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Monday, Oct 2, 2017

Lifelong Learning

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

It’s Okay to “Forget” What You Read

If you love books, memory is never a problem. If I read for pure pleasure, what harm is there is forgetting? I get to enjoy the same wonderful book over and over again — for the book-lover, what better gift is there than forgetfulness? But many of us read books for reasons other than pleasure. We want to get something from the books we read.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

How to learn new things better?

How to learn new things better?

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

My journey to becoming a web developer from scratch without a CS degree, 2 years later (and what I learned from it)

Today I’m going to let you know about what went right, and what didn’t, so that anyone else embarking on this journey has better luck than I did. I know articles like this are plentiful, but I’m guessing that maybe I could provide a better insight on the process of learning since 2 years is quite a lot of more time to have found things I could have improved in my learning process.

Thursday, Jul 7, 2016

The Best Way to Learn Anything: The Feynman Technique

There are four simple steps to the Feynman Technique, which I’ll explain below: 1. Choose a Concept, 2. Teach it to a Toddler, 3. Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material, and 4. Review and Simplify.

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016

Stop saying learning to code is easy

Learning to programming is NOT easy but it’s totally possible. You can do it.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Please do learn to code

Here’s why programming — unlike plumbing — is an important skill that everyone should learn: programming is how humans talk to machines.

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016

Is it worth paying for a Coursera course?

There are lots of free courses online but some offer the option of paying and receiving a certificate on completion. Does anyone here have one of those certs? Do they hold any value? Is it worth paying for the cert when you can still do the full course for free?

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016

Why Learning To Code Won't Save Your Job

Unfortunately, many have already learned the hard way that even the best coding chops have their limits. More and more, “learn to code” is looking like bad advice.

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016

What's the most useful online course you have watched?

Fellow Hackers, I am bored and want to learn something new. Have you watched any interesting/useful online courses recently on Coursera/Udemy/edX/OpenUniversity/others? It can be free/paid and I am open to any discipline.

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

MBA diary: Why you probably don't need an MBA

Which is to say: remember, you do not need an MBA. Only do it if you want to. Food and water are needs; an MBA is an expensive want. Like a Rolex. And that didn’t impress my mother either.

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016

It's Okay To NOT Learn How To Code

Realistically, I don’t want to learn how to code. I want the social cachet of being able to build stuff using computers, and I want the high salary a programmer can command in today’s labor market. But there are much easier ways to garner social cachet, ways that exploit my comparative advantage.

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016

The Easy Way To Learn Hard Stuff

And even though it’s just a simple (almost banal) three step technique, it has been critical in helping me to go from amateur to professional web developer in 5 months. So I’ve decided to write a little bit about it, in case other people will find it useful.

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015

A Product Hunt Maker Success Story

A year has now passed since I learned to code. My goal was never to transition into a developer, but to acquire a skill-set that would enable me to understand code and actualise my ideas. It has been as much a process of demystifying technology — ”How does that work? Is it difficult to build something like this? What technology do I need to do that?“ — as learning how to learn.