Whether you are currently pursuing a computer science degree, a veteran using the GI Bill to choose your next mission, an aspiring self-taught developer, or a student at coding training camp, mastering the craft of programming is a lifelong struggle. To help you learn - courtesy of the Coding Dojo instructors - here are seven tips for learning to program faster.

  1. Learn by doing. Always play with the code while learning With each new topic, the sooner you start playing with the code, the faster you will learn the concepts given. Even if you are going through an entire chapter of reading and a subject like loops seems simple - so a monkey could do it - you will still scratch your head when you are tasked with implementing the code for the first time. You say to yourself "wait, what was that one syntax still?" As the proverb says, you must "use it or lose it" because, despite the evolution of technology, personal statement helper as an example this old proverb remains true when learning code. Tip: Create a project as you go through the material. A personal project is often the best starting point.

  2. Understand the fundamentals of long-term benefits As basic as they may seem at first, the fundamentals of programming should always come first: the better you understand them, the easier it is to learn more advanced concepts. From our experience at Coding Dojo, students who rush to the start of our classes - where we focus most on the fundamentals of Web development - are often the first to get stuck when transitioning to more advanced material, like the main programming. So before you drop the first 101 computer class or skip the first chapter of an online tutorial, keep in mind that you are neglecting the most important step in your learning. Tip: Read this great article on the 5 basic concepts of any programming language

  3. Code by hand. It hones skills and you will need them to find a job Computer screens are getting thinner, hard drives lighter, and programming languages more powerful, but manual coding remains one of the most effective methods of learning to program. Whether on a whiteboard or a laptop, hand-coding requires more caution, precision, and intent behind each line of code. Because unlike a computer, you cannot run a handwritten code in the middle of the sheet to check if the job is correct. Although longer, this restriction will turn you into a more fundamentally strong developer, both in the classroom and in the workforce. For college exams and technical interviews - an essential part of the job interview process - you will have to code by hand, because not only is it good for learning, but it is universally known to be the test ultimate for the skill of a programmer. So start early and get used to this old school practice.

  4. Ask for help. You will need it As great as it becomes to be the next Steve Jobs on your own, the reality is that people learn faster with mentors and peer feedback. What may appear to be a bug or an irremovable subject could be quickly mitigated by a new pair of eyes or a new interpretation of the subject. Whether online or in-person, ignore the trolls, and don't be afraid to ask for help, as each programmer has already been in your place. In addition, most developers love to code, and if there is one thing that enthusiasts enjoy, it is to share their knowledge with others. Warning: at Coding Dojo, we suggest that you use the 20-minute rule. Take at least 20 minutes to understand something for yourself before asking for help. There is a good chance that the answer is already before you, and in addition, the difficulties make you a better programmer overall.

  5. Look for more resources online. There is a wealth of content If a particular concept doesn't make sense, whether in a textbook or during lessons, maintain your confidence and look for other online resources to learn the same content. Everyone learns differently, and just because one source doesn't make sense doesn't mean you have something wrong. This means that you do not click with the delivery of the material. The online resources for learning computer programming are endless, and there is always a tutorial or blog explanation that will make the material handy for you.

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Dear Council Members, I understand the guidelines recommended by the CDC regarding unhoused individuals and the need to not disperse them. However, that does not mean these encampments should be allowed anywhere in the city. They are absolutely filthy and should never be allowed near our waterways. There must be defined areas where this is allowed. Where it can be easily managed, cleaned up (at taxpayer expense)and outreach conducted. Irreparable damage to our public spaces is already done. It is your responsibility to not only care for our most vulnerable, but also to protect our public spaces AND hold people accountable. It is disgraceful the way some of you totally discounted our Chief of Police and his officers who put their lives on the line every single day. Please be very specific about managing these encampments. Your last vote lacks direction, common sense and decency for all of Chico. Ginny Griffin

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Claudette Ritter 2 months ago

New Mayor that cares and listens please. Sean Morgan yes

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Citing city budget policy, staff claims "unanticipated revenues"  are "dedicated to long-term liabilities and replenishing reserve and internal service funds to established targets. "  How could they have not anticipated these revenues, having acknowledged other effects of the sudden population influx? And since the city has admitted to deferring street maintenance for years because of a shortage of funds, shouldn't they replenish the street fund?

Staff instead suggests uses for these funds that are not covered by the above policy:  $1,405,000 to guarantee airline service,  $350,000 toward the city's Community Choice Aggregation scheme, $100,000 to remove the BMX track from the fairgrounds to accommodate homeless services, $30,000 for questionable district maps, $250,000 for a "remodel" of Fire Station 1, and $515,000 for the "Homeless Solutions Project". 

Putting $400,000 toward the long-term pension liability may fit policy, but I find it questionable - staff already transfers millions a year into that fund from other funds that remain in the red.

There has to be reasonable expectations, for all citizens to follow, that promote socially acceptable behaviors and maintain a healthy, safe, community, that everyone can enjoy and feel connected too. When we expect more, we get more. No more enabling bad behavior. Most of us cant even enjoy our downtown or parks due to safety issues and we are attracting unwanted, locally nomadic, criminal transients with our easy going attitudes towards impulsive, lewd, aggressive and invasive behaviors. No on the amendment. No more catering to individuals that do not want to follow the universal social norms of no loitering, no public intoxication, no illegal camping, no defecating in public spaces, no using illegal substances. Lets have expectations again.

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I am against the amendment of Ordinance 2466! Sincerely, Roy Skinner

"The City of Chico welcomes community efforts to help make Chico Beautiful, Clean, and Safe. " “Beautiful, Clean, Safe.” these are the three words that our city claims to promote. By amending the ordinance 2466 the city of Chico is promoting, the opposite. Unattractiveness, Dirty, Unsafe. I agree with Citizens for a Safe Chico “If this ordinance is amended the way Brown wishes, Chico will become a tent city with safe injection sites, needles will be found ten-fold compared to now and chaos will follow. Law enforcement will have no tools remaining to stop the camping and littering under bridges, near waterways, the city plaza, basically anywhere” I do NOT want to see our city DEGRADE anymore. In our city we are already seeing littering, people are camping under bridges and near waterways. This is not sanitary nor is it environmentally friendly. We do NOT want to amend ordinance 2466. Please keep Chico Beautiful, Clean, and Safe.

Dear Council Members: I will be attending the city council meeting tonight, Tuesday, February 18, 2020, with my son who is a high school senior. I grew up in Chico and have lived here since 1975. Both of my children were born here and I am a graduate of California State University, Chico. Both my mother and father are also alumni of CSU, Chico. I am a home owner, a mother and a teacher by profession. I am concerned about the current climate in Chico. I am in favor of discontinuing the needle distribution program, of maintaining and enforcing the current sit and lie ordinance and opposed to any type of low barrier housing or shelter in our community. Additionally I am opposed to constructing sub-standard housing for seniors, currently called Simplicity Village in south Chico. I own a home off of Notre Dame Ave and it is already negatively impacted by the transients that utilize the Torres Shelter. Thank you, Shawneen Felix (530)354-5509 shawneenbrooke@gmail.com

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Support our elected County & State Representatives who all back BANNING NEEDLE DISTRIBUTION!

The City of Chico should work with the County of Butte to halt the needle "exchange" currently being operated by the NVHRC. The "exchange" is not an exchange at all, but rather a needle giveaway. It is enabling drug addicted individuals to more easily continue their self-destructive lifestyle with no expectation of change or encouragement to seek rehabilitation. It is the opposite of compassionate. At the same time, the needles being discarded improperly are endangering the other 99% of the population and degrading the environment. Orange County has successfully banned needle "exchanges" in their county. The City of Chico and Butte County should work together to shut down this program.

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