On Jan 31, 2011, at 3:57 AM, Cassandra K. wrote:
Hello. I am trying to teach myself Ruby. I have no background in
programming, or experience… only interest.
Good on you for learning new things. We all need to do more of that.
I have armed myself with Pragmatic Programmers Learn to Program, as well
as Koans. I am running into walls trying to learn these things myself,
because I get discouraged when there is no one to turn to when I have
any questions. I get stuck; I wander off. This is no good. Obviously
there is slow progression, when any.
My first suggestion is not to feel bad. It’s a lot to learn and it can
be pretty counter intuitive at times.
We all had those moments when we were learning to program. I definitely
doubted if I could ever do it at times.
It other words, everything you are experiencing is totally normal.
The issue, then, is where do I turn when I have these (obviously simple)
questions? It seems both embarrassing and unnecessary to post on such a
place as this, for simple issues in learning (for example, getting stuck
on ruby koans).
Don’t be afraid to ask things here. Very few of us bite. Most of us
try to be patient and polite. If you aim for the same, I bet you’ll be
surprised at how we can get you over the humps. We enjoy helping.
Should I try to dig up a “Ruby mentor”, so to speak? And how would one go about
doing something like that?
A mentor and/or study group sound like great ideas to me. Why suffer
alone when you can suffer with others? Mentors can be a great
resource for helping you learn to think like a computer.
You might have a look at Ruby Mendicant University:
I believe it aims to help people in your position.
Don’t give up! Knowing you need help is a great sign!
James Edward G. II