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Once you learn how to “code” – it seems like it was easy. And it seems easy to teach it.

It doesn’t mean you are good at it. But – teaching is a great way to solidify your understanding – and so, many people write a lot of articles and tutorials and make videos.

Lately, there’s been a growing amount of disdain for “Coding Boot Camps” and their prices. Their outcomes aren’t so hot – and well, people are frustrated and want to make their own mark. This is great. But it can have some downsides too.

We keep an eye on things

We don’t do it to spy on people. We do it because we love design and programming and teaching – and we love seeing how other people teach. Just like bands listening to other musicians’ music. Pretty normal stuff. It’s pretty insane how many classes and courses we’ve taken for research before starting PE. Maybe we’ll show it to you… if you really want to see it.

Anyway… Here are some notes we’re keeping to help us explain some of the pitfalls.

Work in progress

Just keeping some notes here for later –


Classic short story


8 minutes later, explaining functions. 

That’s rough! And with no context to what a function is – because no code has been written – and so, how could you learn about ways to encapsulate code for reuse – when you don’t know what code is or does?


37 minutes later:

There’s just a LOT of stuff here…


38 minutes later.

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