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is this normal for a new programmer?

So I've never programmed at all before, i'm about 2 weeks in, i'm doing python, I've understood almost all that is taught in the videos about 90% i'd say with some hiccups here and there. But the code challenges throw me off very frequently. i can usually get decently far alone, but i'm usually asking for help. I enjoy coding a lot and like I said i'm understanding most of what i'm learning and i feel i could write that numbers game we made in the basic course, with some quick references to my notes and what not. Is this said to be ok for a new programmer, to struggle with those code challenges? Things like that? I'm just totally new to programming and don't know what is expected at first as far as advancement if i want to do this for a job. I know everyone learns differently and no 2 adventures will be the same haha, I just like to hear from others on how i'm doing or tips for learning etc..

Jeffrey James
Jeffrey James
2,636 Points

You should be horrible for the first 50 to 100 hours. Just focus on reps, not form...since you can't get hurt :)

1 Answer

I wouldn't worry, man. Without any previous experience, picking up your first programming challenge can be EXTREMELY challenging. I started with javaScript, and I felt like I was beating my head against a wall every day for months. Now I'm roughly a year in and learning python, and while it comes quicker, most days my brain is still melting. Just keep after it, you'll do fine.