The reality is there are many more programmers in the world than you realize and if you don’t have some programming skills you’ll be left behind. It’s the same reason why I tell my clients as of 2018 there are no technology companies, just organizations that leverage technology or those that don’t and will be left behind. This even applies if you bake pies for a living.

I know many people who are not in a formal Information Technology (IT) roles that have automated finding people to connect with on LinkedIn, jobs from websites such as indeed, and homes, cars, and electronics on websites such as eBay and Craigslist.

As a professional instructor and homeschooling Dad, it’s my job to meet people where they’re at and show them how to acquire technology skills.

Often some self-taught programmers have picked up some habits that need to be changed. I was one of these self-taught programmers before I had a formal education in IT and a few professional years under my belt. For me I used a three-finger typing technique, I did well at but plateaued at about 45 words per minute. Another example is where I did not separate my various development projects and just jumped in started writing code eventually leading to having to rebuild my development machine when I had compatibility issues with libraries, packages, and components.

What I’m going to do is lay out a series of blog posts that will take you from day one all the way through considering being a paid programmer. I will not just cover what and how but more importantly the why.

Where to go from here

The Cut and Paste programmer
Why Linux is the best development environment
Why Python is the best development language

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