How I Learned to Code: Lessons From Teaching Myself Web Development and Becoming a Paid Programmer in Only 3 Months

How I Learned to Code: Lessons From Teaching Myself Web Development and Becoming a Paid Programmer in Only 3 Months
By Mr Christopher R Dodd

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How An Average University Student Taught Himself How To Code and Scored His First Job Within 3 Months

Christopher R Dodd is a world traveller, blogger, YouTuber, podcaster and entrepreneur who decided that a career in accounting wasn’t for him.

This book is the story of Chris’ 11 month journey from studying his first Ruby on Rails course to working remotely in Bali. Part-memoir and part-advice, Chris shares his experience as a junior developer including everything he learned along the way.


  • The Single Most Important Mindset You Will Need to Be Successful
  • How He Taught Himself to Code for FREE and How You Can Too
  • How He Got His First Job as a Paid Developer Within 3 Months & His Top Tips For Getting Hired
  • His ‘Secret Sauce’ When It Comes to Finding Freelance Clients, and
  • How He Was Able to Work Remotely From Bali

This book is essential reading for anyone considering a career in the fast-growing computer programming industry.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #564724 in Books
  • Published on: 2016-09-29
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.00" h x .15" w x 5.00" l,
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 64 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
Christopher R Dodd is a YouTuber, Blogger & Podcaster focused specifically on the Digital Nomad Movement and Location Independent careers. One of the biggest names online in the digital nomad community, Chris published his first book after discovering a need from his audience, who wanted to know more about his story and how they can also achieve a location independent lifestyle. Chris continues to educate and inspire the next generation of digital nomads on his YouTube channel, Podcast and Blog.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
3Basic outline
By Jo
Very short overview, however their are links to explore. I may re-evaluate after poking around. Not a lot of useful information for me in the book itself.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
3Good start, could use more background on the progression.
By T. Carpenter
The book is a little on the short side. The concept/idea/premise is good but there is definitely more detail that could have been included to make this a much more worthwhile read. This is not a coding book. This is not a "learn how to code" book. This is a narrative on one person's journey to finding their career. Still, since it involves the tech industry, more detail could have been included on resources used or issues they found while learning to code.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5An inspiring story of someone who knew what he wanted to do and just did it!
By Lachie Roberts
Chris's story is a perfect example of how the world is changing in relation to starting a career (and a life!). With the exception of some industries such as medicine, law, etc. that require a university qualification to be accepted into an entry level position, Chris proves that a university degree is not a requirement to be successful (and in many cases may even set you back).

I'm not a coder, nor do I plan to be. But, I've been inspired by Chris's story living/working remotely as a "digital nomad" on his Youtube channel for some time now. He is documenting a unique way of living and working that is becoming increasingly popular as people begin to realize how possible this lifestyle is.

This book shares his journey about how he learned to code, by taking online courses, networking at meetups, and finding his motivation. In the end, he was able to land several full-time jobs and freelancing jobs in a very short amount of time by 1. "putting himself out there", and 2. "understanding what is motivation is," of course there are some others things too! But, I think those two key points are the most important aspects I grabbed from this book. They can be applied to any field of work (or passion) which is why I don't only recommend this book to "coders," but to anyone with any kind of passion for achieving something, especially if you aspire to be a digital nomad!

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