Hartl

My regular Sunday brunch habit for the last month or so has been to go through Michael Hartl’s Learn Enough series. Although it’s been more of a refresher for me, I think it’s a great resource for anyone who’s just starting to learn to code.

(And if you’re an all-round nerd, you’ll also enjoy his writing style and pop culture references.)

One thing I love about Hartl’s materials is that he regularly emphasises on the importance of “technical sophistication”. 

Perhaps the most important aspect of technical sophistication is an attitude — a confidence and can-do spirit in the face of confusion that is well worth cultivating.

– Michael Hartl, Learn Enough Text Editor to be Dangerous

Learning to code is more than just learning syntax. It’s about knowing how to put together the syntax that you’ve learned. Or if you’re like me, you’ll know how to look for answers or play around until your algorithms work. 

The other thing I love is that I often find myself laughing out loud while reading. Unlike many other learn programming materials, Learn Enough has so much humour in it (or maybe it’s just #nerdhumor). 

For example, in one of the passages on making choices, there’s a link to an Indiana Jones clip on YouTube in which a character disintegrates after drinking from the wrong chalice. The clip then cuts to a Templar Knight who says, deadpan, “He chose poorly.”

This combination of serious technical instruction with dry humour is exactly what I need after a long week. This is my idea of “infotainment”.

It’s something I look forward to all week!