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How I Learned to Code

By Gregorio Rojas - October 9, 2013 1 Comment
I have written before about When and Why I learned to code. It’s a good read. Shoot over there now and come back.

OK, welcome back! I want to highlight two things in telling you how i learned to code.
  • The way I learned to code was absolutely the worst possible way anyone should ever,ever have to learn to code. You should never learn to code the way I did.
  • If I had to do it all over again I would not change a thing. In fact, many of you reading this today would to have to consider this as a valid option if it was not for Sabio.
These two things are a bit contradictory so let me explain.

How I learned to Code

I was by myself. I had no idea what I was doing. Not a clue. Most of the people that i knew that were talking about programming were not like me. Actually, everyone I heard talking about programming was not like me, including the two Latino guys I knew that had taken programming classes in college. I did not feel comfortable asking them for help. I wish I could recall what exactly it was that kept me from asking them. Regardless, I know I would not have even known what to ask.

I sat in a computer lab struggling with HTML. I did not have google as they did not exists yet. I had Alta Vista. It did not help me much anyway because I had no idea what to ask. How can you formulate a question around a topic you do not understand? So I fumbled and suffered through two weeks of wanting to throw the keyboard across the room or punch the monitor in the face.

But I got through it.

Why I would not change a thing

Recently a scholar from the SMASH academy asked what was the hardest thing I had ever done in technology. I had not thought about it before but it did not take me long to figure it out. It was those first two weeks. Nothing has ever been that hard. I have done some pretty hard stuff, but it all seems mundane in comparison. Every other moment of those first two weeks I wanted to call it quits. For some reason, I did not.

I was to close to quitting and if anyone would have thrown one more thing at me I may have bailed. I may have thrown my hands in the air and walked away. And this is the reason I would not have it any other way.

Many of the same people that I got the idea from in the first place could have told me to stick to what I was doing. They could have fed me one of the MANY B.S. lines that “computer scientist” promote about keeping the industry pure. They could have told me that i needed to go through at least 4 years of school. They could have told me that doing it just for the pay or just for a job was not a good reason. They could have told me any number of things that was not supportive. They may have stopped me.

There are far too many of these to people walking around for me to ever say I would take the risk.

I may have not had the confidence to move forward. I may not have been stubborn enough or foolish enough to keep moving forward.  I do not know if I could have stayed on the path. What I do know is that everyone deserves an opportunity at this career, no matter who they are.

This is why we at Sabio, are the exact opposite of the naysayers. We want anyone who attempts the tall task of coding to know this: Anyone can learn to code. Anyone.

If someone tells you differently, they are trying to sell you something that you do not want to buy. Tell them to zzzzip it and get to your code.

If you need help reach out to us and will help you get on your way.


1 comment to '' How I Learned to Code "

  1. Read ‘When and Why I Learned to Code’, too … : )

    I first heard you on PBS radio, and was SOLD right away. I've been playing about on the net these last 20 years, first, learning at the public library, I was, originally, lost in my own
    email … with, ‘almost’ tears in my eyes. Mostly self taught, wanting to understand that, next step, one thing at a time learned, it all added up to more than I could imagine. I always appreciated those that developed all of this, from the beginning. My imagination could not have done it. Wanting to study the history of the evolution of computers and the net, I got so sidetracked, exploring, the World … I have all your email newsletters in a special folder, reminding me where I want to go, to pay it forward as well. I appreciate what you are doing and the way you are doing it.

    After reading these two posts, I'm like … What?! No comments … ?!

    Lost in the wilderness for a while in Northern San Diego County … too far to take your classes in person, I'm going to explore something online, if you have any suggestions. I don't expect you to see this for a while, since, your part was written in 2013 … I'll see what I can do on my own. Thanks for the fun … !

    Still Learning … 2016 02 29 Monday
    Kathy ·
    I need to close all these tabs I have open for you.