? Get A Computer Science Degree the Non-Traditional Way

Learn to Code
I’ve been making and managing the creation of websites for a few years now, but as I find myself at the pressing edge of digital in New York City, I realize I’m running into walls more often than I’d like. As a result, I’ve committed to learning how to code. Not just Code Year code or basic trials in PHP and HTML. I’m going to earn the equivalent of a computer science degree, but I plan to spend very little (if any) time in a traditional classroom setting.

This blog, or perhaps this website for that matter, is a journal of my experience from mediocre “I can trudge my way through the creation of that website” to full-fledged “I could get that engineering job at that top startup.”

I credit much of this determination not only to the rise of online learning platforms that allow me to dig into the inner workings of the technology I’ve always been so passionate about. My journey to code also feels feasible because of the can do mentality of Hacker News and all of its participants. Hacker News has taught me that if there’s anything in the world that needs to be changed, its you who can change it.

Today I’m sharing with the world the fact that I’m ready to move past digital marketer that codes things every once in awhile to a manager who understands scalability and all the things development teams experience from start to finish. I intend to understand theory, but more than that, I’m determined to be able to actually build things efficiently and well.

I realize this is a rigorous endeavor, but I’m ready and excited. I’ve heard code is the new Latin, but I don’t believe that at all. Code is much more important.

The one downside to learning how to code outside of traditional channels is the lack of student interaction. Still, I believe there are many others embarking on a similar journey and I would love to hear about your experience, your questions, and more. If you’re also learning to code feel free to drop me a message anytime.

Here’s to learning. Here’s to code. Here’s to the future.

About the author: Entrepreneur with ten years of experience running a digital marketing agency out of New York City. I work with startups and brands such as Virgin Airlines, L2 Inc (Gartner), American Express, Fabletics, LOFT, and more. When I’m not helping companies increase their audience and revenues, I love to travel, sail, and read. I also moonlight as a bartender at a classic cocktail bar.

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