Week 13: Attack Of The Algorithms!

I waited twelve long weeks to start working on algorithms only to realize that I had already been working on them for quite some time.

When you are a new self-taught programmer, algorithm is a word steeped in mystery and awe. It is a word that comes up frequently when you research programming, usually in the context of some incredibly difficult interview question asked by the likes of Google or Microsoft.

If the internet is to be believed, Computer Science students spend four entire years learning nothing but algorithms!

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Week 10: 100 Days of Code Redux

Last week felt like the first time in a long while that I was able to get back to my old routine. It was a great reminder of how much I love to code.

I am a big creature of habit. I am at my best when I have structure and a routine. Between traveling and then getting sick, it felt like an eternity since I was last able to really focus on my lessons and coding every day.

As someone who is new to programming, I can’t stress enough how important it is to code every day.

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My Holiday Tree Project Using HTML & CSS

I wanted to share a fun project that I recently finished using only HTML and CSS.

I was scrolling through Twitter last week when I saw the following tweet:

Since I have spent most of my time to this point working on HTML and CSS, the tweet immediately caught my eye.

Finding a project that uses HTML and CSS was exactly what I was looking for so I clicked the link to learn more.

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Open Source Contributions Made Easy

Learning how to use GitHub and contribute to Open Source projects should be among the first lessons that a new programmer learns. Unfortunately, getting started with GitHub and helping with Open Source projects can seem very confusing at first. Often, new programmers aren’t sure where to start so they end up putting off learning how to use these valuable tools.

The good news is that setting up a GitHub account is easier than you might think and I have a tip that will allow even the newest programmer to start submitting Pull Requests and improving Open Source projects today.

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A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Hacktoberfest

Hacktoberfest is a tradition in the open source community or at least that is what I have been led to believe.

Every October, programmers and developers from around the world spend the month collaborating on open-source projects. In return, Digital Ocean and GitHub reward them with a free t-shirt.

As soon as I heard about Hacktoberfest I wanted in but there were two problems.

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