Finding the right materials to learn15th Jun 2018
Today we’re going to talk about finding the right materials to learn to code.
Google is usually good enough
One thing I realized over the years is that you can find almost anything you want in the first three pages of Google.
If you cannot find it, it can mean four different possibilities:
1. The answer is already there
The answer can be in the first three pages, but you’re not aware of it.
You need to go back and re-read the articles and books you found. Pay more attention as you read through them again.
Maybe you need to try things to get a deeper understanding.
2. You don’t have enough knowledge to understand the answer yet
You might not be able to catch the answer even if it shows up in front of you since you’re not ready for it.
Go and learn some fundamentals before trying again.
3. You don’t know what to search for
If you’re new to the industry, and you don’t know what to search for, you won’t be able to find what you want.
What you should do is grab a beginners book. Start reading it. Learn the keywords. Learn how to Google
4. The answer might not be on google
You might not be able to find answers you’re searching for new or unpopular things. What you can do then, is to figure things out yourself. Alternatively, you can ask someone you know personally.
No amount of Googling can help here.
Here are two tips
The first tip
Few people explain things well. When you find these people, follow them.
I follow these people:
- Rachel Andrew and Jen Simmons for CSS Grid
- Sarah Drasner for Vue
- Heydon Pickering for accessibility
- Seth Godin for marketing
- Sean McCabe for business
The key is to build your own list of favorite people to follow.
Keep track of what they do. Watch them work their magic. Buy their books and courses.
The second tip
One useful tip is to narrow your search to the site you want to search from. To do this, you can write
If you want to google for something on my site, you can use