One of the most dangerous things I’ve seen happen to people who are just starting to code is being told that it’s easy.
Here’s what your brain does:
Drawing by me. (I am better at coding than drawing.)
Most programming doesn’t require a special brain, but it’s more frustrating and messier than anyone lets on. There are thousands of enthusiastic blog posts, classes and apps that aim to entice you with the promise of a slick, unequivocal procedure for learning to code. They rarely mention the tedium of getting your environment set up (which, trust me, even the nicest of your programmer friends don’t want to help you with, because that stuff is mad frustrating and nobody remembers how they did it).
They don’t tell you that a lot…
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