This is The Best Way to Start Learning Programming for Beginners

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Do you feel you need to learn to code to blog?

Coding can be challenging.

I use coding and I’m not versed in programming at all.

I work with codes when I install the link for my linky parties.

I also work with codes when I put my blog post in HTML text.

Guest author Toufique Ahmed returns to explain how to make programming for beginners less challenging.

The Best Way to Start Learning Programming for Beginners

by Toufique Ahmed

Programming is a skill that is needed by many industries nowadays. This is why many people are interested in starting to learn to program. However, programming is not an easy thing to learn, not to mention that there are so many programming languages to master out there. Even though it is going to be challenging, it is highly possible for a complete beginner to learn to program. To help you pick up this skill more effectively, here are some tips to help you.

Start with An Easy Programming Language

The first thing you need to do is to decide which programming language you want to learn first. Yes, if you want to have a career as a professional programmer, you must master various languages. However, learning too many languages at once will overwhelm you.

So, make sure to start with one language and don’t forget to pick something easy. Python can be a nice option for beginners. It is easy to read, has thousands of libraries and also can be used to build a prototype. If you learn the basic with this language, it will be easier to learn more difficult languages in the future.

Find Good Learning Resources

When it comes to learning programming, it is best to take classes so that you can have someone to guide you. You also can ask any questions to your tutor or teacher anytime you want. But if you prefer to self-learn, it is certainly possible too.

Just make sure you find good learning resources. You can buy or borrow some books. Moreover, you actually can also find many excellent learning resources online. If you are planning to open your own business with your new programming skill, consider taking additional online classes on the economy or business and management.

Expect to Make Plenty of Mistakes

As someone who touches programming language for the first time, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. As a matter of fact, you will make plenty of mistakes. Programming is not easy and even the slightest error can mess up your whole work. So, take this time to learn and absorb everything.

Explore everything about the language you are learning including the tricky parts. Learning from your mistakes will help you master the programming language of your choice. If you find some roadblocks, go online and find more resources to learn or examples you can follow. Programming needs patience and persistence so as long as you don’t give up, you definitely can pick up this skill faster.

Keep Enriching Yourself with New Programming Languages

The world of programming is so vast and new things are invented on daily basis. So, don’t stop learning if you have mastered one programming language. Go learn the other languages, but this time, increase the stake and the challenge by learning something more difficult.

After learning to program for quite some time, you can consider learning C. (C is a high-level and general-purpose programming language, some people feel the best programming language to learn). It is widely used by reputable corporations to develop their programs. So, if you know how to program with C, you definitely will have a deeper understanding of computers and create programs that will be found useful by many people.

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  1. I've Lewis Fizo

    Great read Toufique,

    I can relate with your points.

    I think my own mistake while learning programing was starting with java and then php in a short space.

    It was a journey full of head scratching. Lol

    But it was really… fun all the way.

    What more? Once a programmer. forever a programmer. Its not a skill you can forget.

    So its worth it.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ige,
      Thanks for commenting on my guest author’s programming post.
      I have tried to teach myself the code I need for blogging. So far, it’s not much, but it’s better than no knowledge at all!
      Janice

  2. Bhawna

    Hey Toufique

    Really nice article. In the world of AI and Machine learning , coding is more like a asset. If you don’t know it you are no better.
    I am have started polishing my skills. I used to code but lately with personal life and stuff and I wasn’t doing it. But looking at the current trends it seems rather important.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Bhawna,
      Thanks for commenting on my guest author’s coding post. I agree with you. Coding is a valuable skill. I wish I knew more than I do.
      Janice

  3. Jeanette S. Hall

    Hello Toufique,

    Studied Computer Science in college. They had us start by learning to program in Fortran! The next year they dropped that language. We were forced into C++. Never got any good with that language. Preferred the advanced classes that taught us to create our own languages. Ended up doing most of my coding in Python or computer language. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in physics.

    Most kids (grade school age) can program these days!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeanette,
      I admire your knowledge. Coding! I know a little coding as a result of blogging, but that’s all. I wish I knew more. Thanks for commenting on my guest author’s coding post last week.
      Janice

  4. Ryan Biddulph

    TA I learned HTML nearly 20 years ago in tech school. Easy. Simple. Also helps me get out of some problems these days in my WordPress backoffice. Good skill to have too, for developing critical thinking and for being quick on your feet.

    Ryan

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      Thanks to this post, I learned that you and another blogger have a tech background. I didn’t know. I wish I had one. Learning HTML would help me as a blogger. The little knowledge I have helps, imagine if I knew more! How would a person learn HTML today? Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  5. Algrim.co

    I went to an interview and they asked me why am i living my previous company to join their company and i said my company have been sold but since then i didn’t hear any thing from them yet.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Was it a programming job? I’m sorry you were disappointed. It’s a competitive job market. Apply elsewhere to cover your bases.
      Janice

  6. AMIRA

    For me, the easiest way to start programming is to use the python language, which I find simple in its comprehension. What do you think?

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