There are plenty of resources for learning to code, but none is better than a real person who can explain concepts to you, brainstorm logic with you, and answer questions for you. This is why, whether you’re an experienced programmer or a complete beginner, you should get a coding buddy.
Coding with someone else will help you learn a new language more efficiently. Not only does having a knowledgeable buddy give you the backup you need to figure out a language, but it also gives you someone to teach, which is a great way to learn as well. Belle Beth Cooper, Exist developer, explains why she finds her coding buddy so valuable:
I’ve yet to find a method of learning that beats having a real person to talk to.
My co-founder Josh, who’s mostly a Python developer, has practically learned Objective-C alongside me thanks to fielding my many programming theory questions (“How does an if statement work again?”) and helping me with debugging when I’m truly stuck.
At the very least, having a patient coding buddy who can explain fundamental programming principles is a huge help. Josh will often help me think through the most logical way to approach a problem, before I work out the specifics of doing so in Objective-C.
Having a buddy could be the difference between learning to code in a few months and learning to code in a few weeks.