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Soooo stuck in tutorial hell

nelsonmalbone profile image Nelson Malbone Coding ・1 min read

I am having such a hard time getting out of tutorial hell and it does it help that I only have an hour or so to do anything. Any suggestions on how I can get out of this

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SandorTuranszky

The problem is that you do not see what the scope of what programming is. You need to define a clear goal. For example, you could decide to go for web development and in that case, you need to know what exactly it takes to build a web app. What kind of applications you can build, what technologies you can use in Frontend and Backend, how to test apps, where to deploy them.

Notice, that I am saying you need to know about, not learn it.

Then, you go deeper into FE and BE and you need to understand what the building blocks are. It may seem like a high level, but in fact, without this knowledge you get stuck in tutorial hell.  

Knowing what is needed to build a fully fictional web app gives you a better idea about what you need to learn or how to ask questions to get the right answers.

I am working on a beginner-friendly tutorial on creating a Trello clone to teach beginners how to think to be able to build a large scale app. Check it out: js.comparecourses.dev/

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Ziyaad Fredericks

I managed to get out of my tutorial hell by coming to up with a small project that I wanted to do, but didn't know how to do.
Every time(which was every few minutes in the beginning) I got stuck I googled how to do that specific thing, did it and moved on to the next step.

You can come up with any project, even if it isn't something you'd use.
Mine was making a simple music player. I made my design by trying to copy the Apple Music UI and just played audio files stored locally on the phone.

If you could say what exactly it is that you are trying to learn it would be easier for others in that field to give specific advice.

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Nelson Malbone Coding Author

My bad bud it was for web development

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stereobooster

What kind of tutorials are you doing?

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Nelson Malbone Coding Author

I’m working with html and css and trying to avoid js as little as possible right now. I’m using w3 school as a guide and trying to avoid youtube

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stereobooster

Some thoughts from top of my head (not necessarily best advice):

  • maybe you need better tutorials
  • maybe you need a roadmap (I'm not sure if you just do random tutorials or follow some curriculum)
  • choose a challenging project, but not impossible project. How about personal website or a portfolio. And put there all cool feature you have seen across the web. Find some website for inspiration (maybe awwwards.com/)
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Nelson Malbone Coding Author

I will have to look at that site when I get back home. And I’ve been watching traversy media
Net ninja
And dark code. And the dev Ed along with some free code camp too.

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Neha Maity

This article seems like a good place to start: dev.to/michaldulik/projects-to-com...