How to Become a Coder Without Any Prior Experience

Want to learn how to become a coder without any prior experience?

Want to learn more about what coding is but you’re not sure where to start?

Coding is one of the most in-demand skills for a number of career paths, particularly those in tech like software engineering, web development, and programming.

So what does being a “coder” really mean, and what can you do with your newly adopted skill of coding?

What does it really mean to be a coder?

To be a coder and to know and write code are two different things. That can namely be boiled down to the difference between coding and programming.

Coding involves:

  • Writing code that a machine can understand
  • Having basic working knowledge of programming languages but not necessarily having knowledge of software tools
  • Simpler projects, tools, and syntax

Programming involves:

  • Creating the machine that can digest and understand code
  • Having deep working knowledge of programming languages and the tools that implement them
  • More advanced projects, tools, and syntax

All in all, you can become a coder without becoming a programmer. You cannot, however, become a programmer without first being a coder.

Naturally, learning how to become a coder can take significantly less time while still netting some big results (financially and professionally). What do those jobs look like?

What jobs can I get as a coder?

Coding as a skill set that can carry different meanings for different roles. For some roles, coding is a fundamental skill around which most of the day’s tasks involve. For others, it could make certain tasks easier, but it’s not necessary — rather, it’s a nice-to-have, but not required.

Tech is one industry where the projected growth for all types of roles in programming, development, and engineering — roles that involve varying degrees of coding knowledge — is astronomical. In fact, roles in the tech industry are growing at rates 2-3x that of other industries.

If you want to be a coder, it’s important to find both the type of role and the languages or skills you want to specialize in. Particular coding languages like Python or Javascript have roles for coders that have working knowledge of those languages alone. To be a full-stack engineer or developer, you should develop additional skills outside of just languages — things like algorithms and functions and data analysis are crucial to these roles.

At any rate, companies like Google and Amazon (among many others) are always hiring for coding talent across the spectrum to help move their new advancements forward. Knowing how to code is a wonderful skill — it’s implementing it and finding the career path that makes the most sense for you.

Where and how can you become a coder?

To learn coding, you have to dive in headfirst.

Luckily, there are plenty of free resources and tutorials online to help you get started. It’s also low risk to start for free so you don’t put a ton of stock into this skill if it doesn’t work out. However, you can also take the skills you learn from these free courses and apply them to portfolio projects that showcase your skill set. 

It’s important to approach these free courses the same way you would a coding bootcamp in that you prepare yourself and your space ahead of time. You can see more preparation tips here.

App Academy Open is our free coding course that we made available worldwide in 2018. It’s the same curriculum that our on campus students learn during their bootcamp course, and it’s been acclaimed by coding experts and the companies that hire our grads every single day.

Learn more about App Academy Open and how to get started with it now! 

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