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Learn to Code with Doris

May 9, 2018

How to learn code by Doris'er Dan Shaw...

I was first introduced to coding around 4 years ago at university. I used a program called matlab to solve mathematical problems. For my dissertation I wrote a program for a simplified Poker game, this is when I really began to enjoy coding, with coding you can create simulations of real life problems and run them to gain information to help you solve those problems. This is when I realised the power of coding and how it could help me in a future career.

To learn a coding language can seem quite daunting, but I’ve found there are a lot of helpful resources to get you started. You don’t need to get bogged down trying to learn all the syntax for a language, just having an understanding of how the language works as well as understanding the things you can do with that language is a great start. When learning a new language I watch videos online and try to apply what I have learnt to create my own code for different problems. If you are struggling and have an error message in your code you can be sure someone else has had this problem at some point and the solution will be out there if you search for it. Coding essentially is a lot of trial and error and you will make mistakes time and time again but it’s important to keep practising and code one line at a time. Break a big problem down into smaller steps and think what code is needed for one step and build from there.

Currently I have knowledge in t-sql back end development and I have started learning front end web development (html, css, javascript). For future assignments I feel having a broad knowledge of a few different languages and how they work will better equip me to solve a range of problems that may arise in a business. In an agile environment I could offer support to many different teams on various projects with the skills and knowledge I have. Whilst working at Doris I am looking into creating a new webpage where employees can fill in their holiday forms, this data will then be stored in a database which I am also working towards setting up.



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