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!

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April 23, 2014     29,542 notes

adolinkholin:

the year is 2076. Gyakuten Saiban 35 has just been announced for localization. This one will take place on the moon Titan, similar to how AAI12 took place on Mars. There have been a total of 9 new protagonists introduced, each with their own set of minor characters, etc. PW vs PL has just been announced for localization in North America.

we still don’t know what was behind Kristoph Gavin’s black psyche-locks

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April 22, 2014     688 notes

giancarlovolpe:

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - Push it!

Clarity is probably the most important thing to think about at all time when boarding. Pushing your poses to an undeniable level of clarity will improve the clarity of the storytelling in general. Don’t leave space for uncertainty in posing out your characters. Your audience will be more engaged and entertained by the sequence.

This is the last post for the Super Week. I hope you enjoyed it. Back on the regular schedule next week (Every Tuesday).

Norm

What a great series.  Thanks for posting these!

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April 22, 2014     23,438 notes

When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be aggressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority.

Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, p 28-9 (via bisexual-books)

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April 21, 2014     4,366 notes

beesmygod:

when will videogames figure out that a good majority of gamers would unironically buy more games if the protag was a gun wielding grandma

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April 21, 2014     10,972 notes

hannahcarbons:

WTNV Tarot

XII - THE HANGED MAN: YOUNG CECIL

It’s associated with self-sacrifice for the sake of enlightenment, bindings that liberate, paradoxes, and juxtaposition between heaven and earth.”

Cassette was such a fantastic episode, I couldn’t help but find a place for it in the deck.  In it we see that Cecil becoming an intern was a key step to growing up, to realizing more about the world, but at a cost that is not quite explained.

I think, therefore I soon won’t be.  - Young Cecil Palmer, Ep. 33, “Casette”

I did a light key for this piece, and I feel like the improvement in the lighting quality really shows!  I was told I needed to work on making sure my shadows were more natural, so that was a focus of the piece this time.  I also needed a lot of help making sure the pose was right.  I liked doing the cracks, since they focus the eye toward the cassette and his intern badge.

Remember the 90s?  Cecil doesn’t!  I did a lot of Googling of 90’s fashion; thank god grunge was in so folks liked to dress in simple t-shirts and jeans, or else I would have had a much harder time.  Also the cassette recorder there is a Walkman.

Click Here for the Masterpost of completed WTNV Tarot Cards so far!

April 20, 2014     386 notes

particlefucker:

dont let tumblr make you believe that

-eating car hubcaps is cool

-being an inanimate object is acceptable

-post-avant jazzcore is better than progressive dreamfunk

-having a corporeal form is healthy

-france exists

-chemtrails aren’t real

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April 19, 2014     26,369 notes
sweet theme, bro.