About a year ago, when I decided I was going to teach myself how to code, the first course I jumped into was on Udacity’s website.
It was an Intro to CS course. And I gave up halfway through lesson 2 after feeling hopelessly lost. I felt out of place when I turned to the message boards. Like all the people in discussion knew what was going on. But I didn’t.
There were others that were on the boards,
I’ve been trekking along in Learn Python The Hard Way book. It’s been going pretty well. I try to dedicate at least 15 minutes a day (but ideally an hour) to learning. I just try to get some practice in on the regular.
Anyways, I’m beginning to get confused. I’m on lesson 17 (there are 52 lessons in total) and I am having issues understanding what is going on.
To be honest, I guess my confusion began back in lesson 15 or 16.
In my last post I talked about the uses of the command line. And why, in order to ever be taken seriously, a programmer has to learn how to use the CLI.
Now I will show how to open up the terminal (AKA the command line interface) on a Mac OS X.
Obviously, the first step using the command line is knowing how to find it on your computer.
I created a helpful infographic (as seen below) with images showing how to open the command line on a Mac OS X computer.
Oh, the dreaded command line. Before I even knew the name I hated it.
I remember as a little girl seeing my father type away in the interface whenever my computer was acting broken. It was as if he was in some matrix like world. But within a few short minutes my computer was always better.
So whatever he typed in worked.
Today, years later, I still despise it. But I am going to have to force myself to love it.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with learning how to code.
Actually, most of the time it’s hard.
Especially when life gets busy. Which is unavoidable. Over this weekend I had some stuff to do that prevented me from really sitting down for a long period of time and learning Python.
On Friday I met with a woman in my area who is putting together a tech camp for the summer.