July, 23rd 2012
This comes as my first official post. I have been in the beginner class of Code Academy for 3 weeks now and I am finally getting a blog together. I can stay without hesitation that you really get out of this type of skillset what you put in. You cannot simply memorize / study and expect the skills to come alive. Coding is very similar to sports. Practice is the only way to get better. Sure some people have talent, but talent alone is not the answer. I spent a large chunk of my time on Saturday working on understanding all the previous lessons and actually not just reviewing the material back actually trying them out in in real time. I have come to the conclusion that reading Shay's page or watching the videos is not enough nor a good use of time. You need to be reading the blog and watching the videos while trying out the coding. The only way to do this is set aside a large chunk of time, which I think at this stage is greater than 3 hours. Take that time and read each section and practice the skill sets that the lesson described. This is the only true way to understand the material. Sure you can memorize concepts, but not putting them into practice will not allow them to stick. It has also dawned on me how important one's style is when writing code. Your organizational ability is such a key factor in allowing one to have success because you present your code in a clear and concise manner. Design capabilities also have hit me square in the head and now I can understand why an individual with a coding and design skill set is so in demand. These are not easy skills to learn, nor master. Well until next time my calendar is my masterpiece and I'm sticking to it.