Do yourself a favor. Learn to code. Here’s how.

boomeyer:

I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.

Learning to code elevates your professional life, and makes you more knowledgeable about the massive changes taking place in the technology sector that are poised to have an immense influence on human life.

(note: yes I realize that 3/5 of those links were Google projects)

But most folks are intimidated by coding. And it does seem intimidating at first. But peel away the obscurity and the difficulty, and you start to learn that coding, at least at its basic level, is a very manageable, learnable skill.

There are a lot of resources out there to teach you. I’ve found a couple to be particularly successful. Here’s my list of resources for learning to code, sorted by difficulty:

Novice

Never written a line of code before? No worries. Just visit one of these fine resources and follow their high-level tutorials. You won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but don’t worry about it for now:

Dash - by General Assembly

CodeAcademy

w3 Tutorials (start at HTML on the left sidebar and work your way down)


Intermediate

Now that you’ve gone through a handful of basic tutorials, it’s time to learn the fundamentals of actual, real-life coding problems. I’ve found these resources to be solid:

Khan Academy

CodeAcademy - Ruby, Python, PHP

Difficult

If you’re here, you’re capable of building things. You know the primitives. You know the logic control statements. You’re ready to start making real stuff take shape. Here are some different types of resources to turn you from someone who knows how to code, into a full-fledged programmer.

Programming problems

Sometimes, the challenges in programming aren’t how to make a language do a task, but just how to do the task in general. Like how to find an item in a very large, sorted list, without checking each element. Here are some resources for those types of problems

Talentbuddy

TopCoder

Web Applications

If you learned Python, Django is an amazing platform for creating quick-and-easy web applications. I’d highly suggest the tutorial - it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and you have a web app up and running in less than an hour.

Django Tutorial

I’ve never used Rails, but it’s a very popular and powerful framework for creating web applications using Ruby. I’d suggest going through their guide to start getting down-and-dirty with Rails development.

Rails Guide

If you know PHP, there’s an ocean of good stuff out there for you to learn how to make a full-fledged web application. Frameworks do a lot of work for you, and provide quick and easy guides to get up and running. I’d suggest the following:

Cake PHP Book

Symfony 2 - Get Started

Yii PHP - The Comprehensive Guide

Conclusion


If there’s one point I wanted to get across, it’s that it is easier than ever to learn to code. There are resources on every corner of the internet for potential programmers, and the benefits of learning even just the basics are monumental.

If you know of any additional, great resources that aren’t listed here, please feel free to tweet them to me @boomeyer.

Best of luck!

I normally follow the “Don’t Read The Comments” guidelines to an absolute “T”, but this is probably one case where curiosity got the best of me.

Alongside all of the Islamophobia and talks of communism/socialism seeping from the comment section on this article, I noticed an interesting, but unsurprising uptick in comments about Michelle Obama’s weight. Even more interesting was how they specifically focused on her derrière. It’s completely beyond me how anyone could look at these and other similar comments and not see how this current administration has inspired closet racists around the world to reveal themselves in passive aggressive ways. 

People love to excuse this behavior, citing “anonymity” as the culprit, but that scares me even more. Real people are making these comments. There are people in the world who literally think this way and because they know their thoughts can get them in trouble, they hide behind a veil of anonymity on the internet, knowing very well they won’t be caught.

But what happens when they’re given the opportunity to do this in reality? Where they have the chance to practice as much hate as they can without consequence? The world is a disingenuous place, and if anyone is brave enough to make such racist, asinine comments on the internet, then their prejudices are willing and waiting to be acted upon.

(By the way, these comments are considered mild compared to many others I have seen. So…) 

maybemaibe:

robotmango:

americas-liberty:

Students Fed Up With Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul — Menu-Item Snapshots Spell Out Why

sorry, but i call bullshit (at least to the notion that michelle obama is the single source of this culinary hellscape). that crusty fried chicken sandwich in the top picture? i got served that shit in high school fifteen years ago, when michelle obama was an illinois senator’s wife. that ugly mess of ground “beef” and corn and mashed potatoes, with a single sad white roll? that shit’s so familiar i might as well be high-fiving it at a family reunion. our school lunches have been garbage for decades, ever since we let corporations enter the business of feeding schoolchildren on contract, when school lunches stopped being cooked at school and started being cooked in factories and freezer-bagged and microwaved on site. this shitty situation can’t be dropped entirely in michelle obama’s lap: she didn’t start sysco or aramark or maramont or any of the giant food conglomerates that serve up deep fried frozen faux food by the truckload into america’s schools, at a profit. why don’t we hold accountable giant corporations and industry lobbyists- like, i shit you not, the national potato council- who have fought against improving school lunch standards for decades?

michelle obama’s fighting an uphill battle because let’s face it, school districts across the nation are suffering and hemorrhaging money, and school lunches have always been a target of cutbacks. rather than spending money on healthy foods to cut calories and maximize nutrients- re the obama guidelines- schools just cut corners and serve less. their shitty substandard implementation of the guidelines does not mean that the concept of bringing healthier food into public schools is a failed one. 

and if you want to change school lunches, instead of complaining to michelle obama on twitter, you can support the local efforts of students, parents and teachers to improve their lunches, like the campaign going on in philadelphia right now. these schoolkids have organized to try and end the contract with their shitty corporate meal provider, and gather support for meals cooked in-school with better ingredients. i guarantee there are fights like this going on in more places than philly, and they could use your help.

13 years ago I remember we were literally served a single piece of cheese between two pieces of white bread and an apple with milk or juice. This was lunch we could purchase, the ONLY things we could purchase that day. Why? Because the lunch servers, monitors, and principal decided to punish the entire student body for a food fight that the popular kids did. When we told them who did so, they didn’t believe us (and by us I’m talking the nerd groups, the goth groups, the fringe and ‘troubled’ groups basically) . This isn’t Michelle Obama but local people of power like principals or whomever is control of food services for varying reasons.

Michelle merely set the standard for a healthy meal. She didn’t directly insert herself into your schools and force your cafeteria to serve you a shitty lunch! 

yo-tori:

ear2ear:

That Outkast performance at Coachella was one of the most disappointing things I’ve ever seen.

What a disgracefully flat crowd that didn’t really understand what/who they were listening to.

I feel bad for 3000. He looked uncomfortable to begin the show. But by the end of the performance, he seemed annoyed and disinterested with the thought like, “oh yeah, this is why I stepped away from music.”

When he asked the crowd, “how many bitches and how many hoes are here?” I don’t think he was just messing around. I felt that he had already lost respect and interest in the audience. He had his back turned to them for “Hey Ya” singing the song with no real passion or energy; in a sense giving them no satisfaction in the only song they probably were expecting to hear.

Big Boi did his best to salvage the crowd and get 3000 to come along, but I just feel like songs like “Elevators” and “Gasoline Dreams” are beyond that audience. They didn’t understand the darkness, the ambiance, and mystique of those songs. There’s a commentary in the lyrics that just does not connect with that sort of “party” crowd.

The crickets when Janelle Monae came out? On and on and on. Garbage crowd.

People who wear Native American headdresses and bindi for fun and probably call themselves hippies are not to be trusted anyway. Especially when it comes to appreciating Outkast.

unimpressed2chainz:

rashida jones is why i don’t like lightskinned girls 

i always figured rashida registered a 14 on the pH scale and she is just out here proving it all willy-nilly

eatsleepdraw:

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