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So you want to learn to code. Now what?

Lighthouse Labs offers a guide to help you develop the coding skills that match your needs


Everyone knows coding is a high-demand skill set.

Yet with the endless free online tutorials, video lectures, forums, in-person workshops and courses available to pursue coding, it’s not always simple to see your path to gaining the skills you want. Lighthouse Labs has created a guide to help you chart your course for your own learn-to-code journey.

The first question to ask yourself is “Why?” What do you want to achieve with your education, and what do you want to create with the new programming skills you gain?

Learn coding fundamentals

When you’re starting out, there are several directions you can go.

Try learning a little HTML, CSS and Javascript through free courses online. With these three languages, you can create webpages with relative ease. Online is a great option if you want to gain a basic understanding of what coding actually is and what you can do with it.

However, learning in isolation can be tricky. If you try an in-person workshop, you’ll have developer partners and mentors who can work with you through challenges.

Free or low-cost one-off workshops are a great chance to get exposed to the realities of the profession and learn different problem-solving styles with experienced developers.

If you’re looking for a more intensive approach, you can dive into a full introductory coding course. This is the right option if you’re certain you want to gain in-depth coding knowledge.

Part-time or full-time coding courses from local institutions will help you push through challenges and expedite your learning. You’ll also gain access to mentorship and develop your personal goals, programming style and independence.

Advance your coding skills

If you’re an intermediate coder, you may be facing a crossroads, trying to decide whether to accelerate your learning and become a developer, or continue as a coding hobbyist.

You have a few options, depending on your learning style, the depth of the material you want to cover and amount of time you want to spend in school.

Are you ready to start publishing your own products or do you just want to expand your knowledge? There are great online resources for both these avenues.

On the other hand, if you feel like you aren’t progressing as fast as you’d like to, or aren’t sure what direction to take your career, consider attending events.

Meeting with coders of all levels in person at workshops or meetups can help you overcome roadblocks and discover the best next steps for you to accomplish your programming goals.

Finally, if your goal is to accelerate your learning so you can find work as a developer, coding school is a fast and intensive way to get you there.

Lighthouse Labs offers two full-time, eight-week boot camps in Web or iOS Development, and its graduates have an employment rate of more than 96 per cent.

Grow as a developer

Experienced developers know it’s essential to keep growing and honing your skills in this ever-morphing industry.

Whether you’re working as a developer, dreaming up your own side projects or contributing to others, your skills progression depends on how much you practice.

The bottom line? Just. Keep. Coding.

Vancouver-based coding school Lighthouse Labs has developed an online guide dedicated to helping you discover the right resources for your needs, schedule and budgets.

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