Learning To Code
I have spent only one week with Python, but I love it. It’s straight forward with a minimum amount of extra syntax, such as semicolons, curly brackets, etc.
By Gulnara Mirzakarimova (Student, Hackbright Academy)
So, what have I learned during the first week? To sum it up – everything you need to know to write a program and we wrote a bunch of small ones. We covered functions, loops, lists, dictionaries, conditionals, logic, test-driven development, version control, debugging. Object oriented stuff spilled over
It requires a commitment of putting your life on hold. It was a right time for me, because I had achieved enough proficiency that I knew I could build. Being able to do well at Hacker School has validated for me that I have been initiated to this path of software engineering.
By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)
Learning to code is one of the most empowering things that I’ve done and I’m thankful for learning it everyday. My journey started in January of 2011 when I signed up for a beginner web development class at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
My motivation was mostly out of curiosity
Hackbright Academy helped jumpstart me from a hobbyist to a web developer.
By Michelle Sun (Alum, Hackbright Academy)
2012 has been a huge year in terms of personal and professional growth. On the professional front, I progressed significantly in pursuing my passion in products, from defining and building a product from scratch and selling it to real customers, to getting hands on with code.
The barrier to learning how to program has been reduced to a computer and an Internet connection.
By Martha Kelly Girdler (Software Engineer, Etsy)
Initially, I didn’t think of programming as a way of expressing myself. The best analogy I can think of is learning to program is similar to learning how to write. In the beginning, you learn the letters, then the words, then after reading and studying others’ work, you begin to write on your own.
90 days later, we go back out into the real world, egos in check, building code of consequence, and destroying stereotypes.
By Martha Kelly Girdler (Alumnus, Hacker School)
I’m sitting in a cafe in Brooklyn, exhausted, disoriented, and happy. I’m thinking to myself, “Holy (enter your own choice expletive here). I did it, I finished Hacker School.”
I look back at my post recapping the first day and it’s clear the rules of Hacker School permeate our lives, and it feels completely natural. Several Hacker Schoolers have told me how strange the outside world feels now.
I also found that I now can’t wait to wake up in the morning just so I can keep coding and making stuff.
By Natasha Murashev (Software Engineer, Hipmunk)
Learning to code is one the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I can’t believe I actually stuck to it and didn’t quit. To be honest, I actually did quit a few times, for a few days or weeks in a row at a time, but I then came back to it and kept going.
It’s been almost a year since I first decided to learn to code, and what a year! Over the past year, I’ve completed the Stanford CS106A Java course for free online, learned Ruby via rubylearning.org and through fun side projects, started learning Rails via Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails tutorial, and completed Dev Bootcamp, which
Programming is by no means an individual pilgrimage; seeing what others are working on and helping/getting help from others can make learning much more fun and rewarding.
By Michelle Sun (Student, Hackbright Academy)
There has been ups and downs, some days (and nights) of pure nightmares, literally (quoting one of my classmates, “I dreamed that a python ate me last night”!), and some days of awesome state of “flow”, when hours seem to fly by and lots get done.
I begin to realize I am approaching this 10-week course less as a syntax crash course, more of a training of the mind. Many hackers eventually build in other languages, but mastering