3 Great Decision I Made In My Second Year Of Teaching Myself Programming
Publish Date - 21st October 2022
Last Updated - 3rd Feb 2023
Finding something you love to do for the sake of doing it, is true joy.
Here are the three great decisions I made
Scratching My Curiosity Itch In All Things Programming
Software Engineering is not about writing code.
There are many associated fields and disciplines. I was curious about all them. I wanted to know what they were and how to do them. Over the year I learned:
- A strong understanding of version control (Git and Github).
- How to use, operate and deploy to a Linux Linux Tools server (and use Nginx) - more on this later.
- How to create and organise config files
- Vim (used for everything other than Common Lisp) and Emacs (Used for Common Lisp Dev)
- How online Authentication works.
- Build, setup and manage a PostgrSQL Database (I already know SQL from my Finance days.)
- When to leverage immutable data structures & funcional programming
- React/Next.js Frameworks
Started To Learn Other Languages And Use Them In Production
I was also interested in other programming languages. If you remember, this is the Peter Norvig 10 Year Challenge. Learning many languages was part of that. So I:
PHP- Rebuilt frosty in PHP. This was quite easy. I didn't use it. I don't like PHP :)
C Programming- Very basic but I learned how to create command line tools in C. C is a fabulous language.
Used An Ubuntu Computer As a Day To Day PC For 4 Months
I am a self proclaimed Extreme Learner. I cut myself off from using my Mac for 4 months.
Everything is different in linux. But Linux Linux Tools is important for web developers because we deploy with them. I needed to know how it works so I could be effective.
I also wanted to stay away from products like Heroku. My logic was simple, if I learn to do it at the source (the bare ubuntu server), then I can control the whole process.
After 4 months (Jan 22 - April 22), I switched back to Mac. But now I know how to use and configure Linux Linux Tools well.
See other posts in this series
- Year 0: The Peter Norvig Challenge - Year 0
- Year 1: 4 Great Decisions - Year 1
- Year 2: This Post