises.

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

This is exactly what the Barbara Oakley course also recommends - chunked learning with breaks to allow the brain to consolidate and absorb the information. I have not read that book - do consider making a post on what you learned when done!! A great goal too!

PS. - if you attend my lightning talk tomorrow do stop by after so I can make you a custom sketchnote with this goal. Use it as desktop wallpaper and stay accountable. :-)

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KJ

In the next 30 days I hope to have a solid grasp on nest loops and looping through objects.

-KJ
klove2016#6196

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

This is absolutely the right kind of goal to set if you are starting off with code. Fundamentals matter - thanks so much for sharing!

PS. - if you attend my lightning talk tomorrow do stop by after so I can make you a custom sketchnote with this goal. Use it as desktop wallpaper and stay accountable. :-)

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Chabulsqu

In the next 30 days I'm building a complete webpage using HTML, CSS and JS. I've been using Javascript alone on some projects and the same with HTML and CSS but now that I know how to modify the DOM I'm very excited to use my knowledge.
If you'd like to see my progress you can go to my Twitter twitter.com/mateo_fain

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

I love this thread you started twitter.com/mateo_fain/status/1537... - and hope you keep continuing to share your journey as you go!! What do you plan to explore after learning HTML/CSS/JS?

Do check out the Progressive Web Apps series right here on dev.to
dev.to/nitya/series/16849

And then explore Static Web Apps = aka.ms/30DaysOfSWA

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Chabulsqu

Hello, thank you for sharing me those links. After I finish practicing with vanilla JS I'm planning to learn React and Redux and also work on a portfolio project.