The Path I’m On

The most common question I get asked when I tell people that my goal is eventually to get paid to code is “How?”

Obviously, a great question. The answer is nebulous at best.

As I’ve said before, I have somewhat of a background in code.  With that in mind, here’s a list of what I’ve done so far, and what I plan to do in the future.

Learning Routes I Can Vouch For:

  1. Skillcrush Web Developer Blueprint – This is a three month course that starts month one with HTML/CSS, month two covers JavaScript and jQuery, month three overviews Git and Ruby. I really enjoyed this course and stayed on track right up until we hit the Ruby stuff, which was new for me. It took me an additional month after to complete, but once you pay for the course, you have access to all the materials for life. Another perk is the community – your cohort has it’s own MightyBell community to ask questions and regular office hours with a TA. That is super valuable. I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to brush up on HTML/CSS and take that learning a little further. Start with their Free 10-Day Bootcamp: if you find you can get through it pretty easily, you’re ready to take on the course. I saw quite a few of my classmates get frustrated at things I assumed were very basic. So if you are really starting off at zero, do the 10 day bootcamp, and if you struggle to get through that, you may want to work hard at mastering those skills before moving on to the course.
  2. Skillshare – Standalone courses that are anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours. A great place to start when it comes to web design. Monthly memberships start at $10 and you can get a free month by signing up with my referral link. I personally enjoyed Get Stuff Done Like a Boss, and Color on the Web I: Design Cohesive Palettes.  They have plenty of zero-to-deploy classes you can peruse. I have not personally taken any, but make sure to pay attention to how many people are in the course (the more the better), and how high the ratings are (aim for 100%!).
  3. CodeNewbie – I really love CodeNewbie’s podcasts and community. Ask to join their Slack channel for (what seems like) 24/7 help with any coding question you could have.  Join me on the Ruby Monday project as we work together to build a blog together in Ruby on Rails. They also have an amazing round-up of resources you definitely need to check out.
  4. Women Who Code meetups – Loving going to the weekly Women Who Code Ruby on Rails meetup in my area.

Learning Routes I Am Trying Out:

  1. Michael Hartl’s Rails Tutorial (chapter 4 at the time of writing!)
  2. Free Code Camp
  3. Ruby On Rails in 3 Weeks via Skillshare

I’m ruling out bootcamps for now, because I have a full-time job and am not in any hurry to quit it to pay several thousand dollars for a code course.

What works for you? Have you tried anything and found it particularly helpful?

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