Learning to code from scratch – The right way

Do you want to learn how to code? It’s mind boggling how many people come to me to learn programming expecting to “build and launch an app” in 4 weeks. Trust me, it won’t happen.

Surely you can copy-paste stuff, steal or clone something that’s already there. But building something from ground up needs solid foundations. There are no shortcuts. It’s not something you can learn in one day, week or month. It takes years of effort and practice to be able to build apps and websites you see and use everyday.

If you’re looking to get started, just pickup a copy of “Object-Oriented Programming in C++” by Robert Lafore (Flipkart link). Read it inside out, don’t skim it. Follow the examples and code as you read.

Perhaps you were planning to pickup Java, PHP, Python or another language? Don’t worry – Once you pickup one language, the rest can be picked up almost intuitively.

Who am I to give you this advice? I’m a programmer who’s been coding since the age of 8. I’m almost 30 now and still regard Robert Lafore’s book as the single most influential book that helped me shape what I am today.

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