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What is a Coding Essential?

Just the thought of learning to code can be intimidating. The word code is mysterious by definition. It implies a technical form of communication that computers – not humans – are meant to understand.

One way many people start learning to code is by picking a popular programming language and jumping in head first with no direction. This could take the form of an online coding course, a tutorial project, or a random book purchase on a specific topic.

Rarely do prospective developers start with a roadmap – a bird's eye view of the coding world that outlines a set of relevant programming concepts, languages, and tools that almost 100% of developers use every day.

In this book, I propose such a roadmap by discussing 14 coding essentialseach being a programming concept, language, or tool – that I believe is critical to at least know exists at the start of your coding journey.

Who is this book for?

  • New developers that are excited and/or intimidated by the idea of learning to code
  • Intermediate developers who want to fill in the gaps
  • Professionals of any age considering a career change into technology and software development
  • Non-technical career employees who interface with developers and want to enhance their knowledge
  • Kids who are interested in computers and programming
  • Anyone who wants to learn coding but doesn't know where to start

Chapters

1
Familiarize Yourself with Computer Architecture and Data Basics
2
Learn How Programming Languages Work
3
Understand How the Internet Works
4
Practice Some Command-Line Basics
5
Build Up Your Text Editor Skills with Vim
6
Take-up Some HTML
7
Tackle Some CSS
8
Start Programming with JavaScript
9
Continue Programming with Python
10
Further Your Knowledge with Java
11
Track Your Code using Git
12
Store Data Using Databases and SQL
13
Read About Web Frameworks and MVC
14
Play with Package Managers

Testimonials

"A down-to-earth guidebook that pieces together common concepts and coding languages to help the reader understand what is doing on behind the scenes. The book does a great job of laying the groundwork and building out from there, instead of throwing the reader into the deep end and using confusing industry jargon. I only wish I had read this book when I was first starting out, as it would have most certainly helped me wrap my head around how all these tools, principles, and languages play important, yet distinct, roles in data management and computer science." -Stuart K.

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