5 Easy Ways Of Getting Into Coding

5 easy ways of getting into coding

As we all know, everything today is about technology. As this massive trend moves forward in our life, it is becoming essential to be involved in every aspect of it. Coding does not definitely scape one of the fundamental topics that millennium have to learn about this technological boom

1. Start by brainstorming

This is probably one of the most important points before developing anything. This is relevant because coding is not a sequential activity that you can engage very easily. It requires a lot of thinking behind to understand the logic of what you want to program. Brainstorming is proved to be one of the best ways to start basically any project, not only coding, but also a paper, an exam, etc. Brainstorming basically puts your brain to think in a very open and broad way; the most important key to remember is that all ideas are valid. Do not discard anything related to what you want to do.

2. Have an overall design of the code

Having a design that can represent how your code is going to look like is very important for planning out the behavior of the program. This is probably the most important and critical point of the coding because it allows you to think what classes are going to do, as well as the relation they are going to have inside the program. Designing good code is considered to be even better and more clear than just coding. In fact, there is a specific language called UML (unified modeling language) that provides you the standard way of visualizing the the design of your code. My favorite tool to use to design an UML for your program would be LucidChart.

3. Do a quick pseudo code the overall idea

Pseudo code is absolutely a relevant step you definitely should take before start programming. This will allow you to have a dumb down version of your program in simple words without confusing yourself in the code. It is a very simple way to organize what you are going to do by putting words in the logic behind the code you are trying to accomplish. Furthermore, this will allow you to understand what level of the code you have made a mistake if that is the case. Remember just to keep you pseudo codes easy to understand so that you won’t have any problem going back whenever you get stuck figuring out an error that your code might have. 

4. Start by working on a small scale

This is one of the most tempting parts of the process. For some, once they feel like they have some experience in the previous steps, they think they are going to fly. For some others, they get intimidated by the amount of complexity the code might have (based on the UML or pseudo code). But what is most important is to always start small; only little is going to get accomplished if you think you are going to code four hundred lines of code in the first couple of programs. Instead, think about experimenting first; start testing things, see how they are, what they do. That is the only way you are going to learn without spending too much time trying to figure out what you have messed up in your code. Plus it is pretty easy to build up on previous code once you get started with the easy part. So just try to simplify the complexity of your code into a smaller scale.

.Test your code

Do not hesitate This won’t particularly happen to everybody, but for the ones that are a little more hesitant about new technologies, specially for something technical as coding, it is OKAY to make mistakes. And they will surely happen!! Specially if you are new to this. But guess what, as everything in life, you are going to learn from what you made wrong. Not everything is about wining or getting everything right. There always need to be some sort of imperfection in what you do. If not, we were not humans at all. So I would recommend that whenever you have your code ready to test, hit that enter keyboard and see what happens. There is absolutely nothing more satisfactory than figuring out why your code was not compiling, or giving you the wrong data. So go ahead and try this!!

It’s the Little Things That Helped Me Find Balance in College

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There’s a thin line between work and play as a college student.

It’s balancing act you probably never really dealt with before coming to college.

I’m a junior and every semester I still struggle with managing my Type-A-personality-workaholic-perfectionist-tendencies. It took me 3 academic years of trial and error to figure out what worked for me to help find that balance.

For me, it’s the little things. Sprinkling positive, uplifting affirmations throughout my day make schoolwork more exciting and my day just a little more interesting.

I put together a list of my favorite little things that keep morale high throughout the day …

  1. Buy a planner and actually USE IT! – buying a planner is the easy part, using it is the hard part. Your teachers probably give you a syllabus the first day of class, right? At the end of the day, take 10 minutes to write what assignments and tests you have due for your classes. Trust me, knowing what you have due in your classes will reduce stress levels a lot and you’re less likely to get caught in that situation where you realize you have an assignment due … the night before its due.

If you’re looking so spice up your planner game, check out riflepaperco for some planner inspo.

Using “stickies” on your laptop is a free alternative to buying a planner!

 

2. Join a club or organization that you’ll enjoy participating in – Lucky for you, Penn State has literally over 1,000, yes, over one thousand, clubs and organizations to get involved in.

Getting involved on campus keeps you on a schedule and forces you to learn the art of time management.

Joining an organization that meets regularly helps break up your day and give you something to look forward to during studying-induced stress.

  1. Make studying a little more exciting – I’d be lying if I told you I truly loved I think one of the hardest parts it getting into your study groove. To get prepared to do some serious work, I need to find a good study spot (Abba Java and 4th floor Paterno cubbies are my favorite), then find the perfect study playlist. one word: Soundcloud
  1. Don’t forget to take time for yourself — It’s easy to get wrapped up in studying for a midterm worth 25% of your final grade or editing that research paper over and over and over…

But it’s important to give yourself and your brain a break.

Giving yourself a 15-minute study break to take a lap around the library or running a quick errand or calling a family member can be just what you need to refocus, re-energize and de-stress.

 

  1. Make yourself do one stress relieving activity a day – Days can get really jam packed and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed throughout the day.

 

But don’t worry … your busiest week will eventually end.

 Read a few pages of a book you love before bed, find a free yoga class, go on a walk and listen to your favorite song, have a pizza night with your roommates.

If it helps you de-stress and re-motivates you to take on the next day, go for it!