Learning to code

Anyone have advice / resources for learning to code? How many hours do you think it would take to become proficient? I've probably done 20ish hours of coding (python) but find it hard to get the motivation to keep at it. It's so obvious how valuable of a skill it is though so I really want to learn. 

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Feb 26, 2021 - 8:42pm

Depends on what you're trying to do with coding.

Do you want to build a web app? If so start with languages like JavaScript that allows you to do Full stack work. 

Do you want to build some simple programs or do some data related work? Then learn Python packages like numpy, pandas, and scipy. Lots of resources are out there.

Do you want to learn the fundamentals of Computer Science? (data structures, algorithms, basic concepts, etc...) Then look for MOOCs on introductory programming classes. These will most likely be Java.

Once you learn the basics of programming (for and while loops, conditional statements, Error handling, OOP, etc...) The best way to learn is to try to build something your own. For example, try writing a program that can build a simple DCF model.

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  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Sep 14, 2021 - 3:50am

You can do the data structure, algo, etc. work in Python as well. When learning C++, and during my advanced algos class I used to write my code in Python first (for advanced algo we didn't have to write the code in any language, but it was a good way to know that my code works, since I am so bad at proofs), just because you can write errorless abstract code so easily in it.

Feb 26, 2021 - 8:47pm

Guy above has the right idea. No one ever becomes good at programming by reading a book / watching a video / taking a course or doing some prepackaged project. Everyone I know who is a real wiz started out by saying "man I really wish the computer would do XYZ" and then making it happen over and over again. Hands down the best way to learn.

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Feb 26, 2021 - 9:37pm

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Feb 27, 2021 - 10:13pm

Can someone explain to me the "It's so obvious how valuable a skill it is" part??? I can't tell you how many job applications I get from recent grades saying "I believe I have the perfect skill set for this job..." and then go on to tell me all about their knowledge of different programming languages and coding skills. Unless we are dealing with massively large data sets, what's the use? And even then, I'll get my data analytics team to process the information, we wouldn't do it. You're applying for an IB analyst role, why do you think that programming and coding is something I'm going to care about? What am I missing here?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Feb 28, 2021 - 2:56pm

Im not trying to learn it for IB, I like to start businesses on the side being able to code is an incredibly useful skill for starting some low cost projects 

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Sep 14, 2021 - 3:55am

Software cost is actually pretty high due to maintenance, updates and constant bug fixing. SWE 101 teaches that you can have only two of cheap, fast and reliable. 

Sep 13, 2021 - 12:28am

I tried lol. Once with Java in high school which I sucked at and once about a year ago to learn R via datacamp. Couldn't muster up the motivation plus I realized it was pretty unlikely to help in AM so I ditched it

Just not in the cards for me I guess 

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Sep 14, 2021 - 3:59am

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