My 100DaysOfCode Journey.

My 100DaysOfCode Journey.

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Faisal Albasu

Published on Sep 9, 2021

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Before I share my 100 days of code, I have a little confession to make. Even though I'm a software engineering student, I didn't know how to code or even bother to learn for the first 2 years of university. This was because I had a bad first impression of programming. The first language we were taught was C and I hated it mainly because of 2 things, firstly, because I thought I had to be good at math to really understand the logic and be a good programmer and secondly, I thought have to be taught every little thing from the syntax to all the algorithms and everything in between. That made me almost quit programming.

In my second year, I started learning web development, I fell into the tutorial hell and I just gave up thinking programming just wasn't for me, to an extent where every time I open my code editor, I just get this anxiety and frustration that I just close it down after a couple of minutes.

Last year August 2020, I finally decided to really double down on learning web development, I finished the web design course on Freecodecamp and got my certification. The 100daysofcode challenge is something I've been hearing of for a while but I kept pushing it back because I was still reluctant about coding every day as I thought that's not something I could do. In February, I read about the challenge on Freecodecamp's blog and made more research about and eventually I took the challenge. I was posting my progress on Twitter using the #100daysofcode hashtag which but I still wasn't very consistent and I jumped from one platform to another not having a definitive plan or roadmap of where exactly I was going. As I got deep into the challenge I started slacking off and eventually around day 50 and eventually quit at around day 60.

In June, seeing that we're done with the semester at school, I decided to give it another go and this time around I started on the 1st of June and documenting my journey on Instagram. I wanted to cross-post on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Github but I found it to be too tedious and time-consuming having to post everyday on all those platforms, so I just settled for Instagram, also because I was trying to be more consistent on Instagram and trying to grow my following on the platform(Sadly, that account got hacked towards the ending of the challenge so I had to create a new account to continue documenting my progress).

This time around I decided to follow the curriculum from the TheOdinProject, seeing that it's already well laid out, I just need to use their references and build their projects. This time around I went hard and really concentrated on the learning process. I decided after every project I'll take a break for about a week and practice some algorithm challenges and read a couple of stuff from a book.

And now, 100 days later, I've finally completed the challenge. It definitely wasn't an easy ride, there were a lot of bumps along the way, there were days I don't feel like doing anything but I just have to do it even if it's at least an hour because I can't post about what I did until I do it, so that kept me grounded and made me sit down and really put the work in. There were days when I was so busy that I didn't have enough time to work the way I wanted to. There were even days I have to put projects I'm currently working on aside because I can't concentrate so I'll just do something less cognitively demanding or practice something I'm already familiar with just to keep the chain going. There was a time I even had to code in a train, and if you're in Russia, you know how long-distance trains are(very little room to do anything). Nevertheless, I managed to get some coding done.

This has been a long and bumpy journey but I'm happy I did it. I learned a lot more than I imagined and in the process built a lot of projects. You can find some of the projects I've built on my Github.

Finishing this challenge is just the beginning, I've still got a lot to learn but due to school, I'll be slowing it down a bit to concentrate on my final year project and dissertation. My current goal is to be a full-stack developer and I won't stop until I achieve that. With that, I'm looking forward to many more challenges to come.

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