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[#CNC2022 "Code More" Cohort 1] Why do you want to code more?

This thread is for participants in Cohort 1 of #CNC2022's "Code More" Challenge.

Mission 1 Discussion Thread

After you've completed the reading and exercises in your Mission 1 email, respond to the following prompts related to the work you've done...

**1. Why do you want to code more
**2. How will you know when you've reached your goal?
**3. (Optional) What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified?

Scan through the comments after you've posted your own and interact with 1-2 other people. Don't forget to follow these people on CodeNewbie Community if you aren't already! 
 


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

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Ron • Edited on

I want to eventually have sufficient knowledge to create something. I want to be able to take an assessment at a job interview and do well. I also want to have the confidence to do this.

Although I am from the belief that learning is a lifelong journey that never ends, I will feel more confident in my goal achievement once I have completed:

  1. Intermediate Java (FIU)
  2. CodgGym course
  3. Udemy course
  4. JetBrains Academy

I have three assumptions I've identified:

  1. Time
  2. Progress
  3. Motivation

The only reason time is a concern is because I'm turning 51 this year and just feel like I don't have time to waste. I'm assuming I will make progress and stay motivated although I have days when I feel I am not making progress and lose motivation. The reason for this: not being able to solve similar types of problems.

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K C

All the best Ron.

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almostdevelopr

All the best, Ron!

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Lesley-Nicole

I hear you. I'm about to turn 39. When I have days where my code is just not working, I try to code something else that's more fun. That way I never lose motivation.

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George Guimarães

It's inspiring to see your motivation at this stage of life, Ron. I wish you the best of success in your journey.

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Adrian Skar

Time is the only thing we'll never have more of. Keep it up!

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rohit1101

Good luck, Ron you are going to kill the job interviews!

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ann-cyber

I want to code more because:
I want to get a job in this industry and figure out if it is for me. also solve my personal problems as well as the struggles of others. helping other people is my value, as well as creativity and curiosity.

I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when:
I know how github and git work, I have a routine and solved 3 problems this week. Also completing code newbie things when they arrive.

My top three assumptions for reaching my goal are:
i will not give up
i will not get derailed by other goals
i will not hyperfocus on something else (like knitting, i looked at yarn so much today it is insane)

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Azura Dios

Hi ann,
Your goals and assumptions are very similar to mine. I was hoping that you can be my accountability buddy. Since I have the same problems as yours so we can help each other out.

If you think that can help you. Please folow me and DM me

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ann-cyber

send you a dm on your website! not sure this site has dms lol

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Piotr Grzybowski

Hi Ann,
Knitting or coding hard choice :)
If you like to play a game and learn git branching at the same time I recommend Oh My Git! Github is quite straight so you should get it easily. Don't give up. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. All the best

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Brandon Redmond

Hey Ann,

I also love to help people! I used to be a teacher and it was the most rewarding experience. Unfortunately, teachers are under valued and I am here to continue my efforts to help people, while also being able to help myself live comfortable and a fulfilling life.

all the best!

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Carlos-Rainbow coding 👨‍💻 🌈

Another yarn lover! Let's make our hands created also virtually and not only physically, we can do this!

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Gabby

Hi Ann, I watched a video on Github/Git the other day which I'd recommend - at least I found it a very useful intro anyway :) youtube.com/watch?v=RGOj5yH7evk

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Adwoa

Why do I want to code more?
I want to code more because I know it will help me to become consistent and eventually develop a habit of coding.
It will help me to develop my skills and get better at coding.
It will help me get a job

How will I know when I’ve reached you goal?
I know i’ll have reached my “code more” goal when:
I become consistent with coding
When I code everyday
When I finish my app

My assumptions for reaching my goal are:
I am committed to taking positive actions everyday(code everyday) to influence my results and reach my goal
I am committed to dedicating more time to reach this goal
I will be more disciplined

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Anietie Brownson

I wish you luck on your goals. You're from Ghana right?

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Adwoa

Thank you. Yes I am.

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Mark King

Hello Adwoa. After completing the 100 days of code, I know coding everyday is possible. I wish you the best on your journey.

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Adwoa

Thanks Mark

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Piotr Grzybowski

Hi,
1. Why do you want to code more
I am in the middle of changing my career path to JS developer. I had to stop coding for a while because of my son's birth but now I am trying to get back on track.
2. How will you know when you've reached your goal?
When I will have a habit to code 6 days a week. Also when I add some projects to my portfolio.
3. (Optional) What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified?
Time management. I work full time and have 10 months child. My wife is at home still but there is plenty to do every day. Discipline will be a key to overwhelm that.

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Brandon Redmond

Hi Piotr,

Sounds like you have quite a lot on your plate! We're expecting a child this year and I'm hoping to keep motivated after the child arrives.

you got this! One day at a time :)

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Piotr Grzybowski

Hi Brandon,
Child changes everything but I wouldn't take it back. The worst is when you have to choose between playing with your son and coding. Few months old child can be very persuasive 🙂
Tkanks for the support and good luck to you too. Child means more on your head but also more joy every day
I believe we will be successful. Like you said one day at a time. I learned that consistency is the key and motivation is just an addition to it.

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Brandon Redmond

I couldn't agree more. It's all about showing up each day, whether its a couple hours, or just 20 minutes.

So glad to hear about the your son. I'm very much looking forward to being a dad :) At the end of the day, what's more important than family?

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Piotr Grzybowski

I agree family is before everything else. Congratulations to you. The moment you become a dad is incomparable to anything else. I keep my fingers crossed for you :)

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K C • Edited on
  1. I want to code more because:

    • I would like to get a job as front-end web designer and developer.
  2. I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when:

    • Completed the Wes Bos Javascript course.
    • Completed Portfolio site.
    • Completed three projects that showcase my ability with HTML/CSS/JS.
  3. My top three assumptions for reaching my goal are:

    • Having the discipline to code consistently.
    • Overcoming challenging parts.
    • Maintaining the motivation.
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Brandon Redmond

Hey KC,

Again, same page! How far along are you on your JS journey? Have you looked into any frontend frameworks like React/Angular? I've been using React and it makes front end development much more efficient and intuitive -- I definitely recommend looking into it. It's all JS based.

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K C

Hi again,
I did a bootcamp where I was exposed to all aspects of full stack development.
So a part of the syllabus was learning React which I thought was simply great to be honest. I loved how it approached web development e.g. modules/components, particularly with regards to developing larger applications/sites.
The issue I had/have is that I struggled to absorb a lot of the learning along the way, in particular JS. Working with data and fetching data via APIs comes to mind right now where the wheels started to come off for me.

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Piotr Grzybowski

Hi KC,
I suggest learning Vanilla Js first before React/Angular or Vue. I'm saying from my point of view and after a few failures on interviews. You should get all the weird parts of JS otherwise you will struggle with frameworks. I keep my fingers crossed for maintaining your motivation but recently I realized that in my case consistency is the key and motivation is just an addition.

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Brandon Redmond

I definitely agree with this. You should learn the ins and outs of JS before moving onto a framework.

There's a Udemy Course I took with the Instructor Colte Steele, The Web Developer Bootcamp. He does a really great job of explaining JS. You don't have to do the whole course, but the JS section was great, and he's funny. Udemy courses are pretty cheap and I think a great value.

Other than that, just trying to do some coding challenges will really help.

udemy.com/course/the-web-developer...

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K C

Thanks both for the advice.

Yeah I'm refocused on JS and I'm working through Wes Bos's JS course at the moment. Also attempting Frontend Mentor Challenges.

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crumbhustler

KC couldn't agree with you more on the maintaining motivation part. That'll be my biggest hurdle, but I'm feeling confident right now! Godspeed man.

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K C

Thanks very much! Likewise feeling confident now - just need to be able to pick ourselves up when the confidence wanes!
Same to you - all the best!

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Aaron McCollum

Why do I want to code more? I need the practice and discipline, basically making it a habit. I want to do a bootcamp once I return to the US, so I want to code more now to put myself in the best position possible.

How will I know when I meet this goal? When I finish out this cohort and all the activities. I don't want to drop it like I did last time. Subjectively, I'll know I hit the goal once I have a better habit and healthier relationship with coding and the learning process.

What are some of the assumptions for reaching my goal? I assume I will need to do more chores in the afternoon so I can code at night while balancing family duties.

I look forward to meeting others in this cohort!

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Ron

I feel you. I dropped it last time as well. I feel like so long as you keep getting up and moving forward you will be good. Trying to stick through this time as well. I had to look at my day and after deducting sleeping and daily chores(taking kids to schools etc) I realized how much time I had left and separated a block of time for coding.

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Aaron McCollum

That’s an awesome strategy. I will do the same. I already have an idea of when that can be but would like to formalize it a bit more.

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Brandon Redmond

Hey Aaron,

I tend to drop it as well. I go through spurts of coding every day for a couple months, then I lose it for another month or so. Rinse and repeat.

Let's keep each other motivated and on task!

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crumbhustler

I want to code more to become a literate full stack web developer and land a career in tech. I will know I've reached that goal when I, you guessed it, land a career in tech! So some of the assumptions are having enough time and putting in enough effort to get through it. Really for me it comes down to just pushing myself and not putting it off. I actually do enjoy coding but I get hard on myself when I struggle understand a concept or implement it into code. I am excited to see how everyone progresses.

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K C

This bit is so me! 😄

I actually do enjoy coding but I get hard on myself when I struggle understand a concept or implement it into code.

I'm glad it not just me who feels that way!
Guess we just need to learn to go-easy on ourselves.

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dorothy joy

Third this! It's hard to progress when the self-talk gets so negative just because I get stuck on a lesson and can't seem to connect the dots as quickly as I'd like. I blame my inner perfectionist, who developed very early on when it was reinforced a lot that I was "smarter" than other kids my age just because I sometimes caught on to concepts faster - all that really led to was never really learning how to Learn when it didn't come easy. But now I'm doing a lot of inner work and trying to treat myself with compassion and take a gentler approach. It's easier to get back up after "falling" away from coding if I'm not beating myself into the ground about it.

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Piotr Grzybowski

Hi Dorothy,
Inner perfectionist oh yeah I've been there and done that or maybe I still am :) Perfectionism is tiring. Failures are inevitable and natural. It's just something that happens to everyone. More important is what you do after them. I learned to think that every time I fail I am closer to success.
I wish you to find your way and fulfill your goals. And you're right we have to be gentle to ourselves. I am trying to think first what would I say to someone stranger if he fails at something and after that, I am asking myself why do I want to say something worse to myself.

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Piotr Grzybowski

I agree. If you fail then fail forward. Every failure is a step to success. Baby steps and eyes on the goal.

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Marios
  1. I want to code more because:
    I want to finally start working on my personal projects !

  2. I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when:
    I've at least started and progressed one of my personal projects…

  3. My top three assumptions for reaching my goal are:
    • I'll get some time to code
    • I'll get the necessary peace of mind and space to work
    • I'll stop making excuses :)

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Brandon Redmond

Hey all,

I want to code more because I love learning and being creative, so for me, software development really encompasses all of that. I would love to be able to turn this into a means of income.

To make my goals quantifiable, I can say that success to me looks like completing my personal site, having three projects I can post on my site, and having written 3 blog articles to have posted on my site. I would say that currently, I am about 1/3 of the way there.

My assumptions are that I have the discipline to stay motivated and persevere. I have the skills in place to ensure I learn what is necessary to reach my goals. And that I can complete them this year.

I often lose focus due to life events and lose valuable time getting closer to these goals. I'm hoping that being apart of this challenge will help me make some new friends and to help each other move forward and keep each other accountable.

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George Guimarães

Hi Brandon, are you currently in a different career trying to work your way into software development? I haven't walked that path myself but I know of many people who did and I can assure you it's worth doing it. Not so much because of the financial aspect (as awesome as it is for most), but because of the sense of fulfillment you will have uniting learning and creativity in one craft.

Looking forward to hearing about your journey in the future.

Saudações!

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Brandon Redmond

E aí George! Tudo bem?

I left my job as a high school computer science teacher a little over a year and a half ago. I've been trying to get into the software world since, and while I've been very focused during most of this year and a half, sometimes life happens and I get side tracked. I am getting closer and closer, and very much looking forward to it.

Tbm, sim! Pratico português todos os dias. Eu casei um brasiliero e visitamos a família dele pelo menos uma vez por ano, em Fortaleza. Acabemos de passar duas meses no brasil essa última november e dezembro. Sinto muito saudades do brasil e do sol da Fortlaza e São Paulo. Nova Iorque tá bem frio hj em dia... Tô sonhando de voltar em breve.

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George Guimarães

Tudo certo!

Thanks for sharing your career path. I'm sure many opportunities will present themselves very soon if you keep persisting at your goals. There are so many jobs open and the market is immense. Just keep learning and taking one day at a time and soon you will become a fellow software developer.

Agora faz sentido você "falar" Português tão bem. Eu sou da Paraíba, que fica relativamente perto do Ceará. É uma boa estratégia ir para Fortaleza durante os meses frios em NY. Sucesso mais um vez na sua jornada!

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dorothy joy • Edited on

1. Why do you want to code more:

I want to code more because I want to get a job that becomes a career in technology, creating and contributing to projects that I am proud to be a part of and eager to share with others. Also the pay bump would be a very welcome change for good in my life.

2. How will you know when you've reached your goal?

I know I'll have reached my "code more" goal when I complete the freeCodeCamp certifications in "Responsive Web Design", "JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures", and "Front End Development Libraries" and have the confidence in my skills to assemble a portfolio and interview for related positions.

3. What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified?

1) That I will maintain enough motivation to push forward even when I am not "feeling like it".

The plan is to find an accountability buddy for regular check-ins and support (DM me on twitter if you're interested @codeandbees) in addition to putting together a quick-to-access collection of articles, people & visuals that remind me why I want to code. Keeping things visually present helps me focus on them.

2) That I will have enough time to consistently complete lessons and get help as needed.
This is on me to recognize when I need to slow down and dive deeper into concepts instead of zooming through before I've fully grasped things. I want to understand what I am learning well enough to carry on a discussion about it.

3) That I will be able to find the help I need and have the courage to interact with other coders.

Anyone else struggle with social anxiety? It's been a lifelong challenge for me, and despite having had multiple jobs in customer-facing roles and doing all sorts of things that require interacting with others, this is still something that holds me back at times. When it comes to coding, I get even more anxious because I really love code and the spirit of the coding community, so the stakes feel very high.

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Mark King

Thank you for your transparency. I can relate with the time management aspect, wanting to fully grasp concepts and being able to make contributions.

You are already on your way, so keep up the great work you have started. You can do it!

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Pachi Parra

I started working as a DevRel very early in my Tech career, and while that means I have an awesome job that love, it also means that I didn't get much work experience as a Dev, and In 2021 I was so very focused on creating content and learning in Public (which was great and I love), that I didn't code as much as I would like.
So let's code more in 2022!

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Mark King
  1. Why do you want to code more? I want to be more consistent in learning how to improve my skills to automate repetitive tasks and eventually generate a revenue stream through coding.

  2. How will you know when you've reached your goal? I will know I have reached my goal when I have successfully implemented some process improvements by creating applications that make my computer task more efficient(e.g. replace Excel spreadsheets and charts with web app, incorporating data visualization). In addition, I hope to create apps/scripts to help those in my circle of influence with my enhanced skills.

  3. What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified? I have a few assumptions:
    a) Our family will create a menu for the week so we can eat at home more … saves the time driving/waiting at restaurants and money :-)
    b) I will stick to a schedule (work/family/coding balance); avoid burnout
    c) I will have the encouragement of this community

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jlesuerdev

Awesome idea to build your own stuff to automate the mundane. I'm with you on the constraints of everyday life. Looking forward to seeing your menu!

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Mark King

Thank you jlesuerdev. Happy coding!

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Hasobi

I want to code more because:
Even though i have computer science background, i’m not really comfortable with my coding skills since my main focus in study was in cybersecurity and i really wanna have extensive project and really wanna get involved in open source projects.

I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when:
When i could finish some projects and have several good reviews, i know it will take some times but i definitely will enjoy it through the process.

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Aaheli Sadhukhan

Why do you want to code more?
I want to code more because I want to learn more about various programming languages and develop my problem solving skills.

How will you know when you've reached your goal?
I will know that I have reached my goal when I have developed my skills. I can implement those skills to build the projects that I have planned to make.

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Carlos-Rainbow coding 👨‍💻 🌈

The idea of getting into the tech world has been in my mind for more than 5 years. In most of them, what have failed is the fear of failure and the overwhelming sensation of feeling stupid. Last year, I took the decision to not fail this time and is going great, because I've created a group of support of people learning to code like me, with weekly goals that helped me to not give out.
I want to code more because once I started with Javascript, the sensation of being dumb got stronger. This year I've been coding basically everyday and already I feel I get JS so much better, and I know that they key is to keep on going.
My goal with Code More is to finish the online bootcamp I'm doing, specially the react part, so by March I'll be able to:

  • Start my own project
  • Start looking for a job

I want to finally change careers this first half of the year and I know I'll be able to do it, if I keep on coding like I'm already doing.

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George Guimarães

Here is my reflection for today...

I want to code more because: I want to pursue mastery at my craft, so that
I can mix it with my unique set of talents and abilities in a way that can
fulfill my mission and help others.

I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when: Code becomes part of my
routine.

My top three assumptions for reaching my goal are:

  • Have the time to do it
  • Balance with all other activities in life
  • Keep it relevant to my motivation above

Of these assumptions, my riskiest is: to keep everything in balance.

When I think about my riskiest assumption, three possible root causes are:

  • Work demands
  • Family demands
  • Pushing too hard while neglecting spiritual, family, health, and work

3 ways I might address these root causes are:

  • Designing a routine that fits the current season of my life
  • Being flexible when the routine doesn't work out as expected
  • Be ready to change what is not working and keep trying to make it work

Of these, the biggest cause that’s worth tackling first is designing a routine
that fits my current season in life.

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Brandon Redmond

Hey George. Very well said. I really like the part about "my current season in life." We are always going through changes, and life comes up. I struggle with this sometimes and lose my way because some life event happened and have a hard time finding my way back. I'm here to help fix that and meet some similar people!

Also, are you Brazilian? I noticed the last name. Maybe from Portugal? Fala portugues? Falamos migo!

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George Guimarães

Hi Brandon, thanks for your comment. Yes, life comes up a lot, especially when you have kids around. I agree 100% that sometimes it's so hard to get back on track and I love the fact you're here to fix that and help others. We need to get back on track and course correct practically every day, don't we?

About your question, yes and yes. Fiquei muito surpreso de ver isso no comentário. Você pratica Português com frequência?

Cheers!

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Piotr Grzybowski

Hello everyone,
Because my last attempt to become a developer failed and I had to take some time off from coding, mostly because of my family issues. I am trying a new approach to learning new things. At the moment I try to learn TypeScript. My new idea is that I write an article about what I learned. I have to use the information I learned so it makes my brain remember it. Also, I have to understand what I just learned because in my article I am trying to explain those things. I believe it also can be a great reminder to me after some time.
Anyway, I would like to share an article I made with you. It's already on dev. to but I published it on code newbie as well.
TS season one episode one

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Azura Dios

**1. Why do you want to code more
I want to do more and more Data Structure and Algorithm questions. Because I have been trying to do that for such a long time but I get demotivated and distracted so many times that my progress became really slow.

*2. How will you know when you've reached your goal?
1. 4
coder on codechef
2. solve around 1000 problems on leetcode.
I know this is very high goal to set but sky is a limit.

**3. What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified?
1. Motivation
2. Progress
This is because I nned gratification to be constalnly working and stay motivated.

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crumbhustler

Motivation is definitely an assumption for me too. We can do this!

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Septembre she/her • Edited on

Why do you want to code more?

Because I want to add more tools to my work tool belt. I want to get better at JavaScript so that I can re-learn React and add animations to my tool belt. I have "learned" JavaScript twice but without practice/using it, I've lost the skill.

How will you know when you've reached your goal?

When I am able to completely read the JS written by others and am confident and comfortable writing it.

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Anietie Brownson

Why I want to code more?
I want to code more because I want to get better and build enough side projects that I can add to my portfolio so I can get a good job.

How will I know I've met my goal?
I'll know I'm there when I can code confidently and solve problems without having to run to YouTube for everything. And also when I start working on Real World Projects.

What are the assumptions for reaching my goal?
Keeping the flame burning even when it feels like it's challenging
Assigning time each day to code without interruptions

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Adwoa • Edited on

All the best

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Anietie Brownson

Thanks

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almostdevelopr • Edited on
  1. I want to code more because:
    1.1 Learn a new skill -> to build things
    1.2 Job -> Land a good job and do what interests me
    1.3 Build enough side projects to add in my portfolio

  2. I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when:
    2.1 When I will be able to build things and not give up on my coding goals

  3. My top three assumptions for reaching my goal are:
    3.1 A proper coding plan/roadmap on how to move forward with the existing
    knowledge/skill
    3.2 Passionate about technology
    3.3 Time management

  4. Of these assumptions, my riskiest is:
    4.1 Time management

  5. When I think about my riskiest assumption, three possible root causes are:
    5.1 Full time job so it sometimes become hard to find time to code consistently
    5.2 Not knowing how to proceed further
    5.3 No one to guide or help

  6. Three ways I might address these root causes are:
    6.1 Time management -> By properly managing my time I am sure I will be able to
    achieve my ‘code more’ goals
    6.2 A proper learning structure. Since the Internet is full of resources but not
    knowing how to start or what next makes it really difficult to stay consistent.

  7. Of these, the biggest cause that’s worth tackling first is:

    • Time management -> tackling this cause will surely help me achieve my coding goals.

Let's code together!
Twitter -> twitter.com/almostdevelopr
Github -> github.com/almostdevelopr

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Mark King

Hey @almostdevelopr ... great tag. I totally agree with the time management. After work, sometimes it is like I just hit a wall. Some days I push through the wall and code, but some days the wall wins smh. Also, ditto on #5. Prayer, Stack Overflow, YouTube and Google helped me tremendously. I wish you much success on your path.

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almostdevelopr

@mark_rightofzero Thanks a bunch man! wish you the same.

Looking forward to collaborate on some awesome projects.

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Collin Clifford

I want to code more to sharpen my skills but also to find a job within the industry.

I'll know I've reached my goal when I feel confident in my new position. Also, I expect to feel comfortable with the tools I've learned but willing to collect new ones.

I assume that I'll give myself the proper amount of time to work towards this goal. I assume that I'll make the best of my problem solving skills before resorting to relying on google. I assume that I'll complete this 5 week challenge.
My riskiest assumption is that I'll set aside the appropriate amount of time to work towards this goal outside of my current job and family obligations.
Three things I'm doing to help make this assumption less risky are:
Allot a specific period of the day when I get home from work to focus on my goal.
Keep a kanban board to help channel that focus.
Make an effort to fully understand problems before tackling them and loosing time working backwards.

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Lesley-Nicole

I want to code more because I want to be a blockchain developer.
A pretty good way of knowing I reached my goal would be to get certified....

Assuming I learn and practice enough to feel confident enough to take the test.
And that's assuming that I make enough time to study properly.

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Uchenna Egbo

• I want to build coding consistency habit it takes to be successful in my career and achieve the heights that I desire.

• When I am seamlessly building out projects, coding everyday and commiting to Github.

• Enough resources to learn from,
Enough time,
The passion to push through the hard parts.

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Ashorta • Edited on
  1. Why do you want to code more? to build consistency and discipline. 2.How will i know when I have reached my Goal? i. Clock 2 hours of coding everyday ii. Finish new course on udemy.
  2. Assumptions i. I will have time ii. I will not loose focus
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Chris
  1. Why do you want to code more

    • I want to code more to further develop my skills and attain employment as a software developer.
  2. How will you know when you've reached your goal?

    • I will know that I've reached my goal when I am able to consistently tackle more complex projects and dive deeper into various interview prep materials.
  3. What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified?

    • I will dedicate enough time daily to perform provided tasks and work on personal projects.
    • I will invest in additional learning materials to grow my knowledge.
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Atraisce

Nice! I think we have similar ideas about how to know we've reached our goals! Having enough of a sense of the language or the platform you're working with to know how to build (or work towards building) essentially any project or function set you can imagine!

As for the dedicated time thing, it's a major issue for me too. When I'm practicing my art skills, any amount of time will do. I imagine it will be similar for coding as long as we select the right kind of practice! A short challenge on CodeWars? Reading more about how to use a function you haven't tried before? This can be done even in 5 minutes on your phone so when you're really pressed for time you can still take a small step forward!

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Ana Vela • Edited on

1. Why do you want to code more?

I want to level up my JavaScript skills and make progress on a web accessibility course. I’d also like to complete some Frontend Mentor projects and start the UI Design Foundations course through Scrimba. The general idea is to create a regular habit of studying and building each day.

2. How will you know when you've reached your goal?

I would feel I’ve reached my goal if I made progress on any of these courses and projects.

3. What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified?

Some assumptions I identifed:

  1. having a time slotted for this practice or learning and actually completing a work session
  2. having the patience to work through challenges and difficulties
  3. not getting distracted by the next shiny thing aka cool new class or challenge, or fun project before finishing current projects
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Eero Saarinen

My ultimate goal is to land a job, so everything I do is aimed for that future. Easiest measure of how I know I've reached my goal is that I actually land a job.

But to achieve that I first have to bring back my routine. Since last autumn everything has not gone as I would have hoped for in life, which has lead me to lose interest and motivation. So getting that routine back is essential, and I know I've achieved my goal when I no longer succumb to the ever tempting siren song of procrastination and just code away.

The worst thing that could make me lose motivation is if I don't have enough challenge in my project(s). This has always been my downfall in everything that I want to learn, if it feels too easy I lose interest. Emphasis on the "feeling" part, and not on the objective scale of how easy something is.

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Adrian Skar • Edited on

Hi everyone!
In my case I basically wan't to code more because I enjoy it and I wan't to get a job at coding (guess getting one is the milestone). My main assumptions are that I'll have enough time, energy and motivation to do so. It can be hard having a different job and other responsibilities but I think I can do it.

- Mission 1 log

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Alexandre Pinhel
  1. Code more to refresh my knowledge and improve in areas like reliability, scalability.
  2. When I have a running application, properly monitored and deployed with a commit on the code without interruption from customer perspective.
  3. Asssumptions: dedicate time to code on regular basis. Find a meaningful project to do.
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Fatima-Ezzahra

Why do you want to code more?
I want to challenge myself, make mistakes and learn from them. I want to be as comfortable as possible when writing code and eventually create something of my own.

How will you know when you’ve reached your goal?
I will set a goal of working on an application each week, and hopefully completing it by the end of the challenge.

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Chin

I want to code more because I don’t think I’m doing enough now. Though everyday work is interesting, yet it’s not challenging enough. And also I would like get more familiar with other languages/frameworks/infrastructures.

I suppose I will never know that I’ve reached my goal. But I would like to put up cool side projects from which I could learn new things. To be specific is maybe: I could finish the online course I started with.

I will need interest, time and enough discipline for reaching the goal.

The riskiest one must be discipline and be concentrated enough to pull it through.

After finishing college, concentration has always been a war for me. When I’m at home, I’m always distracted by either social media, chats or YouTube videos and therefore can’t stay focused for enough time. And often it happens when quitting Slack, I immediately get the feeling of “now, I deserve a break” and then run into kitchen or turn on TV.
Another issue would be if I want to do something, I would want to have enough time to do it. If I have appointment at 2pm, I would definitely not achieve much before that because I’ll always think of things I have to do at 2pm.

In the past, I will not stay home if I want to achieve learning goals, library/starbucks were my favourite alternative choices where there are strange people around and I wouldn’t want them to see me only wasting my time on irrelevant website. However in time of corona I’ll still have to stay at home. Second way is it occurred to me that if I watch live streams of other people learning (white noise), sometimes I would concentrate more. Third way is to maybe clean up my working table.

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Gabby
  1. Why do you want to code more?
    I'd like to feel confident enough to apply for a software developer role.
    I'd like to have the skills to realise my ideas.

  2. How will you know when you've reached your goal?
    I have completed my coding time target each week.
    I have become confident enough to start building one of my personal projects.

  3. What were some of the assumptions about reaching your goal that you identified?
    I'll have enough time each week.
    I'll remain focused on progress rather than getting distracted by the self-doubt that can come with being faced with a more challenging aspect.
    I'll be able to balance this challenge with a full-time job/life in general.

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jlesuerdev • Edited on

I want to code more because: I want to increase my value as an employee and open up other possibilities/positions where I work. I want to help my place of employment grow with technology.

I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when: I've been able to create a working API, using both front and back-end languages.

My top three assumptions for reaching my goal are:

  1. Daily practice.
  2. Reading more.
  3. Completing the cohort.

Of these assumptions, my riskiest is: Practicing.

When I think about my riskiest assumption, three possible root causes are:

  1. Becoming too dependent on tutorials.
  2. Not setting an appropriate amount of time to practice.
  3. Using the wrong language/tools for the project.

3 ways I might address these root causes are:

  1. Force myself to use trial-and-error instead of just finding the answer.
  2. Setting a specific amount of time to practice each day.
  3. Not worry about if it's the best way and focus on making things work regardless.

Of these, the biggest cause that’s worth tackling first is: Creating the time to practice.

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Atraisce

Hi all! I'm super late to the part here but I'm joining in nonetheless!

I want to code more because:
I think it's a fairly strong skill that I would able to develop and use to do creative projects and make some money doing it! Coding is a skill that I enjoy playing around with and have used from time to time in a professional capacity but would like to claim more of a space for myself amongst professional coders!

I know I’ll have reached my “code more” goal when:
I have enough comfort with JavaScript that I can plan a simple project and work to expand complexity on my own. Really planning to tuck into a course on creative coding so finishing this course should be part of this although might take me beyond the time of the challenge.

I'll share two of my assumptions here:

  1. As many of you already say, time is a huge factor. I'm doing this on the side while also working to improve my artistic skills, also on the side. So it's a major challenge to keep up with things!
  2. While I can achieve my main goal by following a structured course or training, one of the greatest challenges to my longer term success is being bold enough to break into a freelance or professional space as a n00b. How does one push themselves to seek work once they have developed a skill set?
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Sam

I want to break into tech as a junior developer, preferably backend/fullstack focused. My riskiest assumption on the path to code more is that I will be disciplined enough to stick with coding consistently even when I'm tired. I'm working two jobs plus odd jobs on the side. I still find myself with time wasted on social media or just in analysis paralysis! I set a screentime limit on my phone to help with that.

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Atraisce

Hi Sam!

It's tough to stick with it when you don't have a lot of time, for sure! It's definitely something we can do, though, if we can find smaller ways to fit it into our most packed full days. And it's obviously super important to break from things and get some rest when we need it! It'll make us more efficient and better learners in the end!

Best of luck with the challenge!

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Jeremiah

I want to Code More to be fully confident in my skills and take up any task while learning how to be consistent in the process .

Clarity , when I get a form of clarity in purpose that , yes this is what I want to fully engage in and I can confidently execute it E.g building a full fledge E-commerce site.

my assumptions are :
I'll have Enough interest to follow through the challenge
I'll be motivated to complete all weekly task on time

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selly

I want to code more because I want to have a better understanding on how to create a better app. I want to have more options when deciding things not just "as long as it works". I will feel complete when I am able to build app my own and not afraid to posting it for public use.

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DakshitaVanga

I want to code more because:

I want to improve my coding skills especially in Java. I want to learn frameworks like Spring and Spring Cloud.

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DanialAhmed121

I want to code more, so I can gain a better understanding and gain more confidence in my abilities to code.