April 21, 2017

5 Ways to Succeed at Learning a Programming Language

Whether you're taking up programming for the first time, or learning your 50th language, you might ask, "What's the best way to learn to program?" I surveyed dozens of people who taught themselves to program in Rust as part of my OSCON talk in 2016, and asked the expert autodidacts what advice they would give to others for picking up a new language. I found that despite their diverse backgrounds, all of my interviewees shared five common approaches to building new programming skills.

1. Learn by doing.

Predicting what will happen when your code runs is, perhaps, the essence of programming. The best way to find out what will happen when a piece of code gets modified is to run it before and after that change, and compare the results.

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