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#CNC2021 "Start Coding" Pre-Mission Submission Thread

After you've completed the reading, comment below with your reflections on coding anxiety, impostor's syndrome, and how they relate to your journey. Feel free to introduce yourself and follow other participants you see below.

Congrats on challenging yourself to Start Coding! If you have any questions about the challenge overall, head to the Start Coding Help Thread. For any technical questions throughout the challenge (or in general) write a #help post and share with the community!

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Amaechi John • Edited on

Hello everyone! My name is John from Nigeria. I'm super excited that I am learning on this platform.
I'll like to say that I totally agree with the points the writer had listed. Personally, I feel overwhelmed whenever I get to think of all the stuffs that's out there that I need to learn and how broad the programing path is.
But am very much happy that I can start somewhere with the tips that has been provided.

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That's one of my issues is the vast amount of resources available. How do you choose one? I guess you just push off from where you are!

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Wow nice to find a fellow Nigerian here, my name is Gideon.
I just joined the community.

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Darryl Le Roux

Hey all.
As someone who is looking to change careers at almost 40 years of age, the anxiety is extremely weighty at this stage in your life. "Will someone hire me at my age?", "Will I be able to complete this?", "Will I be able to actually retrain my brain to think in a different way?" All of these are questions that I keep on asking myself - which eventually causes a mental roadblock when studying.
I plan on using these resources to try and drill it down, that with enough practice in the right environment, it can be possible.

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Rina Florijn

Almost 40? Young pup! I'm turning 41 in 3 weeks time! ;-)
I share your worries though and am mighty happy that I am single and am only responsible for myself. I tend to remind myself that every little step you take is still a step further towards your goal than doing nothing at all. It also makes me feel less bad about myself on days where I don't code at all but am only reading articles or watching videos about coding.
Good luck with the challenge!

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Amaechi John

Sure it's possible

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Jozi in the house. I feel you. The sheer breadth and depth of "programming" is kind of mind blowing! We can just go one day at a time and slowly start to see things click.

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Sabine Emden (she/her)

My goal to learn frontend web development and change my career in my mid-forties triggers feelings of uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure in me. BrenΓ© Brown's work on vulnerability, most importantly her book Rising Strong, is invaluable for me for learning how to lean in to the discomfort. This deeply personal work is at least as important as building the necessary technical skills for me to reach my goal to be a frontend developer.

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Amaechi John

We will all scale through.

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Berkan A.

Hello everyone! My name is Berkan and I am from Macedonia. I'm a person that started learning how to code in 2018 but i stopped. Before that I started to learn how to code back in 2014 but i stopped again, now for the third time i have to keep on learning because i want to create a startup company that i am very excited about.
Any tips on how to keep going would be welcome.

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My journey is similar. I'm still tryin to be a developer. Good luck.

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Hello everyone, I am Hammad from Pakistan and my goal is to master a programming language and increase my coding knowledge so that I don't constantly feel like an imposter while working in tech. And to shed this insecurity of 'inadequacy' while applying for more 'techy' and dev-oriented jobs. I don't know if that's the right motivation because I think this feeling of 'inadequacy' is meant to stay, as there will ALWAYS be so much more to learn when it comes to CS technologies. Anyway, gotta start learning at some point. May be my perspective will change along the process. Let's hope I stick to it this time haha :)

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Hello there,
I am not sure to how to start. My goal is very simple - to be a confident software developer. The article mentioned about anxiety and insecurities and those feelings are real to me. Taking this challenge is a huge step for me. I hope by taking this step, my understanding and confident in software development will grow.

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Adam • Edited on

Hi, fellow coders! I couldn't agree more about the mental effects of 'imposter syndrome' and, at 36 years-old, I feel the creeping doubts of obsolescence. I am also guilty of spreading myself too thin with different languages and concepts and I hope to rectify this mistake with a new, more concentrated, and specific curriculum. I am further guilty of being a terrible personal-networker, and I'm even worse at asking for help. I look forward to changing these personality traits in myself and, in the spirit of connecting, I'd like to invite any/all of you to reach out to me via LinkedIn, GitHub, or Twitter. I look forward to beginning and completing this monumental journey with all of you, and wish you all the very best in this endeavor.


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Hello! My name Daniel from the US. I'm a senior in a Computer Science program and the imposter syndrome is real! I'm hoping to learn a bit more to put my mind at ease as I get ready to start looking for developer jobs at the end of this year.

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Edwin Duenez

Good luck Daniel!

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Dawn Susee

Hi. My name is Dawn. I love to program. I will be using the coding challenge to review some of the languages I have not used on a while and to learn some new ones. I am excited to get started. I have emailed the link for the Challenge to my students. Hopefully I will see some familiar names over the summer.

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Amaechi John


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Edwin Duenez

Hey, y'all!
imposter syndrome hit me hard when I began attending a local "Learn to Code" meetup. Most of the people attending were either in boot camps or pursuing a CS degree in college. I was the only one going the self-taught route. Everyone seemed to understand all the information the instructors were presenting and I felt lost and out of place.

Although it was hard for me at first, the mentors there were super cool and helped me out a ton and I did begin to notice progress.

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Gabriel Esteban Ruiz Meneses

Hello everyone! My name is Gabriel Ruiz and I am from Colombia. I am very passion about technology ,specially on the hardware and customer service side of it. This year I am planning to start on the software side of tech. I am surprise the main programming language the author use is Java. I was focusing more on Python, but I will now try out java and see how it goes. For now, I am open to new ideas or resources you guys can share. Feel free to connect on LinkedIn, or shot me an email at Happy coding

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Diego Paula

Hi guys! My name is Diego, I'm a frustrated chemist from Brazil. I am very happy to embark on this journey with you! Feel free to talk to me if you need anything, two newbies think better than one.
About this reading, I identified myself completely, and put the tips into practice. I am very motivated.

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Rody Thauvin • Edited on

Hello everyone !

My name is Rod, and I am currently living in the south of France, after having moved from Paris about 3 years ago.

Being 43 years old, the point in the article "Keep calm" about fearing to enter this domain at a later stage is a valid one, echoing to me.

But... It also kinda makes me feel better to see that quite a few people here are also in their mid-thirties to mid-forties... ;-)

In the article, they say that it is important to join a community. Well, asides from possible mutual help, I guess this is exactly what it's about : feeling better about overcoming our own weaknesses, finding emulation to progress, and knowing that we are not alone with our various fears and challenges.

My career has always more or less been related to IT, but not so much to myself programming. Though, in my twenties, while living in Ireland, I did work a bit as a freelance on PHP (v3 if I recall correctly), but I may have been an self-oversold fraud ;)

The other time when i felt the most as an imposter, was a few years back, when i was doing project management in a web-agency.
Though I loved this job, I was facing developers everyday, and they can sometimes be a bit of a difficult population to manage ;)
To my dismay, these were people with whom i felt I had not enough credibility nor legitimacy. Lacking technical coding skills, there were times when I could not understand all that they were on about.
I then figured out other project managers often feel the same way, but that was not enough to comfort me ;-)

Later on, after working in a startup accelerator, I joined-up a 3-months very intensive coding bootcamp (not online, physical attendance and full-time days).
Supposedly one of the world best coding bootcamps now, at the time, I was from the 2nd batch of students only and the program was still in its infancy, not as well defined and organized as it now is.

Even though I finished it, I consider myself as one of the "drop outs" from it.
At first, I had prior (but limited) coding knowledge compared to others, so things were easy to me, and I did not require many efforts from me.
My attendance dropped slightly, and upon returning after only 3 days leave, I hit a wall.
I had been greatly overtaken by other students of the class, even laggards.
My ego thus hurt, I lost all motivation.

It is a little frustrating to me to see how far most other students from this bootcamp have gone (senior developers, founders and heads of thriving startups, etc.) while I haven't.

Since then, I am still trying to get back to coding, from time to time, as I have many ideas that I would like to implement.
But on your own, it's not so easy to guide, discipline and structure yourself. It can even be quite discouraging.

My most fundamental problems are that I spread my grey matter onto too many resources to learn and too many personal projects at the same time.

Another big problem I have, is that on these side-projects, I anticipate way too much all the features and code problems to come. I end up conceptualizing these huge engines that will never see the day, crash and burn making too many knots with my brains, then get into analytic paralysis and give up for a while.

Because of this, my startup or side-projects never see past their early stages, - which I often keep re-doing, project after project (besides, at these early stages, this means pretty much always the same extended boilerplate). Time passes ; I forget how do things, until I decide to try again, and so on.
Another source of frustration.

I suppose I'm too eager to get to the heart of things, jumping straight to coding, not thinking and constraining the scope enough. It seems I forget all my project/product management teachings while doing so ;)
Generally, I give up too easily, too soon. Most likely because of all of the above reasons.

I had already subscribed to the CNC in 2018 but for lack of time, did not follow through after the first email.
The CNC2021 announcement email came at the right time this year. When I self-reflected on my short-comings, and have decided to do things differently.

I have lost a bit of confidence in being able to finish something. Yet this time, I am feeling determined to follow through to the end of the 5 weeks, not giving up before it.

My main aim is merely to keep having the discipline to be organized, structured, do things on time as emails drop, not procrastinate and not give up.
If I manage to finish the 5 weeks challenge, on time, I'll consider it as a win.

Currently my focus are (re-)learning Ruby (+Rails, apis, gems, etc.), vanilla Javascript & JQuery and CSS processors. Later on, I'd like to throw a glance at NodeJS, graph databases and React.

Indeed, it is important to connect and support each other. So I'll be happy to discuss any of these topics, exchange, share tips, and help you if I can - with my meager knowledge.
So feel free to follow me, here on CN ; I'll follow you back - as it seems mutual follow is required to converse.

More generally, i'm also interested in studying meta-innovation (how ideas come to be), history of innovation and sciences, psychology of beliefs and social psychology, philosophy, mixology (cocktails) and many more things. Always happy to talk about these topics too.

Finally, and most importantly, I wish good luck to all of you in this challenge ! :)
Take care.

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Hello IΒ΄m Ricardo from Mexico. Im Agree with the 4 tips specially when you try to learn and have no idea where start and not follow a path to learn, instead trying in a messed way.

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Aaron Long

Hello Everyone! My name is Aaron. I've been studying code on and off for about 2 years now, still trying to wrap my head around concepts and break into the tech world. I participated in an online bootcamp in 2019 and learned a lot from that. I would like to work on holding myself more accountable, getting better at networking, and building a community of support in the tech space.

Excited to be here and paticipating in the challenge!

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Rina Florijn

Hello, I'm Rina from The Netherlands.
Imposter syndrome is something I first heard when I decided to return to coding. Oddly enough, I don't think I really suffer from it (yet?). I think it may have to do with being a little older (40 yo) - I had a to learn a lot in my (rather varied) working life so far and succeeded learning new skills then - why not this time?
My main struggle is that I was always told what and how to study, and when and now that I have to figure it out on my own I feel rather clueless and overwhelmed. This challenge couldn't have come at a better moment and I wish all participants a good time completing it!

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GecikaDM • Edited on

Hello codeNewbieCommunity, my name Is Gecika, almost 42.A year and a half, I ve done a 5 months bootcamp which gave me a lot of stress and question to myself. I though for a while after that period that coding wasn't for me as I had some doubt about what I was able to do to produce to code to show and I had a kind of giant doubt and I lost confidence. It feels like I can't reach my goal, but I don't give up as I really like spending time learning new concepts, understand them. But It's like sometimes I am like in front of my screen and don't know where to start and how to start... It s very frustrated, sometimes i think that I can understand just tutorial and make basics. I don't give up, and I try, compare the period during my bootcamp, to take pleasure by coding, learning stuff and hopefully getting a front developper job this year!

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Hello Everyone! Reading "Keep Calm and Start Coding: How To Fight Coding Anxiety" it really hit hard. As a 33 year old I do feel sometimes time has run out but then I look around and read other peoples journey that they have share and get encourage. Also I do get overwhelm by all the resources out there to help us newbies on their coding journey. Not knowing where to start or what platform to use can get frustrating.

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Ethan • Edited on

Something I picked up from the Keep Calm article is that I've found that being a small part of an online community is helpful. Maybe there's a good discord for programmers/nascent developers?

As far as imposters syndrome - it's not something I've felt yet nor do I anticipate feeling that way. I'm learning to provide a great income for my family and I know I'm going to earn the ability to do business in this world.

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Hi all! My name is Michael. Reading Keep Calm and Start Coding reinforced a lot of what I have learned from listening to the CodeNewbie podcast already. I especially agree with the "Starting to late" point. I'm in my early 30s and sometimes feel like I'm starting to late.

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Once again, I'm trying to reach my coding goals. Wish me luck, discipline and consistency!

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Hello everyone. My name is Hazem Soliman. I agree with the point of being stressed knowing there's still so much to learn.

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Adri Kostecki

Hello Everyone

My name is Adri and I call the Netherlands home. It is great to read the thread and find people in my position. I am late to programming, in my 40's. I always wanted to learn programming, had a few attempts but found it too difficult with a 9-6. I have the opportunity and means to learn now, which I am very grateful for but I have a few things that scare me senseless: security is one, but mostly it is connecting with fellow developers, opening up and getting accustomed again to being a beginner...with all the facepalm moments that will give me. This is my biggest block, I have been going at it on my own, even after reading hundreds of articles that advise the opposite, so thank you all for your open comments, I realise I am in good company and look forward to the challenges. :-)

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Hrikraj Chakraborty

Hi, everyone! I'm Hrikraj, I'm from India. My problem with learning to code is, Laziness. I am interested in tech and coding. But oftentimes I couldn't stick to it. Also, I have this weird habit of going through tutorials after tutorials and practising very little on my own. It is probably because I am too shy to ask for help. So, this is the reason why I have joined this community. I hope to learn and interact with all you guys!

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GaΓ«lle Morin

Hi everyone!
This article is useful for me.
I get quite stressed when I code.
However, I have worked in the medical field and have encountered stressful situations that I have managed to cope with.
But I am afraid when I code.
I can't stay focused for more than 30 minutes. I'm afraid I'll fail and I won't be able to do it.
When I read the article, there is a lot of good advice.
I will learn JS without stressing about other languages.
I need to find a road map. I have the resources. I need to find a community.
But I'm not impressed by young developers. With time, everyone develops knowledge. Of course, the younger you start, the faster you become an expert. But we all have knowledge in areas that others don't have. You just have to share it with goodwill.

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Hey Guys,

i am Basti from Hamburg, Germany.

I want to change my Career in the direction of Coding, nowadays i work in a School with little children.

I was starting Coding with HTML in the early days, when i was like 10-15 years old, but then i stopped. I will try to follow along now.
I can code with HTML and CSS, my next step is to learn JavaScript.

I am excited to join the Community and i hope to learn a lot from all of you :)

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Hi, I'm J.C., i'm from Dominican Republic, and i'm excited to begin my journey to become a frontend developer.

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Hi, guys! My name is Doina and I'm from Moldova. I'm so excited to be a member of this great community! In March, I began my journey in web development.
Here are my thoughts after reading the article.
To begin with, many of us as beginners try to learn so many things all at once. The result is a mess. This leads to discouragement, lack of confidence, the feeling of "you're not worth it", and also facing fear in all its forms when it comes to changing your career.
I believe all these states have their origin in our perception, all are a result of our limitations we have created for ourselves.
Most of all, I struggled with the fear that I might not have enough time to learn because I want to support my family financially. That created a lot of pressure for me.
The second thing was the actual process of learning. How was I supposed to keep up with it all?
The last thing was to join a community of developers. Here I am and I'm so thankful for that!
In my opinion, changing your mindset is crucial to making a positive difference in your life.
Happy coding to everyone!

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Nicki (she/her)

Hi everyone, I'm Nicki, originally from Germany, but live in Paris now.
I've signed up for this challenge two years ago already, but failed terribly :D
I guess partly because I left the community aspect aside, so it was easy to lose focus.
I'm 34 and looking for a career change like some of the others here as I can see. I'm not sure if coding will actually be it in the end, but keep coming back to it, so there must be a reason!?
I was glad that the first assignment was to read a post about coding anxiety, because it confirmed that I'm not alone with those feelings. I think my biggest fear is to put a lot of time and effort into this only to find out that I'm not good enough, that I can't keep up with the latest developments in coding (and therefore anything I learned will be useless or outdated after a few months if I don't put a lot of work into keeping myself up to date) and lastly, that actual coding that can earn you money (not the one you do for fun in your first couple of lessons online) might turn out to be less interesting than I hope it would...
I'm hoping this challenge can answer some of those questions/doubts for me :D

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On Corners Design

Looks like I am joining this thread late but am excited to start the "start coding" challage. The reading assignment had points that were important to me personally. First, you are never to old to learn to code. Let's just say I am older than 30 with over 25 years experience in my first career as an architect, that is the kind that designs building's. The second point I found critical was the importance of community. Codeing alone it is hard.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

You're not late! You're right on time! Welcome to the CodeNewbie Challenge!