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From Dabbler to Developer: Tips to Level-Up Self-Taught Programmers

About a year ago, I decided that my journey as a self-taught programmer and developer was stalling out. I was becoming an expert at completing tutorials, but I didn’t feel any closer to being comfortable starting and maintaining projects of my own. If you’re a self-directed learner in the early phases of learning to code, read on for some helpful tips that you can use to break into the next level of growth. Read more...

Open Source, Man-Hour Multiplier Effect, and Implications for Educators

I’ve been hard at work on revamping and sprucing up some of my personal projects, and neglecting my writing. So I apologize for the long read in advance, but this is a topic I’ve been thinking about for a while. Read on for some brief ruminations on lessons educators can learn from open source software communities! Read more...

SaaS and Sorcery: What Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley Taught Me About Everyday Heroes

***Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 and Silicon Valley season 3 included!*** Growing up, I was a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi novels. I loved stories about epic heroes who stood up against impossible odds, set against the backdrop of strange, foreign worlds. In the world of America circa 2016, entrepreneurs are sometimes considered to be our modern heroes. What does the hero’s journey of entrepreneur look like, compared to their fictional fantasy counterparts? In about an hour and a half of television last Sunday night, HBO showed us. Read more...

The Spider and the Librarian: A Self-Teaching Framework

I had a huge response from friends and new readers who were curious to learn more about the productivity tools I referenced in my last post. I thought it would be helpful to take a step back and describe the mental framework I use when charting a self-teaching path. To really make the most of the vast resources available to you out on the web, it’s helpful to think of yourself as filling two distinct roles or personas: I call them “the spider” and “the librarian.” Read more...

Organizing a Life of Learning and Action

Do you ever feel like you have trouble keeping up with all of the great ideas, personal projects, and priority items that will help you achieve your goals? When you’re trying to focus on your work, do you find your mind racing with random thoughts and to-dos? If so (or even if you’re just looking for ways to become more “productive” and put your mind at ease), then this post is for you! Read more...

Lessons from My Learn-to-Code Journey

Why write (or in your case, read) another blog post about learning to code? The last few years have seen an explosion in the amount of quality learning resources available to curious beginners. Free and subscription-based online learning communities, bootcamps (both in-person and online), mentorship/apprenticeship programs - the diversity of options can be overwhelming. It can be tempting to look for “silver bullet” solutions - and some of these solutions may even work for you and meet your needs! However, we have the great fortune of living in a time when learning materials targeted towards all types of students are accessible and relatively inexpensive, giving you the opportunity to tailor a learning sequence to your exact goals and ambitions. If this idea appeals to you, read on! Read more...

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