fringe rewatch + 1x05 power hungry
you think a few weeks pass and everything you went through just goes away? don’t fight it. don’t beat yourself up. you know, you’re good at that. that’s a character flaw. it’ll get easier.
Thrum thrum thrum
Pulses my head
A fog sweeping though
As thoughts grow murky
Each beam of light pierces
Leaving pathways of pain
The din grows to a roar
Must be a headache
My woozy mind muses
Take a pill
Try to make it go away
The lights keep growing brighter
The roar of sounds now a cacophony
Why isn’t it getting better?
As the dissonance and discord grow
The pain increasing, fog taking over
I finally know
Senses overloading from the lights
Overloading from the noise
Overloading from the world
My muddled mind finally understanding
Tangle Tag Yourself is very popular so here is my third Actually Autistic Tag Yourself! This time, with chewy necklaces.
You can get all of these amazing, chewy,, silicone necklaces and more at @stimtastic .
Shout out to @neuroatypically-speaking who couldn’t find themself in my last meme. Caffeine is just for you. :)
Don’t see yourself? Make your own list of traits and share it with me. You might appear in my next meme.
that autism feel when you get mentally but not physically tired at the end of or during the day from so much stimulation and you can only talk in disjointed words and you pronounce everything weird and people ask if you are on drugs…
Yep, it is an autism thing.
Sounds like it.
I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.
Learning to code elevates your professional life, and makes you more knowledgeable about the massive changes taking place in the technology sector that are poised to have an immense influence on human life.
(note: yes I realize that 3/5 of those links were Google projects)
But most folks are intimidated by coding. And it does seem intimidating at first. But peel away the obscurity and the difficulty, and you start to learn that coding, at least at its basic level, is a very manageable, learnable skill.
There are a lot of resources out there to teach you. I’ve found a couple to be particularly successful. Here’s my list of resources for learning to code, sorted by difficulty:
Never written a line of code before? No worries. Just visit one of these fine resources and follow their high-level tutorials. You won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but don’t worry about it for now:
w3 Tutorials (start at HTML on the left sidebar and work your way down)
Now that you’ve gone through a handful of basic tutorials, it’s time to learn the fundamentals of actual, real-life coding problems. I’ve found these resources to be solid:
If you’re here, you’re capable of building things. You know the primitives. You know the logic control statements. You’re ready to start making real stuff take shape. Here are some different types of resources to turn you from someone who knows how to code, into a full-fledged programmer.
Sometimes, the challenges in programming aren’t how to make a language do a task, but just how to do the task in general. Like how to find an item in a very large, sorted list, without checking each element. Here are some resources for those types of problems
If you learned Python, Django is an amazing platform for creating quick-and-easy web applications. I’d highly suggest the tutorial - it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and you have a web app up and running in less than an hour.
I’ve never used Rails, but it’s a very popular and powerful framework for creating web applications using Ruby. I’d suggest going through their guide to start getting down-and-dirty with Rails development.
If you know PHP, there’s an ocean of good stuff out there for you to learn how to make a full-fledged web application. Frameworks do a lot of work for you, and provide quick and easy guides to get up and running. I’d suggest the following:
If there’s one point I wanted to get across, it’s that it is easier than ever to learn to code. There are resources on every corner of the internet for potential programmers, and the benefits of learning even just the basics are monumental.
If you know of any additional, great resources that aren’t listed here, please feel free to tweet them to me @boomeyer.
Best of luck!
I’d also like to add some more specialized resources!
Easy game engines (virtually no coding):
- Game Maker Studio (2D; free and paid versions)
- GameSalad (2D)
- RPG Maker (2D; numerous versions ranging from free to $69.99)
- Stencyl (2D; free and paid subscription versions)
- Scratch (good for kids and is more general; 2D; free)
More difficult game engines:
- Unreal (specializes in graphics; C++ and visual script; 2D, 3D, VR; free with a royalty on successful products)
- CryEngine (Lua script; 3D; paid subscription and full license versions)
Mobile game development:
- Corona (free and paid subscription versions)
- SpriteKit (2D) and SceneKit (3D) which are built into the official compiler to create iOS apps (see iOS apps for more resources)
- also all of the above game engines (cross-platform)
Game console development:
- Game Maker Studio (with a paid subscription)
Note that games can also be created on more general platforms like iOS and Android apps, but the resources listed above are specialized for game development.
In order to develop iOS apps, you’ll need to purchase an iOS developer program membership for $99 a year, which requires an Apple account. Here are some general resources:
- Xcode (the official IDE for iOS apps; can be installed on OS X)
- Start Developing iOS Apps Today (Objective-C)
- Ray Wenderlich iOS tutorials (Objective-C and Swift)
- Code School: Try iOS (Objective-C)
- Developing iOS 8 Apps (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; Swift)
- TutorialsPoint: iOS Tutorial (Objective-C)
- How to Make iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience (Swift)
- Swift Tutorial: Building an iOS Application (2, 3)
iOS apps are developed in the 2 official languages of Apple: Objective-C and Swift, the latter of which is newer and generally much easier to learn.
- the official documentation
- The Swift Programming Language (free official e-book)
- Swift: A Quick Reference Guide
Xcode also has SpriteKit, SceneKit, and Metal built in, all of which are incredibly useful for creating apps that require elaborate graphics, particularly games.
- How to Make a Game Like Candy Crush With Swift (2)
- Sprite Kit Swift Tutorial
- Create Space Invaders with Swift and Sprite Kit
- iOS SpriteKit Physics Tutorial in Swift
- Build the Game of Life (Swift)
- the official documentation + other resources (Obj-C)
- iOS 8 Metal Tutorial with Swift (2, 3)
- Getting Started With Metal (Obj-C)
- An introduction to 3D graphics with Metal in Swift
Also, in order to publish iOS apps, you’ll have to juggle certificates, app ids, and provisioning profiles. This process can be convoluted at times so here are some resources:
- How to Submit Your App to Apple: From No Account to App Store (2)
- Beginner Tutorial: iOS Certificates & Provisioning Profiles
In order to develop Android apps, you’ll need to register as a developer for a one-time fee of $25. Here are some general resources:
- Android Studio (the official IDE for Android app development; free; can be installed on Windows, OS X, and Linux)
- the official documentation
- Getting Started
- Android Tutorial For Beginners (2, 3)
- Learn Android SDK From Scratch
- Introduction to Android Development With Android Studio
Android apps are developed in Java and the layout is coded with XML.
For publishing (which is somewhat easier than publishing iOS apps):
- Blender (can also be used to create games; Python script; free and open-source; can be installed on Windows, OS X, and Linux)
- Maya (specialized script; free trial, free 3-year student subscription, and paid subscription versions; can be installed on Windows, OS X, and Linux to an extent)
- 3ds Max (Python script; free trial, free 3-year student subscription, and paid subscription versions; can be installed on Windows and OS X)
- RenderMan (specialized script; free for non-commercial/educational use and pay-per-license for commercial use; can be installed on Windows, OS X, and Linux)
Stack Overflow is an ask-and-answer community for programmers. It’s amazing and will save your life. Sign up and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Github offers a student pack (here) if you create an account and prove you’re a student. This gives you free access to a bunch of great programming resources for free for a certain period of time, such as Unreal Engine. Also, Github in general is a site that you can host your code on. Other users can see it, and “fork” it to make a copy of your code and modify it.
And some general advice:
- Your program will not work right away, 99% of the time. That’s okay. Do your best to figure out where the error is. Here is some advice on debugging (written for PHP but the methods can be generalized).
- If you’re stuck, Google. Google like there’s no tomorrow.
- Ask questions on a community like Stack Overflow.
- For that matter, browse relevant Stack Overflow questions. You can probably find some solutions there.
- Don’t be afraid to copy and paste.
- Take breaks sometimes if you’re getting burned out. But don’t stay away from your projects for too long or you’ll lose track of its status.
- Backup your code. On the cloud, on a USB drive, wherever. If your IDE has a backing up feature like snapshots, use it whenever you hit a milestone.
- If your project is big, split it up into milestones and set goals. Don’t tackle everything at once.
Like the OP said, coding isn’t just for professionals and “geeks” anymore. Anyone can learn it if you really try, and with the rapidly expanding tech industry, learning coding can really broaden your opportunities.
If any of the links are broken, or you have a question or some information/resources to add, you can contact me through the askbox or the OP through his Twitter (as mentioned in his post).
If you’re interested, try some of these out and best of luck!
Great work expanding on my humble list to include a much fuller collection of resources for learning how to code! Cheers!