Learning coding for FREE!!! - Thanks, NLB

February 24, 2022


Hey guys~

Recently I embarked on yet another new course - this time in coding! Best of all, it's FREE thanks to NLB. In fact, there are many courses such as business courses, cloud computing, coding, marketing, leadership and even art! 

Haha, we should be so lucky. Here's how you can do it too. 

Step 1: Make sure you have a National Library Board account. (Singapore)

Step 2:  Log in at https://nlbsg.udemy.com/

Step 3: Enrol yourself in any class you like.


WHY I chose Javascript

I'm currently learning Javascript because I already have some understanding of HTML and CSS thanks to my shenanigans with blogging. These 3 components help in making a website. Things like Python are more useful to people like data analysts or people who work with Excel (I think). Javascript can also be used to make apps. Some famous apps made with JS that you know would be Netflix, Spotify, Facebook and Twitter! And, if you're not sure which coding language to learn, you can refer to pages like these.

Coding is a language. So far I feel that Javascript requires some logic and math (algebra, simple inequalities). As we live in the technology age, I think at the very least, it's important to know how coding works, even if you can't code a whole app or website from scratch. 

The course I chose

I'm doing a course called 'The Complete JavaScript Course 2022: From Zero to Expert!'. The course spans across 20 sections over 69 hours. There are other courses too (like this one that is about 52 hours) but I thought, eh, just another couple of hours to have a more comprehensive understanding. So why not pick the longer one? 

I adjust the videos to 1.25 speed (you can adjust it up to 2x). There are assignments and coding challenges to complete too.

Currently my progress is 56/320 lessons, or 5/20 sections. There's still a long, long way to go, but so far it has been fun and fruitful. 

Journey so far

Initially it was really fun pretending to be a 'coder', especially when you start typing code on a dark screen. I felt so cool. The furious typing and clacking of keys really fed into the 'cool hacker' illusion you usually see in movies.

Sometimes things can get a little dry or confusing. Nevertheless, there are funny things that help you along. For example, there's this really funny comment that I always see on the QNA page. 

(it was not so bad...)

and this:



I liked it. Haha.

The teacher is really thoughtful too. He prepared different pathways to cater to different types of learners. Super useful!


He also provides a roadmap for us newbies to encourage us. You can hear the excitement in his voice as he 'initiates' us into this new world. Love teachers like this!


Now I'm not sure how long these courses will be available so I'm just going to take advantage of them as much as possible. I mean, who knows what kind of package and duration NLB signed up for?

I'm happy to enter a new world (and start to understand some lame coding jokes.) Here are some:



Can't believe I can understand this now.


If I do manage to make something cool, I promise to show it to you guys! Gotta head back to 'code' now, so bye for now!

Love, 

Skye

P.S. This is not a paid ad for NLB or Udemy, or even Skillsfuture...

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