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    I'm teaching myself to code and its quite lonely and fustrating. I don't really feel connected to the uk software development 'scene' if there is such a thing. I say this because every google search leads me to American sites - not so great for keeping up with more uk based stuff. Like, for tv shows or news there are forums and podcasts and magazines to keep you up to date with what's new and talk with people in the area but for coding it's been harder to find something, especially as I am so new at it. No one I know is even into computers and I live in a small town so no way of networking.

    So can anyone recommend and magazines/websites or anything? Like the sort of thing that has not only news but maybe job ads and things like that? Even a social network for programmers.
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    the code academy
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    (Original post by shawtyb)
    the code academy
    But thats just a website with tutorials? Not exactly uk based either...
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    (Original post by Dee0926)
    But thats just a website with tutorials? Not exactly uk based either...
    U said to suggest anything so I suggested.
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    (Original post by Dee0926)
    I'm teaching myself to code and its quite lonely and fustrating. I don't really feel connected to the uk software development 'scene' if there is such a thing. I say this because every google search leads me to American sites - not so great for keeping up with more uk based stuff. Like, for tv shows or news there are forums and podcasts and magazines to keep you up to date with what's new and talk with people in the area but for coding it's been harder to find something, especially as I am so new at it. No one I know is even into computers and I live in a small town so no way of networking.

    So can anyone recommend and magazines/websites or anything? Like the sort of thing that has not only news but maybe job ads and things like that? Even a social network for programmers.
    Stack Overflow and GitHub are always the first two things that come to mind, both are programming websites. The first for asking and answering questions (not always just code, but often other things related to code/computers), the second for collaborating.
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    (Original post by Dee0926)
    I'm teaching myself to code and its quite lonely and fustrating. I don't really feel connected to the uk software development 'scene' if there is such a thing. I say this because every google search leads me to American sites - not so great for keeping up with more uk based stuff. Like, for tv shows or news there are forums and podcasts and magazines to keep you up to date with what's new and talk with people in the area but for coding it's been harder to find something, especially as I am so new at it. No one I know is even into computers and I live in a small town so no way of networking.

    So can anyone recommend and magazines/websites or anything? Like the sort of thing that has not only news but maybe job ads and things like that? Even a social network for programmers.
    There isn't really a "scene" or anything like that for UK based software development...

    The best what I could recommend would be some kind of programming-based forums such as:

    http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/
    https://forums.digitalpoint.com/
    http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/
    https://www.sitepoint.com/community/
    https://www.warriorforum.com/
    http://forums.devshed.com/
    https://www.kirupa.com/forum/
    http://stackoverflow.com/
    http://forum.codecall.net/
    http://www.codingforums.com/
    http://forums.codeguru.com/
    http://www.webdeveloper.com/forum/
    http://www.webdesignforums.net/forum/forum.php
    http://www.webdesignerforum.co.uk/
    http://www.estetica-design-forum.com/

    Just to name a few. I'm sure a large majority of these would have a good community to be a part of.
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    To be honest, I'm not a tech savvy person at all. I'm really far from coding. Nevertheless, I managed to build a website on my own from a pre-designed template (one of these PrestaShop themes ). You know, my website turned out to be quite attractive and easy-to-use.
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    (Original post by Dee0926)
    I'm teaching myself to code and its quite lonely and fustrating. I don't really feel connected to the uk software development 'scene' if there is such a thing. I say this because every google search leads me to American sites - not so great for keeping up with more uk based stuff. Like, for tv shows or news there are forums and podcasts and magazines to keep you up to date with what's new and talk with people in the area but for coding it's been harder to find something, especially as I am so new at it. No one I know is even into computers and I live in a small town so no way of networking.

    So can anyone recommend and magazines/websites or anything? Like the sort of thing that has not only news but maybe job ads and things like that? Even a social network for programmers.
    Hello Dee, it's good to know that you wanna learn coding. I started teaching myself last year , alongside my Web Design course. At first it was difficult for me and i also experienced the problem of not having access to enough online assistance. It almost killed my interest in the entire thing, until last Dec when i attended The 16th Annual Webmaster Conference and one of the speakers addressed the issue. Through him i discovered http://99sites.me/ which has a collection of all the registered domains from which i get the websites offering information relevant to coding. I use these sites on a daily as my teacher, cause they have all the guidelines and tips i require. Am still not an expert, but i can say am making progress. You must not have anyone close to you who is into computer or anything of the sort, all you need is a good internet connection and you are good to go. Good luck.
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    Give yourself a task. Design and implement it. Knowledge in this area is universal and not specific to any country, seek help as and when you need it every step of the way. Having said that, there are plenty of UK-based sites.

    Let's say for example you wanted to create an article based website:

    - Prepare a web server. You could use your own localhost i.e. your own computer for the purposes of learning.
    - Decide on the LAMP of MEAN stack.
    - Plan the design.
    - Work out the setup of the article for your database, e.g. tables for users, articles, archive, comments, messages etc.
    - Design and setup the database.
    - Decide on whether to use a framework or bespoke - I'd suggest a framework e.g. Laravel or Symfony. This will give you plenty to take in and learn.
    - Incorporate your template design and database.
    - Setup your routes, controllers and repositories/models.
    - Implement the various functionality e.g. registration, login/logout, reset and forgotten password, CRUD operations for articles, permissions etc.
    - Done. Congratulations.

    Google each step of the way if and when you get stuck. There are so many ways to approach this but you will learn a lot about almost everything there is to learn by following the up, even what you never expected and which you may not needed to have known.

    During your research when you get stuck and need help, plenty of resources out there if you Google. Stack Overflow is a great one.

    You'll be dealing with HTML5, CSS3, HTTP, APIs (probably Web Service APIs relating back to HTTP requests/responses), PHP, MySQL, Object-relational mapping, JavaScript and jQuery libraries, possibly JS reactive, MVC, MVW, MVVM architecture.

    Throw yourself in the deep-end and don't give up. The end result, knowledge and experience is so worth it. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you're wasting time, that you should be focusing on X, Y or Z etc., instead really put yourself out there. Go for a task that you think is impossible for you and prove yourself wrong.

    Note that it can take 6 months - 1+ year depending on how much time you devote to it.

    If you require any further help or assistance then let me know by messaging or quoting me.
 
 
 
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