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[#CNC2022 Cohort 1] "Start Coding" Welcome Thread

Hello and welcome to #CNC2022's "Start Coding" Welcome Thread for Cohort 1!

We're so excited you've committed to this five-week challenge.

In the thread below, leave one comment, containing responses to the following prompts:

  • Introduce yourself and share why you decided to participate in the "Start Coding" challenge
  • What are you most excited about in regards to the "Start Coding" challenge?
  • Anything you're nervous about?
  • What is the most interesting thing about coding to you?

After you've left your own comment, scan through the thread and introduce yourself to a few people by replying to their comments! If anything they've said resonates with you, let them know! Then, be sure to follow one another here on CodeNewbie Community.

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Jason Daniels

Hello everyone! My name is Jason and I am excited to get started with the Start Coding challenge. I decided to participate because I've always tried coding alone, and not with anyone else to support or motivate me. I am hoping I will be able to break the cycle of tutorial hell and get through to more productive learning.

I'm excited that I don't feel like I'll be doing this alone. I'm hoping I can be involved in the community and for that to help motivate me. I'm also planning to tweet out daily thoughts and ideas over at jdanielsdev on Twitter.

I'm nervous that I will fail again. But I've failed so many times, what's one more?

I am fascinated about how coding can break all limits. If you think of a tool that would be useful and none exists, make it. If there's something that can't be done, code a way to make it possible. Coding has broken so many limits in the past.

Here's to a great #CNC2022!

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Chris Miles

This is really relatable Jason.

Most of my existing (small) coding experience is from having a problem I needed to solve at work - bolting together VBA snippets copied from StackOverflow and the like to automate things in Excel, working with SAS statistical analysis and SQL because someone at work felt I had enough experience because of the aforementioned VBA, writing HTML and some (ugly) CSS in an attempt to make SharePoint pages slightly more engaging. Every attempt to translate those snippets of learning in the past have failed - partly because of the lack of a problem to solve, mainly because of allowing myself to get frustrated and bored, and of course because of my amazing ability to judge myself harshly for not learning something immediately when I haven't even allowed myself time to digest it!

Hopefully having likeminded people around me will assist to make this time different.

Let's go #CNC2022

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Alexis B

Hey Jason!! I completely get the fear of failure, but at the same time, if you've learned something new have you really failed? :-) I look forward to seeing succeed in the upcoming weeks!!

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Abaraoha David

Same boat here!
Tutorial hell has me on a loop, but i hope this challenge brings an end to it.
I'm rooting for you too!! ✊

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Leonorah

Hello Jason, this time is the charm! I am rooting for you.

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Andrea M.

Excellent and relatable post! Looking forward to seeing all of us get the most of this challenge!

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Kathy Maloney

Hi Jason, great to meet you and I just started following you on Twitter!

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Kingsley Odibendi • Edited on

Nice write up Jason!πŸ‘πŸΎ
Who knows, one more could be that break out you desire!

Rooting for you mate!

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Kierra Miner

So relatable! We're all going to see this throug

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Jeffrey Seda

Pleasure to meet you Jason! I look forward to seeing your journey as the weeks go by! I will follow your twitter so I can see your progress. You got it this time man! Lets do this!

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Leonorah

Hello fellow cohorts.
My name is Leonorah, a trained teacher who is trying to learn some coding. I have always been fascinated by the world of tech, specifically programming, and after months of self-sabotaging, I thought why not start the year with a goal to finally learn this!
I am both excited and terrified, and looking forward to interacting and learning with you all.

All the best in this new journey!

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Andrea M.

heyyy! Fellow teacher here! Wishing you all the luck!

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Leonorah

I am so elated that I am not the only teacher here

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Leonorah

Thank you Andrea, good luck too!!

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Ryan Day

Happy to see plenty of other educators here! I'm not a classroom teacher but currently working in college admin!

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Leonorah

OH wow!! all the best in this journey.

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Kingsley Odibendi

Hello Leonorah, I’m Kingsley.
What are you looking to build?

Wishing you all the best in your journey!

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Leonorah

Hello Kingsley, I am still figuring this whole new world out. But the first step I am taking is learning the basics and then start with python. The rest will fall in place hopefully, haha!

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mijost45

Hi Leonora!
I'm also a teacher and starting the year with this challenge. :)

Good luck on your journey!

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Leonorah

Wow, good luck too in this journey.

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Alexis B

Hey all! My name is Alexis. I've dabbled on and off in coding for years, but life tends to get in the way and I fall off. Now that life is slowing down, I'm hoping to put more of my time into the things I enjoy doing, like coding.

I am excited about learning new things and expanding on my current knowledge.

I'm not really nervous about anything, just excited to get started!

I love learning new skills and the joy I get seeing something I coded come to life and work is so wonderful!

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Taylor B.

Hi Alexis, I’m Taylor, nice to e-meet you.

I’m completely new to coding and I’m eager to see what I create come to life. What do you want to create?

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Alexis B

Hi Taylor!!

I've coded a couple of things through FreeCodeCamp, but I ultimately (long term) want to get into building my own website and app for my side business.

I will say one of they most frustrating and most rewarding moments in learning to code is when you get stuck on something and are able to figure it out and make it work!!

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Kingsley Odibendi

Hello Alexis, I’m Kingsley and I totally resonate around your last paragraph. The feeling is bliss!

Cheers to crushing #CNC2022πŸ₯‚

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Jeffrey Seda

Hello ALexis! I wish you the best in your coding challenge and may you get the best out of it! I look forward to this challenge alongside all of you!

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Raphael Jun Jie Jong

Hello, I'm Raphael. I've seen quite some coding challenges out there but those are always the competition type of challenges. But when I saw this codenewbie challenge which is done in assignment-like mode, I'm sure I'll be learning new things and therefore decided to participate.

The most interesting thing that I find about coding is that most of the stuff can be solve in a logical way. Memorising stuff that doesn't contain any sort of logic never worked for me, my brain just shuts downπŸ˜‚

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Maluckett

Hello Raphael,

I am such a logical thinker as well and I agree that a lot of coding problem solving can be done in a logical way. It will be challenging and fun!!

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Natalie Davison

Hi guys! My name is Natalie. I've been meaning to teach myself to code for ages, and have spent quite a bit of time flitting between resources, but I always end up fizzling out. I decided to join this challenge to make myself accountable, get more involved in the WebDev community and really jump in to my learning.

I'm really excited to properly knuckle down and start my learning journey and to meet some new people.

I'm not really nervous about anything (yet!), but I'm sure I'll find something along the way lol.

The most interesting thing about coding to me is being able to build something from scratch and also solve problems.

Happy coding everyone!

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Jeffrey Seda

I wish you the best on your coding journey and may you learn so much along the way. I look forward to your progress as the weeks go by!

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Natalie Davison

Thank you so much! Same goes to you :)

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thatohgi

Hey I’m thatohgi, I joined CodeNewbie to get started coding and be with a community that I can count on for support. I am excited to getting started on my coding journey, I’m also nervous to be starting my coding journey. The most interesting thing about coding to me is when I hit enter and finding out if this jumble of letters I mashed together actually works.

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Tina Vieira

Hello everyone!! My name is Tina and I am currently teaching AP Computer Science Principles. I have been a teacher for 17 years, but this is my first year teaching computer science. I decided to undertake this challenge as a way of sharpening my own skills. I did some coding in college, but that was a million years ago and systems change. I want to be the best possible teacher for my kids, and I also want to be able to expand the program. In order to do that, I need more knowledge myself.

I'm most excited about the connections that can/will be made by participating in this cohort. While it will be great to learn, I know that building a community of coding friends/contacts is what will give me longevity in learning.

I don't really think I'm nervous about anything. I guess the only thing that might be weighing on my mind is will this be what I need to find my focus when it comes to learning code. I think with all the possible languages, and nuances for each language, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I just hope that I can sort it all out to make better sense of it.

I find coding in general to be very interesting. I like the puzzle aspect of it and the critical thinking that goes along with debugging.

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Arthur Fedderson

Hi, my name is Arthur and I have always struggled with coding, but I am determined. Hope to complete this challenge and come away with something I can showcase. Pleased to meet you all, and best of luck in your own journeys!

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Kingsley Odibendi

We will definitely crush it bro!
Rooting for you!

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Nicholas Onyocho

HI guys,
My name is Nicholas, a young Data Scientist. I have been learning coding with Python for some months now. I decided to hoin the "Start Coding" challenge to further exoand my knowledge and try my hands on various other challenges.

I am so excited at the opportunity to gain and acquire more knowledge by taking on different challenges.

For me, providing solutions to problems is the most interesting thing about coding to me.

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Taylor B. • Edited on

My name is Taylor. I’ve been interested in coding for a while but never took the time to learn it. Now I’m ready to dedicate my time to learning how to do it.

I’m excited to learn by doing and gain a new skill.

Not nervous, but eager to get started 😊

I think it’s fascinating that you can learn languages to build websites, software, and solve solutions. A few years ago I accidentally clicked source code on a webpage and it blew my mind to see the code behind it. I like being creative and solving problems and I think coding opens the door to do both.

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Jay-Fred31
  1. My name is Joyce, a young heart and beginner in web development. I have been learning the concepts in Javascript and how to apply it in a web page, I am now at the stage where I believe I should try my hands on different challenges which is my reason for joining "Start Coding" CHALLENGE.

  2. The opportunity to learn and expand my knowlege through the different code challenges.

  3. I not nervous. Just excited

  4. Solving problems and seeing my solution work. This is satisfying

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Tom Cieslukowski

Hi! My name is Tom! I am a beginner at learning web development, currently learning and enhancing my knowledge in JavaScript. I decided to participate in the "Start Coding" challenge because I want to learn more and more everyday, I also want to learn by doing.

I am really excited to meet some new people and enhance my knowledge more in coding by coding.

I am not nervous at all, very eager and excited to get started.

The most interesting thing about coding to me is that there is many solutions to a question.

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Kate Mora Woods

Hi Tom - the thing you find most interesting is actually the thing I find most frustrating about coding! Haha. I tend to be a very black and white/right and wrong type person so the fact that there are multiple solutions to the same problem is so frustrating as a learner/beginner! But I know it's good for me :)

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mijost45

Hi everyone. I'm mijost and I've decided to take part in this challenge because I had to start somewhere, right?

To be honest, I'm a total beginner. Two days ago I started learning the basics of JavaScript so I'm still quite illiterate, but it feels good, accomplishing stuff out of my comfort zone, which is what I'm most excited about. I come from the humanities and I've been having a tough time getting jobs that are actually interesting, so I figured I might as well tap into another field that I had never considered for myself.

I'm nervous about failing, of course, because I'm trying to prove to myself that I am able to learn a skill when I'm no longer a teenager but I'm also not so much into keeping myself accountable on social media, because if I lost interest in coding and stopped half-way through this challenge, it wouldn't be the first time I quit something, and it wouldn't be the first time the world would know. I'm doing this for myself and I don't regard my presence in social media to be as important as to share my personal journeys on it. Sure, I'll rant and scream on Twitter if I ever feel frustrated but that's it.

The most interesting thing about coding, and I recently discovered this just learning the basics on JS, is to create stuff. I knew websites were more complex than what the user sees on their screen but to actually envision the depth of programming, and not just websites but everything is awe inspiring.

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M&M πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ’»

I feel you on the failing part, but no worries! I am hoping that your determination and motivation takes over and you and the rest of us complete and move forward with our journeys. πŸ’œ

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mijost45

Thanks! I hope the same for you too. :)

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Maluckett

My name is Mallie, starting my coding journey by being a part of this cohort and challenge. I have always wanted an opportunity to learn about the different aspects of coding. I am excited about learning a new language in a world that's growing by leaps and bounds. Yes, I do have tech issues, but I hope to overcome them with lots of hands on training from this platform and community out reach.

The most interesting part of coding is seeing a project come to life from the inside out and I love to problem solve. I can't wait to get started.

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Kingsley Odibendi

Hello everyoneπŸ‘‹πŸΎ,I’m Kingsley. Decided to participate to practice more of the little I’ve learnt so far and write codes more confidently.

I’m excited about connecting with like minds and learning from everyone.

Getting the conviction to get started was the hard part for me. Learning has been smooth, but i get a bit nervous when i open a blank editor lol. Hopefully, with constant practice it will be a thing of the past.

Building websites, bringing my ideas to life and getting past difficult hurdles is fascinating.