Immersion into any field is paramount to success. Simply said, those who spend time with real coders learn more than any course could teach you. This is because for the whole day you are exposed to the field, and are really eating and breathing everything from your environment. Your’re on the cutting edge, and not only that, you soon realize how smart or good you really are. Healthy competition makes everyone better.
So instead of visiting Facebook, Twitter, or other platform first, visit one of the resources below first. I also recommend making them your home pages, so when you open up your browser, there’s no way to miss a story. After a couple years trying to learn code independently, these following resources helped me the most with gaping the bridge from learning a couple languages, to getting paid to code.
This site is awesome to visit daily. One, because the UI is really awesome to look at for its simplicity, but more importantly, its useful to know what startups are getting paid. For example, currently, Bubble is on top with sales of over 100k monthly.
Knowing this is important for two reasons.
- Its good to see startups actually get paid, for inspirational reasons.
- It’s important to know which technologies are becoming more popular (like making apps without code)
So pay attention to what becomes trending quickly, and what is consistently trending, so you have an idea of what would be a good expense of time to learn.
Visiting this site every day will definitely expose you to great content that’s open source, and that the coding community finds valuable. Playing around with lots of these packages also teaches you how to fork software, and in the process, seeing how various software is structured. From going here everyday, I found the direct things I look for are.
- The README.md (which is basically the creators pitch)
- The language its written in by clicking the top colored bar.
- Who made it, and other Github projects they have developed.
For me, finding these three things out helped me massively in saving time when deciding whether the code I was about to compile is worth the time, or if I should even fork it. So if your thing is ES6 and you see a repository up there from Facebook that is ES6, it will probably be fun and worthwhile to play with.
This site is checked regularly by those who code software for a living. Even with the company having gargantuan roots in the tech world, the news on the forums is just as valuable to look at every day. You’ll see links, threads showing off new software, inside information about tech companies, and the choices major companies make when it comes to developing software.
Also, another really valuable asset of the forums is the discussion. Like I said in my Facebook video, I learned how true debate takes place from reading these threads. Instead of bashing on one another, the debate is strictly people pointing out logical fallacies in other’s arguments.
So these debates are more about proofs than making people emotionally react one way or another. So if you want to post here, make sure your arguments:
- Airtight, or at least do your best to come to the most logical point you can make,
- Don’t take the criticism personally, treat it as a opportunity to make a better argument.
The Most Important One: Blind
The Blind App is a application that allows people from major tech companies to post anonymously. To sign up, you have to have a email associated with a company, and not just gmail. Blind does this, so when you post, it shows you work at Facebook or Amazon instead of your real name.
I call this app my favorite tool for immersion because along with the news, you get to see some of the personal side of Silicon Valley employees. I know some consider these employees sitting atop of Mount Olympus, but having a view into their lives, problems, feelings, decision making processes, and more is priceless
With Blind, all your posts are anonymous so no one knows the true identity of the poster, except the Blind company which is based in South Korea. Some examples to prove the wide range of different discussions seen on the app follow:
- Poster: Engineer from LinkedIn: Thread Title: “Trump’s Wall“
- Poster: Engineer from Google: Thread Title: “Is FB a sinking ship?“
- Poster: Engineer from VMWare: Thread Title: “Anyone interviewed with Door Dash?“
So you can see discussion varies wildly across all topics. And seeing this information every day really puts you in the mindset of how much money is being made from being able to code. Truly amazing to watch and see people figure out whether to take 250k from Snap Chat or 200k from Facebook but with lots of stock.
I challenge you to pin these links to your start bar, and before checking your email or social media, check these sites first, and see if it doesn’t have an affect with your view into how coding can make you money.
Even for people who don’t code, these links still have lots of content that is relevant for the average person. But because you’ll see it on these sites before anywhere else, you will have a clearer view of initial reports rather than grape lined versions which were passed through tech and non-tech hands alike.