“I know how to code,” I said, “but I don’t know how to Code.”
“Umm. You just said the same thing twice and said there was a difference.”
“Yes,” I said, “but I said it with different emphasis each time.”
Despite all that, I was completely flummoxed if I wanted to make anything substantial or real. I didn’t know how to make standalone Windows executables, or set up a server, or write web apps or Android or iPhone apps. All I had really done was solve contrived classroom problems. I had no experience with a real development environment or making programs intended for a general audience of users.
But now I want to make real things. Maybe it’s because I’m curious. Maybe it’s because I’m jealous that Instagram just got bought out for $1 billion and I want to chase the dream, too. I’d at least like to have the skillset, if only to indulge my curious, creative side.
My approach right now is to try to get my hands dirty and start making mistakes as soon as possible. After reading the internet for a while, I decided that Django or Ruby on Rails would be good tools for getting a site up and running as fast possible.
Do readers relate to the experience of coding vs. Coding? What do readers do when they’re face with a problem the know is tractable, but they have no real world experience with?