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How beneficial is it for me to pick up coding as a hobby?

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    (Original post by null.and.void.)
    How do you suggest I indulge myself into this seemingly sought after skill?
    Make a thing. Pick something, make it. Games are a reasonable start once you've got the basics down: you usually end up wanting most of the major data structures, and I'm sure you can come up with a million ideas for them. Just google stuff if there isn't something that you don't know how to do / you think "hmm, there must be a better way to do this" (because there always is, and someone will have explained it on stackexchange at some point). Once you've got a vague idea of what you're doing, enter Ludlum Dare to give yourself some actual deadlines to work to.

    Don't go on codecademy. Don't try to use thenewboston. You won't leave the videos fully understood in the fundamentals of the language, which is important because computer science is about applying the knowledge and not pasting what has been memorised.

    The old ways to learn are still the best ways. Books, pen, and paper are all the things you need to learn, you then try it out on your chosen IDE as you go along. Try Python as your first language. Resources such as Learn Python the Hard Way or Automate the Boring Stuff with Python also have video follow-along, but you should still take the book as the primary source.
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