Five Ways to Learn Code – Coding for Communicators Event Recap

Coding is a language, one many of us don’t understand but are expected to. The goal of the Coding for Communicators event was to help provide communicators and marketers with the basic essentials to then implement in their own work. At the workshop on Tuesday, April 18, Ryan Chenkie provided an overview of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, before jumping into a hands on coding lesson. Below are his five proven ways to learn code:

Start Small and Build Your Way Up
Sites like Codecademy, Treehouse, and Scotch School have free beginner level material to get you started. When you’re ready for intermediate or advanced learning, try resources like Udemy and Pluralsight.

Practice, Practice, Practice
The best way to learn is through repetition. When you learn a particular web development skill, try applying it in many different scenarios.

Take on Small Projects that Challenge You
Find a small project that is outside of your comfort zone and commit to it. Think of a website or an app you would like to see in the world and then go build it. When you don’t know how to do something, ask Google.

Believe in Yourself
Some people think they don’t have “what it takes” to be a programmer, but they are wrong. You are plenty smart enough, even if it seems daunting. As communicators, we ask questions about the world around us and help guide others to learn about different subject matters – coding is another subject to conquer!

Follow Your Passions
Programming is a big world. Steer toward things you find fun and rewarding as you’re learning – it will make the process much easier.

Knowing how to code or even just understanding the basics of how it all works will make you a valuable asset to any organization. Follow these five steps and you’ll be well on your way to creating amazing things!

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