Whether you’ve learnt a programming language in the past and are revisiting it, learning a new language or learning to code having never coded before it’s important to remind yourself that there was a point where you knew nothing of the language you’re learning.
Let me explain why this is a helpful thing to remember…
Two years ago I purchased a Udemy course to learn how to create iOS apps and over the last couple of years have become increasingly more comfortable with Swift even creating a few of my own apps. I still need to Google how to do things and revisit some of the modules in that course but I’m comfortable enough to do that and know where to find (and understand) the solutions. There was, however, a time in that journey when even a basic concept such as a variable or function was new and difficult for me to understand.
So what’s my point?
My point is that whether you’re at the start of your coding journey, somewhere in the middle (like me) or a seasoned programme I suspect we need to remember Jennifer Lopez’s advice to remember where we came from.
If that concept feels tricky now then Google it to find out more, watch some YouTube videos on it, practice using it for some other projects, think about it whilst exercising or take a break but whatever you do remember that once you were clueless about concepts you now feel confident about and that as you persist with this new concept you’ll look back and wonder why you ever struggled to grasp it.