Teach Yourself to Code

Martha Sharpe
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I taught myself to code using free online resources

In one year, I went from knowing nothing about programming to becoming a professional Frontend Engineer.

Now I want to help you do the same.

This book guides you through all the things I did to learn web development and how I made the job offers come to me!

It doesn't have to be overwhelming

There are thousands of learning resources and it's hard to know where to begin.

I share the ones I used to land my current job working with React and React Native. If that's where you want to be within the next year, this is the book for you.

Even the best resources are not enough

Knowing how to learn and stay motivated is even more important when you're learning on your own.

So I also teach you how to stay motivated by having clear goals and a clear timeline, engaging with other developers on LinkedIn and Twitter, and building fun projects that show off your skills!

Getting that first job is a challenge

I walk you through creating a portfolio page, your resume, applying for jobs, working with recruiters, coding challenges, and interview prep. Each chapter has action items to complete. These are usually the exercises or tutorials I found most helpful.

The end of the book has a complete checklist of all action items so you can track your progress. To help you plan your timeline, I include the approximate time it will take to complete each task.

The action items amount to over 700 hours. The equivalent of a coding bootcamp. But free!

Topics include:

  • Responsive web design with HTML and CSS
  • Visual Studio Code, Git and GitHub
  • JavaScript DOM manipulation
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Fetching data and working with APIs
  • User authentication and JWTs
  • React, Redux, and React Native

As you're working through the book, I'd love to hear from you! Reach out to me on LinkedIn or Twitter. Let me know what you think and leave a review to let others know too! 

I'm glad to share this exciting journey with you and I wish you all the best. 

As Dory would say, just keep coding!

What Readers Are Saying

“Greatly enjoyed these anecdote in @SharpeMartha's guide on being a *self taught* engineer - looks like it worked! — #LearnInPublic — Something she does really well is recommend 500+ hours worth of specific action items for the self taught, from zero to job.”

Shawn Wang (@swyx)

“If you want a relatable, friendly and knowledgable guide into the murky waters of coding, I recommend this ebook!! Wondering where to start? Start here I say!!! So many thoughtfully chosen action items!!!”

— Faye Sipiano (@JavaScriptCoff1)

“She lays out a step by step process you can use to break into the wonderful world of programming. If you've ever considered learning programming for a job or just for a side project, GET THIS BOOK!”

Joey Doughty (@ImprovementGeek)

“Do yourself a favor and get this book! Martha has captured a fun to follow self-paced roadmap that will help you through the twists and turns of learning to code as it equips you with a skill set to code yourself into a brighter future.”

Mitch Guth, Software Engineer II

“This is one of those "start on page one" books you can work your way through. Piles of external content: links, lectures, q&a.”

Shay (@to_your_point)

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A step-by-step guide using free resources so you can learn web development and get a job!

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