I have hit these coding challenges and with a ton of help I’m managing them. I mean LOADS of help sometimes! I can grab together the coding concepts I think I’m meant to be using. Attempt to code it together in a way I pretty much know will be wrong and then get my software engineer friend to explain where it all went wrong and explain why it works.
I get that this is one way of learning however I’m faced with this reasonably simple challenge to do on my own ‘Find the Longest Word in a String’ - and just cannot for the life of me see how to put the concepts together (for loops / reduce(), randomly named variables etc…
Every now and then against all odds I have solved a coding challenge MYSELF. So incredibly rare though it gives me an encouraging little high.
I have a strong goal of wishing to be self employed (at least partly) within two years so maybe this makes learning coding a bit high stakes sometimes. My current work is at a psychiatric hospital and also a homeless hostel so very different from software…
I was just hoping there might be some reassurance out there hearing how others learn. I’m doing 100 days of code and my intention to do a minimum of an hour a day is fairly solid. I’m just unsure at the amount of help I still need.
My friend is encouraging and calls it ‘pair programming’. He’s very helpful though I often sit there looking like a dog that’s just been shown a card trick