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Programming Tips For a Newbie

I started programming an year ago [so you might think y I am an newbie] it all started with QuickBASIC and as a schoolboy I don't have a lot of time to code. I used to write it on paper in school and try it back home. But it is no longer a convenient thing with HTML/External CSS/External JavaScript and Python And with exams approaching I am getting even more squzeed for time. My question is, how am I supposed to get better at coding with the limited amount of time that I can spend into practicing how to code? For those of you who have to handle work or exams, how do you manage your time for coding?

9/1/2019 11:58:25 AM

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Hey guys, that's actually a very good question. I'm a dad working from home and taking care of the kids part time so as you can imagine my time is very limited. What learning time patterns would you recommend as an experienced programmer?

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A little retrospect from a busy person. 4 years ago. I decided to go for my associate's in Computer Science at my local community college. At the time I was 34 with 1 kid and one on the way. I also worked a full time job 40-48 hours a week. I have a bachelors degree with honors in CS and 3 kids at the moment. Time management really means that you have to optimize your learning. If you feel like you're struggling to learn based on time, you have to realize that rushing your learning will only cost you more time down the road. If you rush through topics without fully understanding them... you'll find yourself spending g that exact same amount of time reviewing old information that you should have mastered before moving on. I've made so many mistakes as a beginner in school due to the constant feeling of being behind or needing to learn the next topic. Take it slow. Practice small portions daily. Get your self to the point where you can explain the topic in confidence and code it on paper...it helpa.

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I did say consistency is the key, if you you dedicate 30min or even an hour and you stick to it you be surprised how far you come in a short while. You can start with html and css and the more you design things the more mortivated youre to come back. P.S: still there are people who wanna code and got time for it but still find it hard to sit down and write codes.

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Programming or coding is not all about learning any language but it is all about solving problem I think without attemping problems and giving thoughts on solutions u will not able to become a good programmer.... The more u try the more u will get ultimately ur problem solving ability will become more faster it is never ending process u can't say when u will become fully coder/programmer ..... And the q remain abt time... Then if u r passionate to become coder u will definitely take out time for it and at end u will become like every single sec thinking abt code

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Time management in coding is hard because you don't know how long you need for debugging. Also you have new ideas and want to implement them. So you can't manage your time exactly. The things you can do is: - setting a reachable goal - getting as most time as possible. - learning your programming language. Then you're faster in writing. If you comment your code you can understanding it after weeks, months you're not looking at it. This is saving much time.

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Easy answer: go with your life, try to solve real life problems by analytic thinking... If you think you have solved 10 problems a day, I mean any problem, try to implement your most interested solved problem of 10... You can find problems anywhere, like in class, or in the form of game, or in the form of conversation, or in the form of love towards to something... But in end you should have fun while expressing it through a computer language that's it.... Don't try to implement everything, but most personal liked ones... All the best.... Still you have to spend time on learning a computer language, best way don't remember everything, but build yourself a cookbook, but take slowly, like 2 years or so.... Don't push yourself to learn everything in short time, even though you are capable of ...

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I think with whatever minimal time you have try setting a slightly harder goal in programming than what you previously achieved. Small increments like this over a year or so will help you improve and ensure there is just the right amount of repetition that's a good balance between practicing what you know and becoming more advanced.

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Hi There!! I think you are a student who are studying in a school.... Right..... Well, I don't know about you but the person who is writing this is also a school student from India and doing programming/coding since 3-4 months and only completed HTML and CSS courses. At first, even I am unable to manage my time to study and to do coding but when my exams are near and when I realise that I am so much addicted to coding / programming, I thought that I want to make a proper time table in my mind. But this isn't work. Then one day, I took a decision that is still working and the decision is that, I will do coding only to refresh my mind when I will get tired of studying! So this is my decision, I don't know about you..... It's just a suggestion from me to you for make a relationship between coding and your studies. And Yeah, sorry for this weak English....... (◔‿◔) Good day... (◕ᴗ◕✿)

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Hatsy Rei Yes that's what I want even though it isn't possible... something like time management for a programmer of sorts

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I'm in quite the same situation. I've got the following advice for you: 1. Use SoloLearn and take some challenges every day. It'll keep your brain focused on reading codes. 2. Find a YouTube channel in your mother language and try to get some input there. English is good. But sometimes you need some information without getting lost in translation...

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Keep Calm and Keep On Coding

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I think that the best way to learn programming is coding. You can use a programming environment(codeblocks,eclipse,etc), where you can practice. I believe that an hour of practice in programming environment is better than writing code on paper, because you get experience on solving errors and you realise the true purpose of programming. So, when you have free time i think you should coding, in order to learn programming faster!

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My situation is almost relevant to your previous one, I'm a 14 years old (turning 15 on 10th of September) code enthusiast, whenever I find a new language, I get thrilled to practice it a bit and for some reason ; I became interested in Pawn, I guess I could use its formidable functionality-scripting capabilities for some utilities idk ;3333

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My best practice is to be in a company for practice

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Writing your code on paper, believe me its hard but a very good way to learn. From my experience, i realised that i learn when i tried solving problems. Choose problems, and try to solve them using programming. There are infinite problems out there. Sololearn has many of them.

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I AM ALSO A noob who started this year on sololearn.But have been coding for two years.I am 13 What I did is set a time where I am ready and won't be disturbed.Like weekends,holidays. Also when I comeback home I do my homework till 16:00 coded and practiced till 18:00 then studied from there till 20:00 then at20:30 when to bed. here my schedule Might have a different schedule but this I prefer Cause I also go to a meeting on Thursday from 19:00 to 20:30 Buy here's my best

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1.  Learn by doing. Always play with the code while learning 2. Grasp the fundamentals for long-term benefits 3. Code by hand. It sharpens proficiency and you’ll need it to get a job 4. Ask for help. You’ll need it 5. Seek out more online resources. There’s a wealth of content 6. Don’t just read the sample code. Tinker with it! 7. Take breaks when debugging Conclusion: Keep Calm and Keep On Coding For more help:- https://www.codingdojo.com/blog/7-tips-learn-programming-faster

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I'm still at school too and I'm now in the last two years of making my "Abitur" (Germany). It will get very busy in the next few weeks for me. But I know that programming is really easy, once you start loving what you do and just do what you do. What do I mean by that? Simple. Just start a simple project at first. Simple but long project. Simple but challenging. With a project, you have a goal you can achieve and be proud of when you finished. With the long project, you have enough time to think about what it should be and spend a lot of the time on the same thing, than spending like half the time with coming up with program ideas. The challenging aspect is pretty obvious. If you don't have a challenge, you aren't learning as good as you could. Learning, especially in programming, comes with challenging yourself, pushing you further and learn to use things that bring you to you goal.

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Focus on one concept and get really good at it. Forget for that time everything else, don’t get discouraged by how much there is to learn, just focus on the thing you’re learning and try to be an expert at it and then move on to the next thing. Try to take small chunks, ie how do I create objects, what is semantic HTML markup, how do I use flexbox, what are the different loop types, etc. If you try to take on something all at once (say, an ENTIRE language) then you are going to get discouraged, and we dont want that because we need more good developers in the world, and that is what you’ll become.

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