Self-Taught Programmer: Codementor is a Great Alternative to StackOverflow
David is soon to turning 47 and has tried his hand at many different kinds of work. He started out as an elementary school teacher, but has spent the last seven years or so as an EKG monitor reader in a hospital. About two years ago, David had an idea for an app which he though had real potential, so he decided to learn web programming with the help of books and websites along with endless trial and errors. For David, it was a very steep learning curve to go from knowing nothing to building a full scale web app. “At times I’ve described the process as either a mountain climb or wrestling match,” David says. Finally, David realized that this app needed full time attention if he was going to get anywhere soon, so he took a year off work and lived on savings and credit cards all the while immersing himself in the app. Although his full-time programming sabbatical is ending soon, he hopes to launch his app in six months at 1000Miles.com
What Brought David to Codementor
I think many people would describe the process of learning and doing web development as a roller coaster of frustration and elation – with frustration the most common! When you’re learning anything new – especially something as complicated as web development, there will be many moments frustration. Not only are there a million different technologies and approaches, but everything changes in the meantime.
I always tried to figure out problems on my own, and a certain amount of this is necessary for learning. The trouble is that this process can take up to a week – and you may not even have the knowledge to resolve it. I felt that with my limited, concentrated time to finish my app, I couldn’t wait that long. Sometimes I was just plain stuck and couldn’t figure a way out on my own. So I finally made the break and started a session with my first mentor.
How David Used Codementor
David’s Experience with Codementor
What David Likes about Codementor
Obviously I’m a big fan of Codementor.
I would recommend Codementor to anyone who is learning a new software technology or just needs another pair of eyes to look at their code.
It can save you countless hours and teach you things that you wouldn’t see on your own! What I like most about Codementor is the instant connection with people around the world who are experts on your issue. But the thing that makes this all possible is the great web interface. You can see and talk to your mentor in real-time while sharing your screen, and even your mouse if you like! The mentor can also type code in the Codementor window to show you different examples. Many also will send you links to places to look further. The other cool feature is the message service. There I can easily contact my previous mentors to send a quick note or ask for their help again. Now that I’ve “taken the plunge” into Codementor, I wouldn’t go back to my old days of solo “plugging away” at code problems.