There is a point in time in your learning process where you’ll realize this:
You have the knowledge you need to start tackling the idea you have in mind.
Having a personal project you care about is the best motivation to overcome the obstacles that will inevitably come into your way.
I’m a heavy podcast listener, and I especially like episodes where some person describes the journey from zero to having a product online. Many times, the person starts from zero knowledge and builds the skills right when needed. Not before, not learning too much stuff in anticipation, just doing.
Solving all the problems
How do you solve the problems you’ll step into? Using Google of course. Google is your best friend. I’ve been developing professionally for 10 years now, and I’ve always used Google and Stack Overflow to answer my questions.
But Google is just a tool, a dumb machine that will match pages to your keywords. Stack Overflow is just a web application that would be useless without the people that spend lots of time answering questions on it.
Behind those sites, there are millions of developers that took the time to write some blog post or answer a Stack Overflow answer.
The hard truth
I am one of those people that share information on the Internet, as I write one tutorial per day here on this blog. Since I’ve started, I’ve written more than 300 tutorials. Let me tell you this: you will never stop reading tutorials, ever, because the tech changes constantly.
Something that everyone uses today will be considered legacy 10 years from now. It’s happened before, and it will happen again. Think jQuery or Angular 1.0 or XHTML.
Also, your needs change constantly.
Something you learn today will be the base on which you’ll build something cooler tomorrow.
But don’t let learning stop your progress as a maker. The most important skill you can learn is not how to make the code do something, but how to make something with the code.
Build something you’re proud of, and start today.
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- As an indie maker, what kind of product should you build?
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- The freedom of a product business
- Generating value
- Have a purpose for your business
- The idea is nothing
- The niche
- Remote working for software developers
- Product / market fit
- The best podcasts for frontend developers
- Why should I create an email list?
- Disconnect time from money
- The scarcity principle applied to software products
- The social proof principle
- How I added Dark Mode to my website
- My notes on the Deep Work book
- The pros of using a boring stack
- How to estimate programming time
- On going independent as a developer
- How to learn how to learn
- Why interview questions for programming jobs are so difficult?
- Do I need a degree to be a programmer?
- Everyone can learn programming
- How to be productive
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- Have you filled a developer bucket today?
- How I record my videos
- All the software projects I made in the past
- Tutorial purgatory from the perspective of a tutorial maker
- Every developer should have a blog. Here’s why, and how to stick with it
- Having a business mindset for developers
- How to write Unmaintainable Code
- What is Imposter Syndrome
- How to work from home without going crazy
- How I prototype a Web Page
- You should be the worst developer in your team
- How to start a blog using Hugo
- Write what you don't know
- How to block distractions using uBlock Origin
- Coding is an art
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- Dealing with the fire
- On being a generalist
- The Developer’s Dilemma
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- How to go from tutorials to your own project
- This is my little Digital Garden
- How to start freelancing as a developer
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