I used to look puzzled at BASIC way, way back in computer club…
…and never thought I would be learning to code. That is for those other, smarter, stronger, talented, brave, younameit people, not this tiny village, horse farm kid from northern Europe. But that's also what I thought before I bought a loud and shiny motorcycle and learned how to take the motor out; picked up the bass, joined a heavy rock band and moved to NYC; …somehow it turned out it was for me after all, so why did coding still seem unimaginable? Well, the math thing, I failed all classes and scraped by on art and languages, like a proper lady.
Then, one day a nice person told me that Railsgirls is coming to town and that was it. I was left dizzy with an intense desire to understand what just happened: "I can build stuff with my favorite machines? Oh, it's so on…"
(and when hesitant to enter at a Ruby conference, I imagine all in black Rock T-shirts and it's just another Metal show)
They say: "just build something", but that means I needed to know how to change directories, commit, push, pull and understand why the Railsgirls coach made me hit 'Control-C' and then type in 'rails s'… I had no idea there even was a Terminal.
Here are links that got me started with CSS and HTML to build this website:
A List Apart
Designs to drool over
Then on to Ruby and Rails:
The main tool for every Developer...
Skillcrush tech terms
The Walled Garden
Great Ruby list
"Sit up straight! Take your breaks! Do not mess with your muscles! They will win…and your desk IS trying to kill you!" I really, really mean it and wish somebody would have told me to stop ignoring my body and to check out my Trigger Points. After spending years in pain and $100 and up per session (that, no health insurance thing) on chiropractic, acupuncture, massages and anything else promising relief, I have found the only thing that works for me. It's not a quick fix, it does take patience, but it is amazing when you find the spots that make you cringe and feel better after working on them.
More links for your research pleasure here…
The surprisingly social animal.
(don't try this all alone)
I got myself Tweetdeck and and read what they had to say on Rails, Ruby and starting out.
There could be cupcakes or beer or both:
Amsterdam Rubyists, probably one in your town
Learning is popping up all over:
They did it:
Food for thought:
Why code?Impostor Syndrome