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The day I decided to code

Finger press on laptop keyboard with computer source codeWhen you hit your 30s you go through something of a strange period of change. You realise you are no longer young, but you hanker after the simpler, more innocent days of your childhood…a time before things became really complicated!

Saturday morning last week I woke up with a strange thought in my head. ‘You know what I haven’t done in a long time? computer programming! You know what I think I’m going to sit down and learn!’

And I did, there and then I got onto my Chromebook and started to research and found within minutes a whole load of websites and books from which I could learn how to code once more. I started that day with Code Academy and refreshing some of my very rusty knowledge of HTML. By Friday I had brought myself a Raspberry Pi on which to learn Python, a whole heap of books from which to read from and already written my first basic programme which I used to pick my lottery numbers from (you think I jest but this is sadly true!) In the meantime I had worked a 40 hour week as an engineer!

What it does show however, that while I may be a fool and rush into things, you can achieve a huge amount in just one week with a bit of single mindedness and the right equipment to hand.

For me it started with a simple £199 Chromebook for which I could do my research on and make a start in some basic programming with the help of some coding websites, which while designed for children are also an asset to any adult wanting to get started.

It doesn’t even have to cost that much. The Raspberry Pi itself costs just £25, although if you buy a starter kit, which I would personally recommend as it comes with all the cables and instructions you need to set up, it will set you back between £45 and £75 depending on where you shop. Still under 100 quid to get started in programming…you can’t say fairer than that!

Now that I’ve got started I don’t want to stop too soon, I’m enjoying the learning curve and exercising the ageing brain cells. Programming may come in useful in a wider context for me, but at the moment I am just happy with learning and having a bit of fun with the process and seeing how far I can push the limits of my own abilities in the area.

Programming isn’t the exclusive domain of the young, us 30 somethings and older can also gain something from it…and I’m intending on doing so!

Post by nexusgeekgirl, reblogged with permission from A Life in Code

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