The DEV Community Published a Book: Your First Year in Code

Ben Halpern on July 22, 2019

The emphasis from this title should be on the word community. This was an incredible initiative driven by longtime DEV member @isaacdlyman . It sta... [Read Full]
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Thanks @jess , very excited about it 😍

I wish there were dedicated badges for the contributors though 😁


Thank you Jess. The community excitiment is the actual reward here and I am happy to be part of this trigger 😁😁


Thanks Jess! It was a pleasure to be part of such an awesome group putting this together, and we couldn't have done it without the DEV Community! 😁❀️


Late but thank you!

Loved being a part of the project. The response to it's launch has been great and reminds me yet again how kind the dev community is :)


If anyone is looking to buy but doesn't have the money and doesn't feel comfortable paying $0.00 for a book, I paid $30 if someone wants to have a "free" book based on my purchase.

Receipt of $30 payment

It looks like a really solid book for new devs and I'd hate to see someone miss out. But I also know what it was like being unemployed for a year after graduation, so if this makes it comfier for someone to take the free book, I hope I helped :) Worst case, I supported the book double :P


What a kind and considerate message - thanks for the support Kayla!!


Didn't even know that there is such an option.
Saw Radiohead did something similar from time to time, but never saw with a book.
What a kind and considerate person you are. Thank you on behalf of other newbies!


I was lucky enough to get a chance to write the foreward for the book.

This is what you'll get from me to kick off the book...

Your first year in code is a whirlwind, I know it was for me. The more you learn, the more you learn that there’s more to learn. Code is such an abstract problem that there’s no set of always-applicable rules or rock-solid advice. Code powers the planet these days, but knowledge is still passed down through our elders and cultivated via community.

There is no one true way to be a coder. Gone are the days, if ever they truly existed, of the archetypal β€œprogrammer.” We all carry supercomputers in our pockets. Cloud service outages are front page news; email servers and encryption can be everyday political topics. The nerds have won and code has become mainstream.

The only way for code to be for the people is if it is created by the people. We cannot let this craft become magic wielded by a select few. We must ensure that the discourse is accessible to all.

The fact that this book is such a true bottom-up community initiative speaks to the soul of the material. Isaac and the rest of the incredible authors assembled in these pages represent the warmth, humanity, and diversity of our industry. If you are in your first year of code, you’re lucky to have discovered material like this. I wish I had. It’s still a tremendous read years into my career.

Happy coding!


Fabulous! Will be recommending on company intranet and twitter. Also unable to resist the O'Rly cover :)

ORly First Year in Code


Wow. astonished. Now I have to google how to change a cover of .mobi


Thanks Ben! DEV is what really made this project work. It wouldn't have been possible without the incredible community your team has built here. I'm proud to be a part of it and beyond excited for everyone to read our book.


This book is awesome, I really enjoyed reading through it. What an awesome resource!


this is JUST for me. everyone out of here. I'll have it all by myself.

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Thanks a lot, as always, but additionally.
my only wish = audiobook. I'm willing to join crowdfundding to make it happen.


Amazing! Congratulations to all the authors!

Now, there's a crazy idea that came to my mind when I read the title of this post: could it be possible that DEV could become a book publisher? Handling transactions, publications, peer reviewing and so on... even printing!

Am I dreaming or is this possible in a maybe not-so-distant future? πŸ€”


I am excited about this book! Thank you Isaac, et al. I am as poor as a church mouse right now, but you can depend on me to buy several copies as gifts in the future!


Take it for free! Your contribution as a member of the community is more than enough.


Many congrats! I'll be purchasing this as soon as I get the chance. Can't wait to read it!


This is so awesome. I'm buying a copy for a friend :)


Amazing! I wish I had such resources available when I started.πŸ˜„πŸ’—


So stoked for this! I would have loved a resource like this when I was going through my first year!


Yay!!! So glad this exists. I'm gonna get a copy for our intern ❀️


Thanks for sharing! As a recent college grad, I look forward to reading this.


Looks an interesting read - I will consider buying it soon :)

Might there one day be a physical version of the book available to purchase? (Sorry if you've addressed this already, a quick search with CTRL-F found nothing)




Very awesome surprise! Ordered and looking forward to receiving it - thank you for the heads up Isaac :)


Does anyone know if it's possible to get a hard copy? I've bought the ebook but really struggle with headaches reading on a screen! Please reach out if you can! I've just landed an internship and sounds like my kindve book 😊




What a wonderful thing, I wish I had this last year when I started


Purchased my Copy! I've been trying to learn to code for some time now so I am really excited to get into this and start to learn more about the programming landscape and help propel me forward to continue on this journey and help make a difference! Thank you all for putting this together!


Just purchased my copy this morning! Can't wait until I have some free time to read it! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to our DEV community.


Congrats @isaacdlyman ! This book is an amazing read! I can't wait for "Year 2: Electric Boogaloo" (not a real thing... yet)


Great news, I hope to see this book available in other languages.


That's amazing ! Just got my copy and I can't to read it πŸ˜„


Thank you guys. Love to read this book for starter like me.


Wow, what an awesome resource! Thanks for all the hard work you guys!


Yay Dev! Love you guys! Is so cool!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Excited to hear about this. I'm sure this will be hugely helpful to a lot of new devs. Thanks to all the authors who put in the work. πŸ“–πŸ€“


Ive been coding for over a year now.. and I would definitely wish for every beginner out there to get this book. Thanks @jess


Thank you very much to the team. Your book is much appreciated.


Awesome! Got a copy :D Looking forward to reading!

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