Practice will make you better. Don’t expect it to make you perfect.
Malcolm Gladwell, the author of “Outliers” explains the key to success in any field is simply a matter of practicing a specific task that can be accomplished with 20 hours of work a week for 10 years (which makes 10 000 hours).
I started using Toggl to track the time that I spend on different tasks. It is a very good tool for this. For better reporting, I used TalTech as a client and subjects as projects. My tasks mainly include maintaining my online stores and doing work for school. So for reporting it is good to use TalTech as a client filter. This week I see that have spent 12 hours and 46 minutes on Python after school. It is Saturday at the moment so I expect it to reach 15+ hours coding weekly. At some point this week it made 10x what I have spent on a second subject in school.
If we say, that I started coding this week, then 12.75 hours would make 0.13% of my learning path (10 000 hours). So I say, doing it feels like a lot. Like I am always in PyCharm. But thinking that professionals do it 8 hours a day which makes 40 hours a week – it is more than 3 times what I have done this week 😀
Toggl is far from… or not
Toggl is not the one to blame. Update from week 7 is that I very often forget to turn Toggl on or off. But I think, despite the gaps in tracking I got around 35 hours of independent after school work. Most of it for “Sets, relations, systems” (all Thurdsay and Friday) because I had the test on Friday evening. Python got its 14 hours this week.
Our lecturer Ago also suggested documenting the learning path of programming. It is good to look later how it looked like in the beginning and how it feels later. So that others, who are interested in learning to code, could also understand the learning curve and possible struggles.
Practical need for skills to accomplish everyday tasks.
Long story short. As I found myself more and more working with e-commerce solutions for my family business I more often felt absolutely lost and incompetent. And at the same time maintaining (and growing) 600 k€ revenue online business as a hobby. It is hobby because I personally do not earn 🙂
So I decided to learn how things should(!) be done. Hopefully this also simplifies the purchasing process of developing services.
Some examples of tasks
Use (and build?) custom API to get clients’ personal prices to WooCommerce (WC) store.
Automatically generate XML from json to sync stocks.
Generate customized csvs out of XML to speed up data updates.
Send orders from WC to business software.
Build simple php script for price calculations from XML to WC.
Combine multiple XMLs from different sources to lower the number of cron jobs.
Build regular backup system using command lines.
I writed these down just in case. Maybe I will find these funny simple tasks by the end of curriculum.
Well. I though I should document this path somehow. So I will just take rough notes here.
I am MSc in pharmacy (graduated 2012) and MBA (graduated 2019), left my daily job after 6+ years to study tech at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) on IT Systems Development program.
There are 500+ first-year students (daytime and session study combined) on this program. Though, I believe they are split between different curriculums and not all on the IT Systems Development program.