Effective Coding Learning: Courses, Projects, Github, Interviews

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "FASTEST Way to Learn Coding and ACTUALLY Get a Job" by Power Couple
TLDR Learn coding effectively by actively engaging in coding courses, practicing coding through projects, building a portfolio on Github, and preparing for coding interviews with a focus on data structures and algorithms.

Key insights

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    Learning to code and getting a job as a software engineer can be done in as little as 6 months if you avoid useless fluff and mistakes.
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    Python is the best programming language for beginners because it's easy to write, versatile, and fast to write.
  • 💻
    Learning Python can improve interview performance by at least 2 times due to its efficiency in writing code.
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    Watching coding tutorials without actually writing code gives a false sense of progress and the right way to learn coding is by actually coding.
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    To truly learn programming, it's important to not just watch tutorials casually, but to actively follow along and use an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to write and run code.
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    Building a portfolio of projects and hosting them on Github can help attract recruiters and get your resume shortlisted as a Software Engineer.
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    Regular practice and completing exercises is key to becoming proficient in coding and succeeding in job interviews.
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    Using Leetcode to practice interview-style questions can help beginners sharpen their skills and filter questions by difficulty level and tech company.

Q&A

  • How can I learn coding effectively?

    — The key idea is to actively engage in coding courses, practice coding through projects, build a portfolio on Github, and prepare for coding interviews with a focus on data structures and algorithms.

  • Can completing a course on Data Structures and Algorithms help me compete for software engineering jobs?

    — Yes, completing such a course and practicing interview-style questions on platforms like Leetcode can provide the necessary skills to compete with those who have a computer science degree and apply for software engineering jobs.

  • How can I stay focused during the interview process?

    — It is important to not overthink and complicate the interview process. Stay focused on what you can control and try to influence the outcome, and avoid getting discouraged by rejection.

  • What should I focus on when preparing for coding interviews?

    — When preparing for coding interviews, it is crucial to focus on data structures and algorithms. These are key areas that are often tested during coding interviews.

  • How can I handle rejection during the job application process?

    — It is important to not get discouraged by rejection. Instead, stay focused on what you can control, continue learning and improving your skills, and keep applying for opportunities.

Timestamped Summary

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    00:00
    Learn coding and get a job faster by avoiding common mistakes and focusing on valuable learning resources.
  • 📝
    00:47
    Python is the best programming language for beginners because it is easy to write, versatile, and fast.
  • 📚
    01:44
    Learn Python as it requires less code and is faster to write, but remember to avoid the mistake of learning by watching others code and instead actively engage in coding courses.
  • 👩‍💻
    02:30
    Learn coding by actually coding, not just watching tutorials, and start with basic lessons on learnpython.org to apply concepts to real-world problems.
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    03:36
    Once you have mastered the basics of coding, watch the "12 beginner Python projects" video by freecodecamp.org on YouTube, follow along using an IDE like VS code, and then start working on your own projects to further enhance your skills.
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    04:46
    Learn coding by writing code, debugging, and repeating the process to understand the real-world work of a Software Engineer, build a portfolio of projects on Github to attract recruiters, gain confidence, and apply for positions, but be prepared for specific programming questions in interviews.
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    05:58
    To prepare for coding interviews and increase your chances of getting a job, complete the free Data Structures and Algorithms course offered by Google on Udacity, focusing on regular progress and completing all exercises and assignments.
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    06:58
    Completing a course on Data Structures and Algorithms and practicing interview-style questions on Leetcode can help you compete for software engineering jobs, so stay focused, don't overthink, and don't get discouraged by rejection.
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