Hi all, a newbie here.
Just signed up and saw the recommendation of “starting from the beginning”, but most of the courses are web development related (html, css, java script etc.). I’d like to ask if my goal is to be a software engineer, is it necessary to learn the web development courses?
A bit background of myself: I did loads of courses on DataCamp, am proficient in Python. Built some small projects in Python previously. But most of what I did was completely in Python.
I think I am going to start with “Data Analysis with Python Certification” on FreeCodeCamp (Seems I’ve done all those content on DataCamp, but I’ll give it a try). I am not sure if I should follow the recommendation of “start from the beginning”.
Any insights welcomed! Thanks
That said, if you are not interested in web dev, do not learn web dev
maybe the freeCodeCamp youtube channel has more itneresting stuff for you, there is much more variatey of languages in the tutorials there
Hi @kennykenny.l, welcome to freeCodeCamp!
FreeCodeCamp’s curriculum is oriented primarily to web development, and with Python data-science. The primary reasons for this is the web is the accessible way to learn how to code, and still has a large demand in jobs that will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.
This doesn’t mean freeCodeCamp provides the only way to become a software engineer, but it does provide a path to become a web developer.
I personally would advise you to “work backwards”. If you want to get a job as a software engineer, see the jobs in your area and see their requirements. Its possible they are looking for Python, or they are asking for completely different stuff. Its also possible what they ask for is way beyond what you have, or could have in any reasonable time, and it might be time to plan another path forward.
Its more up to you and what your goals are
Good luck, keep learning, keep building!
freeCodeCamp currently has some material for using Python for data science applications, but it does not teach Python.
I don’t think it’s uncommon for you to learn about HTML/CSS/JS as part of becoming a software engineer. It might not take up much of the total time spend but it’s still a good starting place.
Obviously, if you are already proficient in Python you don’t really need an introduction to the basics so it makes sense to skip the part of the curriculum that isn’t relevant to you. I still think having some basic knowledge of HTML/CSS/JS not to be unreasonable for a software engineer.
Many thanks indeed for all the advices.
After some further research, I came across with this article, which basically says the easiest is to learn web-dev first, then progress to software engineer, and then further to ML. I like this idea of getting oneself employable first, and make one step at a time instead of trying to achieve too much in one go (especially for a non tech outsider like me now).
I think I will change my objective for the time being, to try to be an employable web developer first. Again, many thanks to all of you!