Learning how to code is a common asset these days for the interested ones. As a full-time software engineer and a volunteer of a nonprofit organization such as freeCodeCamp where an individual can learn how to code and become a web developer by following a dedicated curriculum. I can say it is a great “asset” that you can add in your set of skills. However, there are many misconceptions about it such as it is not learn-and-earn. You have to be smart enough to do the hard work like you would do in any other field.
Rob Percival is an acclaimed tutor who teaches web development through his famous course The Complete Web Development course 2.0. This book is sought of a companion to the course but on reading it, I can say it act mostly as an independent ebook. Learning to code is not about working 9 to 5 for an organization and provide services. It can also be about running your own business products where even though you do not code majorly, you can gather the team has enough knowledge on how to leverage the team by building an app or some other product that uses web/mobile services. Or you can travel full time and work on your laptop, the choice is yours.
The money is in all three different ways I mentioned and it does matter how to earn that. This is the core theme of Rob’s book. He provides insights on how you can start developing a mindset such that you can monetize your knowledge and skill work as per your own wish. All the millennials reading this review could take a look at this book right now. In the book, Rob follows a model of 6 to 8 months where he briefly describes how an individual can progress up to $ 10000 (USD) estimation of wealth. The amount described is not guaranteed and not the timeline. Even though Rob describes different methods, not every method is doable or suitable for an individual.
The book has simple language so if you are even a bit familiar with programming and freelancing, this book is readable. Though, I am disappointed by the lack of in-depth insights from a guy like Rob Percival who has served in the industry for so many years. Also, the methodology Rob describes in this book to earn a certain amount from this skill or turn it into a full time living, certainly needs devoted energy to put in long hours, curiosity to learn new things because you will be like almost every week or even every day, be patient and kind to your self cause your tolerance level be really tested like never been before.
3 out of 5!