Programming can lead to some great jobs, and that’s got more and more people scrambling to learn how to code. Maybe you’ve decided to pursue programming, whether for a career or just as a hobby. Great! But maybe you’re starting to feel overwhelmed.
We’ve written before on choosing a programming language and we’ve compiled places where you can learn programming, but there isn’t much about how to approach the learning process in a way that keeps you from wanting to tear your hair out.
I’ve gone through my own share of coding-related frustrations and I hope some of this advice can help to ease your journey as much as possible.Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science
It’s Not Just You: Programming Is Hard
As with most things, you must have the right mindset before learning how to code. Sure, you could make do with a poor attitude and it would still possible to learn stuff here and there, but the process will take longer and you’ll hate it the whole way through.
Programming is hard, there’s no doubt about that. Even the smartest programmers are stumped on a regular basis by bugs and errors in their own code. It might feel as if everyone else knows what they’re doing and you’re the only one who’s struggling, but that’s nowhere near the truth.
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Take solace in the fact that everyone has trouble with programming at the start. You are not alone in your struggle. Not only is it normal to be confused and frustrated, but even expected. There’s nothing wrong with you if you find it difficult, so don’t feel discouraged or stressed. It takes time.
And that’s the mindset you need to have if you want to learn programming: it’s going to take a long time. We’re talking on the scale of years. The quickest way to be stressed as a programmer-in-training is to expect instant understanding, instant improvement, and instant results. We’ll see in a later section that it just doesn’t work that way.
Make peace with the fact that the journey before you will be long and arduous.