Free Video Series: How To Think Like A Software Engineer
Actualize is excited to announce its free video series called Think Like a Software Engineer.
When one first begins to learn to code, the focus is usually on learning a particular programming language. The student quickly discovers, though, that learning coding syntax is just the tip of the iceberg.
In addition to the coding language, a software development student discovers the need to learn fundamental concepts, such as variables, conditionals, and loops. They then realize that they must also learn the tools of the trade, such as their text editor, version control, and the terminal. Then there's understanding how the internet works. And then there's understanding coding frameworks. And then there's best practices. The list of things to learn becomes daunting rather quickly.
At Actualize, while we believe that it's important for a student to learn all the aforementioned skills and knowledge, the most important determinant in their success is to adopt an entirely new mindset: How to think like a software engineer. Once someone learns to think like a software engineer, learning all the skills and knowledge becomes much easier.
What does it mean to think like a software engineer?
The software engineering mindset is too broad to be described completely in a single blog post, but here are some examples of how thinking like a software engineer allows one to tackle even the most difficult programming challenges.
One with the software engineering mindset knows how to:
- Utilize error messages to fix broken code.
- Isolate and debug problems even when there isn't any explicit error message.
- Determine whether their code is efficient.
- Learn any unfamiliar technology.
- Research solutions to a given problem.
- Reverse engineer existing technology to solve their own problems.
- Analyze the tradeoffs between two possible solutions to a problem.
- Solve problems that have never been solved before.
As you can see, these skills require a lot more than learning a new language - It takes a completely new mindset.
But how does one learn the software engineering mindset?
While one certainly can pick up this mindset with experience, Actualize decided to launch a free new video series that specifically focuses on how to think like a software engineer. This series is very different than the run-of-the-mill programming language tutorial. This series is designed to boost students' ability to adopt the software engineering mindset itself.
We're launching this as a free newsletter that sends a brand new video to your email inbox each week.
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This post was sponsored by Actualize.