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4/19/2014 (9:41pm) 28,548 notes

Do yourself a favor. Learn to code. Here’s how.

boomeyer:

I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.

Learning to code elevates your professional life, and makes you more knowledgeable about the massive changes taking place in the technology sector that are poised to have an immense influence on human life.

(note: yes I realize that 3/5 of those links were Google projects)

But most folks are intimidated by coding. And it does seem intimidating at first. But peel away the obscurity and the difficulty, and you start to learn that coding, at least at its basic level, is a very manageable, learnable skill.

There are a lot of resources out there to teach you. I’ve found a couple to be particularly successful. Here’s my list of resources for learning to code, sorted by difficulty:

Novice

Never written a line of code before? No worries. Just visit one of these fine resources and follow their high-level tutorials. You won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but don’t worry about it for now:

Dash - by General Assembly

CodeAcademy

w3 Tutorials (start at HTML on the left sidebar and work your way down)


Intermediate

Now that you’ve gone through a handful of basic tutorials, it’s time to learn the fundamentals of actual, real-life coding problems. I’ve found these resources to be solid:

Khan Academy

CodeAcademy - Ruby, Python, PHP

Difficult

If you’re here, you’re capable of building things. You know the primitives. You know the logic control statements. You’re ready to start making real stuff take shape. Here are some different types of resources to turn you from someone who knows how to code, into a full-fledged programmer.

Programming problems

Sometimes, the challenges in programming aren’t how to make a language do a task, but just how to do the task in general. Like how to find an item in a very large, sorted list, without checking each element. Here are some resources for those types of problems

Talentbuddy

TopCoder

Web Applications

If you learned Python, Django is an amazing platform for creating quick-and-easy web applications. I’d highly suggest the tutorial - it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and you have a web app up and running in less than an hour.

Django Tutorial

I’ve never used Rails, but it’s a very popular and powerful framework for creating web applications using Ruby. I’d suggest going through their guide to start getting down-and-dirty with Rails development.

Rails Guide

If you know PHP, there’s an ocean of good stuff out there for you to learn how to make a full-fledged web application. Frameworks do a lot of work for you, and provide quick and easy guides to get up and running. I’d suggest the following:

Cake PHP Book

Symfony 2 - Get Started

Yii PHP - The Comprehensive Guide

Conclusion


If there’s one point I wanted to get across, it’s that it is easier than ever to learn to code. There are resources on every corner of the internet for potential programmers, and the benefits of learning even just the basics are monumental.

If you know of any additional, great resources that aren’t listed here, please feel free to tweet them to me @boomeyer.

Best of luck!

(via cherrybaum)

theonewhosawitall:

caffenespeaks:

think-progress:

“If babies had guns…”

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i’m crying, imagine the ultra sound of a baby and its got a little helmet and a gun and the doctors all like “congrats, its an american!”

(via nerdofages)

archatlas:

Alejandro M. Campos Herrera

Just a small sample of the breathtaking images by Alejandro that you will find in his tumblr. I have previously complained about the lack of representation of Latin American architecture here on tumblr, but his photographs make up for some of it, capturing in his images the beauty and sophistication of our architectural legacy. For that you get a heartfelt hug from me, thanks.

Check out this tumblr!

(via cherrybaum)

4/19/2014 (2:46pm) 55,671 notes

tuejjlaz:

howlsmoving-asshole:

howllor:

oh my godddddd there is a new swedish reality tv show where they are tracking down internet trolls and confronting them about the death threats they’ve sent to people, since it’s actually illegal.

watching them try to explain how it’s not them is the best entertainment i’ve ever seen.

this episode ended with them fining him 5000 SEK to be paid to the victim!

guess what America should do

What is this show called I need it in my life

It’s #Trolljägarna (#Trollhunters) and I WANNA WATCH IT!

(via caelarue)

#trollhunters#internet#trolls#tv

4/19/2014 (1:37pm) 1,304 notes

gyzym:

six fanfictions i am currently craving: 

  • the steve rogers and bucky barnes are really mad about these newfangled bananas show, starring steve rogers and bucky barnes, who are really mad about these newfangled bananas
  • this same fic, five more times

#TO EXPLAIN: until the 1950s the bananas that were available in the US were a different type of banana than the kind we eat now#but then those bananas got a wasting banana disease and essentially died out#so now we eat a different variety of banana that was resistant to wasting banana disease#which is by all accounts totally not as good as the old school banana#THE LINK UP THERE IS TO A REALLY INTERESTING NYT ARTICLE ABOUT BANANAS#THAT I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT SINCE I READ IT IN ‘08 OKAY?!#and also i just want to think forever about happy things#like bucky barnes taking a bite of banana and spitting it out and yELLING#while steve rogers sits next to him nodding in angry agreement#we’re not a team we’re a time bomb

#catws#marvel#captain america

4/19/2014 (11:18am) 31,226 notes

ofelrond:

ofelrond:

when u start talking 2 new teenage boy & the first thing he asks you is ‘biggest fantasy?’

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i just started laughing really hard because that gif was intended to be a reaction but i just realized it is also my answer to the question

(via melancholydane)

#lotr