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If you could start learning to code from zero....what would you do differently?

codingknite profile image Joel P. Mugalu ・1 min read

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

Almost everything to be honest, but I had a rather long and complicated journey learning to code.

The single biggest thing I would do differently based on what I know now though is to start with Python, or possibly Elixir. A lot of my early attempts at learning to code involved languages that were, honestly, less than ideal for it in many respects (Racket (at the time known as DrScheme), BASIC (a now defunct historical variant), JS (late ES 3 vintage), Java, etc), and in retrospect that seriously hampered my ability to learn (especially starting with a Scheme dialect, S-Expressions are great and all, but they're not exactly user friendly syntax for someone who's never even heard of, let alone used, RPN).

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Joel P. Mugalu Author

I totally agree with you. I've also seen the effects of trying to scratch every language there is. Thanks for that

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rvakid82

I should have learned basic math and geometry 20 years ago

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Joel P. Mugalu Author

Would it have had any effects on your work as a developer>

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rvakid82

If i had learned geometry and algebra, I might have been able to learn JavaScript and then maybe have work as a developer now. So yes, I think it would have had an effect.

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