Category: Learn to Code

I’m Finally a Full-Time PHP Developer

There’s no magic to this developer/freelancer/make my living writing code thing. Persistence. Hard work. Enthusiasm. All boring, “yeah, yeah I already know that” non-secrets to success. Yet, the very things most of those who are still struggling lack. And, those who make it… finally get right. Take this email I just got from Ryan: You might remember this story from a while back, I had been offered a promotion to a jr. dev role and by the end of the day I the offer was revoked. I had been working towards this goal for a couple years at this point

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Landed a Junior Developer job in 3 months

I was trolling through the Dev.to AMA site… And, came across this one from a developer named Verity: “I landed a Junior Front End Developer role after 3 months of self study, Ask Me Anything!” And one of her answers caught my eye. She was asked: “Did you ever feel like you were jumping the gun and applying to jobs too early?” That’s a big one. I get the exact same question a lot. “When do I know enough to apply for a job?” Well, here was her answer: “I have a very ‘all or nothing’ type personality, and at

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Learning your first programming language… quickly

When I played high school basketball… And, I wanted to become a better shooter… my coach and I spent hours analyzing film of the best shooters at the time. Hand placement, elbow position, follow-through, on and on. Breaking them down. Figuring out WHY they were so good. You start to see trends. When I first started learning copywriting… one of the pieces of advice I got was to take an ad I knew worked well and write it out by hand myself. It helped embed the flow of a good ad into your muscle memory. And, again, you start to

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Do developers need a college degree?

“You don’t need college degree to be a web developer because people with advance college degree create libraries so that people without college degree can get a job.”  That’s the comment I just got on YouTube. ???? Yeah. Sooo… let’s tear this guy a new… ahem… I mean, here are my thoughts: Later, John

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How to become a full stack web developer

I don’t hear many developers talk about #4 here. But, it’s so critical. If you start your web development career by picking a language, you’re making it much harder on yourself. And, that’s what #4 in this video addresses: In any case, if you wanna know how to methodically become a full stack web developer, give it a watch. It’s my recommended path to make a lot fewer mis-steps and get there faster. Later, John

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How to learn to code fast

It took my five years to learn PHP. It was my first language and I made a bunch of mistakes. Later, when I decided to learn jQuery, I fixed those mistakes and learned it in about 30 days. In this video, I reveal what I learned: If you wanna learn how to code as fast as you possibly can, give it a watch. I’d appreciate if you’d share it with any developers you know, as well. Later, John

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Ajax requests with jQuery.post()

This is one of the reasons I still like jQuery. I’m sure all the new frameworks do similar stuff, but things like this are so simple with jQuery. Anyway, jQuery.post() is a shorthand Ajax function. It’s the equivalent of doing this: $.ajax({ type: “POST”, url: url, data: data, success: success, dataType: dataType }); So, with it, you can send an Ajax request this easily: var posting = $.post(url, data); Then, handle the response like this: posting.done(function(data) { // Handle data here }); Or, all together like this: $.post( “process.php”, function( data ) { $( “.result” ).html( data ); }); It

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The fastest way to learn how to code

Taylor just reviewed my latest course on SkillShare: “I’ve been a fan of John’s content on YouTube, but this was the first course of his I’ve taken and I’m really happy I did! I was familiar with all of the technologies used, but I’m stuck in ‘tutorial purgatory.’ I’m confident that I can build things, but I’m not confident that I can deliver professional results to clients. This course was a great way to work on a real project and gain some confidence and experience. I will be going through John’s OOP course soon. I highly recommend this course to anyone

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NEW COURSE: Build an AJAX-powered freelance website template

Just released a new project-based course. In this one you’ll learn: How to submit form data using AJAX How to build a responsive grid with CSS Grid How to send a contact email using PHP How to build a mobile menu using CSS transitions How to build a website using HTML, CSS, jQuery and PHP And, plenty more. Full source code is included. You can get access to it for nothing here: https://skl.sh/2xM6Y3l Later, John P.S. If you’re a Patreon supporter, you can access the course here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/21697046

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Can I slap these entitled developers?

Got this comment recently: “This peaks my curiosity. Lol….what do you mean really discovered it? On base or in the barracks? Also what type of WAN connectivity did they have in the early 2000s in the early stages of the Iraq War? Mostly satellite?” This came from and email where I’d said: “It was IN Iraq that I really discovered the internet… Online business… And, eventually web development.” We did have internet in Iraq in 2004-2005… As weird as that seems now looking back. But, it definitely wasn’t great. Satellite, I believe. It actually wasn’t until about 3-4 months in,

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You’re not smart enough to be a developer

This is one of the big fallacies in our industry. For me, it was about six months in. Growing up, I always knew I was pretty smart. School came easy to me. I could always learn new things really quickly. Plus, everybody always told me I was smart. I just grew up knowing it. Then, I started learning how to code. And, it didn’t come easy. In fact, even when I worked really hard at it, I still didn’t get it. The PHP manual is one I can remember. It’s weird to think about now. But, it used to confuse the

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Bob Patterson

Not only is John a very talented programmer and developer, he is also an excellent communicator. He has a talent for taking complex subjects and communicating them in terms that anyone can understand. This is a rare combination. This ability has enabled me to take my skills and knowledge to the next level. Thank you John for for all that you do.

Jason Rumley

Jason Rumley

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Lori Grant

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Thabo Motsoahae

John is one of the best instructors I have come across, I learned a lot from his online tutorials.

Oliver Wainwright

Oliver Wainwright

I’m a fan. I have completed several of John’s courses. I find him very knowledgeable and he has a great delivery.

Michael Skye

Michael Skye

John is a man of integrity, who gives generously of himself to projects and people he cares about.

Sukh Plaha

John is a fantastic and patient tutor, who is not just able to share knowledge and communicate it very effectively – but able to support one in applying it. However, I believe that John has a very rare ability to go further than just imparting knowledge and showing one how to apply it. He is able to innately provoke one’s curiosity when explaining and demonstrating concepts, to the extent that one can explore and unravel their own learning journey. Thanks very much John!

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