What’s the Best Programming Language to Learn First?

Programming skills are in high demand. Recruiters want job candidates with programming skills, and people who can code earn higher salaries. Learning a programming language can also help employees break into in-demand fields like software engineering or web development. But beginners often don’t know where to start. So what’s the best programming language to learn first?

The Coding Education of Kevin Systrom: Creator of Instagram

Self-taught programmer Kevin Systrom founded Instagram with Mike Krieger in 2010. While working a job as a marketer, Systrom taught himself to program and built the first prototype himself. Just two years after its launch, they sold Instagram to Facebook for one billion dollars. Systrom continues to manage the company today, and over the course […]

Learn to Build Hangman in Python

The following is an excerpt from The Self-Taught Programmer: The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally that teaches you how to build Hangman in Python. In this chapter, you are going to combine the concepts you’ve learned so far and build a text-based game, the classic Hangman. If you’ve never played Hangman, here’s how it works:

300+ Pages of Inspirational Interviews With VR Pioneer John Carmack

I found an archive containing 300+ pages of interviews with VR pioneer and programming legend John Carmack. If you haven’t heard of him, John Carmack is a self-taught programmer that began his career leading the development of popular games like Quake and Doom. Now he is the CTO of Oculus Rift. The interviews, which are long […]

Sabrina Pasterski: The Girl Behind the Next Einstein Meme

There is a meme going around on Facebook about a girl named Sabrina Pasterski who built a plane at 13 years old, and the press is hailing as the next Einstein. I kept finding myself thinking about the meme, wondering if it was all true, so I decided to do some research to find out […]