Learning programming by myself?

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Hi, i wanted to know if there is a way to learn programming by myself. I know you can start with some tutorials and guidebooks, however, if there are some specific guides that you can recommend, i would appreciate it very much. Also, is it possible for these self-taught programming skills to be useful in my cv? how do you assert that in fact you learned programming by yourself? let me know what you think.


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Jan 16, 2019

step 1 - watch this video

just google it...you're welcome

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Jan 16, 2019

Thanks for the tip. Do you recommend learning python as a first language? does it even matter?

Jan 16, 2019

depends on what you want to do with programming.

If you know that you want to be a web developer, then i would suggest their javascript course + HTML and CSS instead of learning python.

If you have no idea what you want to do, then Python is a great language to start with, as it can be used in a variety of things, and is very popular (used by many programmers, and many jobs for python progrmamers)

If you think you want to learn machine learning, ai and neural nets, then Python is a great language...as there are many libraries making these things very easy to do (compared to doing the same thing in C++, or another language)

just google it...you're welcome

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Jan 16, 2019

Where are you trying to implement this skill? Are you trying to build an app or purely for finance?

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Jan 16, 2019

Start with HTML then learn Python and expand out from there depending on what your use cases end up being. Like the others said, Python is great because it has so many use cases and it's relatively logical/straightforward.

Jan 16, 2019

Thanks for the reply. Would you recommend HTML for finance related programming?

Jan 16, 2019

Not specifically, it's just good to know and the easiest language to pick up. Like learning to walk before you run.

Jan 17, 2019

Python + HTML/Javascript.
Python on its own is great. But, the problem is, you need to have some sort of a UI for whatever you are building. So, either deploy it on the web (so learn HTML/Javascript + Flask) or deploy it on desktop environment (so learn Pyqt).

Jan 18, 2019

html is not even a programming language and you do not need it, for everything else just use coursera.org or edx.org

this course will help you learn python, but it is not easy: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-compute...

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Jan 19, 2019

Just in time for enrollment, thanks!

Jan 22, 2019

I forgot to mention VB. NET

Jan 19, 2019

Highly recommend python. I started with it then went on to learn VBA and R. So far VBA and Python have been most useful.

"Be persistent and you will get, be consistent and you will keep it, be grateful and you will get more"


Jan 29, 2019

Learned a bit in undergrad but to some degree whether you learn in school or not you need to be able to self teach (professors have a sink or swim mentality in most computer sciences classes and occasionally with a crazy curve at the end).

Code Academy

and the list goes on

Good luck, stay positive and happy coding!

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Jan 30, 2019


Jan 30, 2019

Also, i'm not sure if you are someone who has the bandwidth to participate in an evening style course but i know a friend of mine who found free bootcamps like LC101, CoderGirl, etc. Where if you apply you get to learn in a classroom setting for free. My friend at done it in STL but they probably have similar programs in other parts of the country that may also be free.

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Feb 3, 2019

I'll second Codeacademy as I've personally used it to refresh on a few things. Remember most of these courses are good for intro but they spoon-feed you everything. I would also recommend looking at some of the very easy challenges on Hackerrank.com just to get those brain muscles working a bit. It's a different way of thinking after all.

Feb 4, 2019

Thank you, I was able to check out that Hackerrank site. Good Stuff!

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Jan 29, 2019

If you are trying to better yourself for finance, stick to statistical packages such as R & Stata. If you are trying to better yourself for finance in trading/HF work, learn Python, R, JavaScript, and C++. You can start with C++ first (hardest) and work back words or if you don't have a good teacher Python would be the best first (scripting languages are generally a lot looser in structure). Feel free to DM if you need more questions.

Feb 2, 2019