Becoming a Self-Taught Programmer: Cory Althoff Interview

Cory Althoff is the author of "The Self-Taught Programmer" book and the founder of the Coding List, who has worked as a software engineer at eBay, as well as several startups in Silicon Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 4, 2023 - PRLog -- The Self-Taught Programmer is a book with a full curriculum to become a self-taught coder in Python, using a non-traditional approach: learn code first and theory second. It is a guide that takes you from writing your first Python program, to passing your first technical interview.

More and more people are becoming self-taught programmers nowadays, and, thinking that this trend will only continue, we decided to discuss with Cory the hardest things for new developers. He told us if it is reasonable for a new developer to learn and practice both frontend and backend development, and what kind of projects new Python developers can expect at the beginning of their careers.

Evrone: Hey Cory, it's a pleasure to be speaking with you today! Let's start our interview. Do you think that a "natural affinity" for software development, as for music playing or drawing, is a real thing?

Cory: I'm sure some people have a natural talent for programming. That doesn't mean the majority of people can't program, though.

I recommend reading The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle if you are worried you aren't naturally gifted enough to program. He does a great job explaining why natural talent is overrated and why the key to success in any skill is less about talent and more about deliberate practice.

Learn more beginner tips for learning programming in the interview.

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