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How Long Does Free Code Camp Take?

How Long Does Free Code Camp Take?

I spent the end of winter in a solar-powered, stove heated cabin in Northern Utah. There was no shower, but we mounted a satellite to the roof and managed to pull in faster internet than my apartment in San Francisco. I decided to learn to code.

I wanted to use the isolation to learn something new. I’ve been technically minded for as long as I can remember, but my past attempts at coding have yielded unspectacular results.

I learned some C++ in high school but mostly wrote gargantuan, repetitive code because I didn’t understand functions. I took a Visual Basic .NET course in undergrad but I have almost zero memory of what went on there. I worked through Codecademy’s JavaScript course a few years ago from a hammock in Guatemala.

I think this sinuous path of not-fully-learning did prepare me in some ways. I also hold a degree in Computer Graphics, which was much more heavily focused on design, animation, and modeling than it was on coding, but it did give me some foundational knowledge of HTML/CSS.

A lot has been written on “why coding” so I won’t beat a dead horse here.

The short version is this: smart people seem to agree that knowing how to code is a force multiplier for almost everything else in your life.

After digging around online to determine the best place to start, I decided to start working throughFree Code Camp. The runner up was The Odin Project but Reddit seemed to agree FCC was the stronger starting point. And for whatever reason I trust Reddit’s hive mind when it comes to this stuff.

So I set a small initial goal of 2 hours/day and installed RescueTime to track myself. Here’s a glimpse into how it went.

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