May 06, 2016
Programming is something that I really need to get my head around soon. Back in high school I took a programming course and did pretty terrible with it. Part of that was over-thinking the concepts. The teacher gave us the assignment to make a simple calculator program. My head was spinning trying to figure out how to teach the program the basic concepts of math. It didn't occur to me that I could just tell it to multiply or divide two values that were input by the user. The only reason I didn't bomb that class completely was because I had my own website, a rarity back in the late 90's, and my teacher gave me credit for scanning in photos during class. So now it's time to continue to my next step of learning. I've gotten a few JS books that I'm going to start reading through and I'm feeling good about the first one. It's an O'Reilly book and in the introduction the author walks you through how to install Git, Node.js and Gulp, all of which are heavily used in the industry. So the fact that in the introduction they're starting with practical skills is encouraging. Many tutorials go the route of being so high-level that you only learn concepts and nothing practical so this should be a good one.