July 20, 2019
What is the 100 Days of Code?
The 100 days of code challenge is a public commitment to write code 1 hour a day for 100 days straight. There are a couple of parts to this challenge. The code being worked on should be published somewhere where people can find it, like in a public GitHub repo. Anyone should be able to see what you are working on. Someone doing the challenge must also talk about their progress on a daily basis. A lot of people end up doing this on Twitter (you can check out the #100DaysofCode hashtag to see it in action). This creates a sense of accountability and community that can help create a drive to stick with the challenge.
Why the Challenge?
There are a lot of professionals in the field that I look up to. A lot of these people are brilliant programmers and are able to solve very complex problems. When I look at some of the stuff these guys and gals are working on, it almost lights a fire in me. It creates a desire in me to become a more capable developer.
The thing is though, I am not going to wake up one day and suddenly know how to write a complier that can bootstrap itself or design a brilliant front end for a web app. These things take practice and do not happen to a person by mere chance. It takes time to improve at a skill and becoming a better programmer is no different. So, to help me accomplish my goal of becoming a stronger and more well-rounded developer, I am undertaking the 100 days of code challenge. I have attempted the challenge twice before. The first time, I made it to around day 75 and the second about day 30. I am determined to see it through this third time. There are a few things that I am going to do differently to help me complete it this time.
One of the first projects I started on (I'm already on Day 6 of the challenge) is writing a git hook that will send an email right before a push. During this challenge, I am both tweeting my progress and updating a repo with my progress. The idea is that I can send an email to a handful of people automatically as soon as I update the repo. This can help me stay accountable on top of posting daily on social media. I am also going to keep some sort of schedule as well. It is much easier to stick to a habit if you develop a rhythm or routine.
Cheers to everyone else that decided to take this on. Good luck to you all and I hope that you learn a lot on your journey!