Why did you want to learn to code?
I’ve always been the type of person whose mind is continuously racing with startup ideas. My wife is forced to act as the sounding board for all of my hair brained schemes, and I’m always sure to remind her when a startup is successful with "AN IDEA I THOUGHT OF AGES AGO!” At some point, I decided (she decided) if I wanted to stop talking and start doing, I’d need to learn to code.
When looking around online at the available options, I really wanted something hands-on and not just endless video tutorials. Codecademy definitely fit the bill.
Where did the idea for Outgrow.me come from? And how did you get started?
As an avid backer of Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects, I would often wait months for projects to fulfill rewards, and I'd sometimes miss campaigns and have no way to follow up on when the product I wanted would be available. I saw a need for an online marketplace for crowdfunded projects and decided to make it my first project, Outgrow.me
When starting with Codecademy, I was amazed at how quickly I was able to pick up the information. After just a couple of weeks I was convinced I had amassed a huge wealth of knowledge (I didn't) and was fully capable of launching my first website (I wasn't). What I didn't know yet I figured I'd be able to learn on Codecademy while working on a project simultaneously (this turned out to be true!).
What kept you going when you hit problems?
Blind determination. I set my mind to it and decided nothing was going to stop me. In a very genuine way, at no point was failure on my list of options.
What are your own plans next with regards to code?
I'm really focused on learning Rails and APIs with the new tracks made on Codecademy. I'm working on a new, more complex project and I'm excited for what's to come!
What are the first steps you'd recommend for someone who's interested in learning to apply programming in their work?
First, just start. Start somewhere. Start anywhere. Just start! Second, stay positive. It's easy to get overwhelmed and give up when the going gets tough. The key is to stay positive. The worst thing for a project is negativity. A favorite quote of mine: "Think good and it will be good." - Rabbi M. M. Schneerson.