Lifehacker has a few great ideas of how to approach code if you’d like to take it as a solo-adventure. I particularly like the can-do and humble attitude and perspective.
Even as a seasoned technology professional and software developer I always start at the ground floor – there’s no room for pride or ego in our industry nor does it actually help you move the proverbial ball down the court any faster.
Naturally, the angle that Lifehacker provides is on that generally favors those that really enjoy undertaking serious challenges by oneself. This can be incredibly rewarding and create a healthy foundation upon which can create significant life-change. At the very least it will help produce a number of technology-related skills that can and will help them personally and professionally.
What I’ve discovered is that although there are many people who like this angle it’s not always as useful or effective when applied. Software development is hard, there really isn’t any “silver bullet” or shortcut that exists. And like many skills that can only be learned over time, with great care, and a hands-on approach it is incredibly helpful to have people that can partner with you through the journey.
In other words, finding and receiving help in the context of trustworthy relationships can ensure that one’s time is well spent and that the investment of that time, one’s most important resource, is going to be returned in serious fashion. Just think about some of the biggest moments of life-change that you’ve had for yourself and I’d wager that they were experienced while in context of a relationship.
Personally-speaking some of the biggest technical breakthroughs that I’ve had in my own 17-year software career were made in this way – a senior programmer or mentor / coach came alongside me for a season and helped me work through the challenges in way that displayed a level of care that was more than just a “here’s how to do that – good luck” attitude. Instead they were invested in my success and upon the foundation of trust and mutual respect the breakthroughs were born.
You just don’t get that in a self-paced, solo-style adventure online. Not that it can’t happen virtually (and I’ve seen this done really well in a few instances) but you have to determine if that approach is right for you. Only you can determine that for yourself.
But we’d be happy to help! Just ping any one of our staff and we can begin that conversation. Or, read some of the great stories of people just like you who made the decision to go on a collaborative adventure instead of an isolated one. Let’s make this year an amazing one, shall we?