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8 useful tips for learning programming languages effectively

Do you want to learn programming languages efficiently? Then you need to take steps wisely because random tasks will lose time and effort.

Here I discussed things that worked for me to learn codes. I also analyzed other programmers' findings which helped them to make the perfect decision. 

tips for learning programming languages

Where to start learning to code?

You can even learn coding from your home. Numerous online resources (free and paid) are available for programmers to learn. But not all resources are suitable for beginners. First, you have to decide which language you want to know. Then find out the suitable courses for you.  

You can choose YouTube videos at the beginning stages to clear your fundamentals. Then take a look at regarding websites. Finally, join a paid course if you need. I highly recommend you to join online forums and keep practicing with source codes. 

Tips for learning programming languages

    1. Know your goals precisely

    First, you must determine what you want to do after learning programming languages. Because not all languages perform the same tasks.

    There are different types of programming languages available for different purposes. Sometimes you can do the same task using different coding languages in different ways.

    Ask yourself what you want to do and which projects you want to work for. Without setting your goals, you should not start learning to code. 

    2. Make your fundamentals clear

    Learn the basics about the programming language you want to become an expert. By learning fundamentals, you will have a clear overview of particular languages.

    Learn about basic syntax, functions, text editors, compilers, etc. If you have a strong understanding of primary programming languages, your future steps will be easier.

    You will be amazed to know that the basic operations among programming languages are pretty similar. So, I recommend learning a single language deeply at first; then, you can learn another language quite quickly.

    But before you start learning to code, you should know the requirements for starting. You may learn HTML and CSS to fulfill the needs of learning coding languages to make websites. 

    Some programming language fundamentals are:

    • Variables

    • Data structure

    • Syntax

    • Functions

    • Array

    • Conditional

    • Loops


    3. Be a problem solver, not just a programmer

    Programming is an occupation where you have a lot of chances to show your innovation. Do not just follow the steps of other programmers, and do not use their source codes unwisely.

    It may save you time while you copy codes from others, but you will fail to gather problem-solving skills.

    In programming, copying source codes is not bad; even different forums are available to share free source codes.

    But if you want to learn programming languages properly, there are no ways available instead of trying to solve the problems as a beginner. 

    4. Build your own projects

    Start creating your own projects from the beginning, and give perfection gradually over time. To do this, you may make a huge amount of mistakes. But believe me; nothing is as helpful as making mistakes to learn to code.

    When you create your projects, you will fall in love working with them. Inspiration may arise from here to step forward.

    Be determined to work continuously on your project until it seems more professional. You will be judged on your progress level by looking at your projects.

    It is definitely a great inspiration, what worked for me. 

    5. Join to community and share experiences.

    Find out different online forums related to your desire. Get helps from others and try to help others. Working with a community will inspire you.

    StackOverflow is a fantastic example of a community for programmers. I found such forums extremely helpful; even those are better than expected.

    Highly experienced programmers share their thoughts and solve different problems very creatively. I really surprised by how much effort they make to help others. And some solutions are so unique that you won't find them anywhere else. 

    6. Learn by doing and practicing

    Keep practicing, and do similar things even again and again to make memorize. If you learn programming languages by reading, it won't be productive enough to help you.

    Practice makes a man perfect, and this verse is more accurate for programmers. Analyze your previous works, and try to modify them. 

    7. Use online resources

    There are lots of forums and blogs available to assist programmers. A professional programmer must use online resources.

    Because online resources tend to be more updated, and experts solve the same issue differently. So you can get the most productive solution from different ones.

    8. Take enough brakes

    It is too stressful to stay with coding for a long time. The brain does not work perfectly if it fails to get enough breaks.

    Take time for relaxation, and don't consider it a waste of time. Problem-solving skills require a healthy brain to perform better.

    Benefits of learning programming languages

    There are several benefits of learning coding. Few of them I pointed out below.

    • It will help you to understand technology

    • Coders are part of a community

    • Become self-confident

    • You can work for yourself

    • Make a positive impact on your career

    • You will gather problem-solving skills

    • You can work anywhere in the world

    • Computer programmers enjoy a high-paying career

    • You don’t need a computer science degree

    • You can show your fantastic creativity

    • More jobs in the future will require programming skills

    • You can learn from your home on your own


    Learning programming languages is not so hard. But you will find it more challenging if you don’t do everything wisely. 

    Before learning, you need to spend a little time thinking because this little time can save you hundreds of hours and valuable effort.

    Tarikul islam

    About Torikul islam

    Torikul islam is a professional web developer and affiliate marketer. Join Torikul to learn how to start a website and operate it well. He started his Web Developement career from Bangladesh Association of Software and Information (BASIS) in 2015. Later he continiued his journey to expanding knowledge and sharing it with others.

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