In today’s episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I talk with Steven Harms – the director of curriculum at Dev Bootcamp. Steven studied philosophy and management information systems at college and worked in engineering support before joining Dev Bootcamp as an instructor.
Steven developed an early interest in tech but didn’t enjoy the programming courses he took at college. It wasn’t until he worked in engineering support at Cisco that he really got into programming. He found himself dealing with the same problems and operations over and over again, so he used his tech skills to build time-saving solutions.
In our conversation, we talk about Steven’s passion for helping people into tech, his journey into the industry, and his advice for anyone learning to code. He explains what working as the director of curriculum at Dev Bootcamp involves, and what makes a good curriculum and learning platform. Overall, he reminds us that no one needs to learn to code alone.
- There’s no single route into tech. You can build a career in the industry in a number of different ways.
- You don’t have to start out writing clean and elegant solutions to problems. Start by figuring out how to fix problems and learn to write clean code later.
- Tech skills are useful for lots of different careers. You can build a great career by taking whatever you’re interested in and combining it with programming.
- When learning to code, it’s more important to understand the fundamentals than any individual programming language. You can apply those fundamentals to a variety of situations and languages.
- There are loads of people and resources out there that can help you learn to code. You’re not alone.
- Take advantage of the little moments. Instead of scrolling through Facebook, read a book. Give that time to yourself rather than to advertisers!
Links and mentions from the episode:
- Dev Bootcamp
- UNIX For Dummies
- The Ruby Pickaxe book (Programming Ruby)
- Ruby on Rails demo (how to create a blog engine in 15 minutes)
- Practical Common Lisp
- Larry Wall
- David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)
- Steven on Twitter @sgharms
- Steven on Github as sgharms
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