I wanted to share some of my experiences learning to code as a former HR professional. I wanted to pursue engineering as a means to gain more autonomy and hopefully grow into a career that would constantly challenge me and stay "interesting." Deciding to finally make the move was a daunting decision that I agonized over for months. I finally took the "leap" a few months ago and have been more or less cramming coding material and coding (to the best of my abilities) since then.
Initially, I opted to enroll in a bootcamp, as I felt the structure afforded by such a program would keep me honest and guide my learning. While this was true to an extent, I left because I felt the information and instruction was not the quality I had hoped for. In order to cram all the material advertised in the curriculum into a few short months, the coverage felt superficial and rushed. I found myself often asking "why" something was done a particular way, and more often than not, the teaching assistants seemed either not to know, or not to think it was important. I should mention, I am fortunate enough to be married to an engineer, and my husband was more than up to the task of coaching me along the way. As such, the prospect of learning outside a classroom was a bit easier to stomach.
As for the thing I "shipped," it's really early stages (and probably has a lot of things I can improve on), but I built it with people like myself in mind and hope others might benefit from it. The site is https://moreeyesplz.com/ (note: my husband built the backend, but I did the frontend, I swear!). As for what it is, it's a simple way to crowdsource feedback on commits you commit to GitHub. We actually created it for the Dev.to GitHub actions hackathon project, but felt it might be worth sharing as it's also my first shipped project. It's free as in beer (that's free), and we honestly have no idea if others in the community will even take to it. That said, my husband has offered to give as much feedback/mentorship as he has time available there (and I think people should take him up on it!).