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Quincy Larson: Why Learning To Code as an Adult Might Be Easier Than You Think

The Scrimba Podcast

🎙 About the episodeMeet Quincy Larson 🇺🇸! Quincy is the founder of freeCodeCamp, a nonprofit company that makes coding accessible for all. He is a self-taught developer who learned to code when he was 31. Why did he learn to code? Because he wanted to make a school he was a director of more efficient. So... We have a career changer!So, how does a teacher teach himself to code? And how does he teach others? In this episode, Alex asks hard questions, and Quincy answers all of them, sharing valuable insights on how adults learn, how important are your intrinsic capabilities, and why learning a new skill after the age of 25 might be easier than you think. You will also learn about the hacker ethic, how you can overcome your limitations, and why software developers need to be humble.🔗 Connect with Quincy 👨🏼‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Quincy Larson started coding at the age of 31... as a school director (01:55) Why you should hang out with other developers (03:52) What is the hacker ethic? (04:51) Why do software developers need to be humble? (07:07) Quincy learning to code before freeCodeCamp. What was that like? (08:16) How does a teacher learn? (11:09) The key learning technique for people over 25 (11:56) The elusive nature of learning to code (15:41) How does an adult brain learn, and why might kinesthetic learning be the best way? (17:29) Can an old dog learn new tricks? (18:57) Learning with analogies and associations + why you shouldn't drink (21:47) Quincy is a master learner... But what if you're not? (24:49) Can anyone learn to code and become a successful developer? (27:35) Are aptitudes important? (28:24) Overcoming your limitations (32:16) How does Quincy feel about the success of freeCodeCamp? (34:44) 🧰 Resources Mentioned freeCodeCamp Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, book by Steven Levy ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏

37mins

13 Sep 2022

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Preparing Learners for the Blank Canvas with Quincy Larson

Badass Courses

Quincy Larson, founder of freeCodeCamp, was in his 30's after he quit his job as a school director. After learning how to automate some of the tedious tasks that staff had to deal with, he realized how many people's lives could be improved if they learned how to solve problems with technology.He spent the next nine months learning to code before landing his first software engineering position. He gained a ton of practical experience on the job and started to think about how to create a path to get people to this point as quickly as possible.freeCodeCamp was the result.freeCodeCamp, using game design as its guiding instructional design philosophy, has learners coding with rapid feedback and frequent challenges or "mini bosses". The idea being that a learner can't iterate and improve to their max potential unless the feedback that corrects and guides them is immediate. The idea of the mini boss is to strengthen a learner's problem solving and stop them from getting too overconfident in their abilities.Coding is hard.And don't let anyone tell you different. Unless the learner understands just how frustrating and ambiguous programming is, they're going to hit a wall once they are confronted with a blank canvas. Now what?Iteration is critical to the platform as well. Since freeCodeCamp is well, free, they are able to make changes freely without having to worry about wasting anyone's money. This gives them the freedom to get feedback, iterate and build something truly niceQuincy goes over all of the above and more in this episode of the Badass Courses podcast. Tune in to learn more about the business model, course design, and history of freeCodeCamp.Show Notes and SocialsBadass: Making Users AwesomeTwitter - Quincy LarsonfreeCodeCamp

37mins

20 Jun 2022

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How He Made Learning to Code Completely Free (Quincy Larson) - KNN Ep. 101

Ken's Nearest Neighbors

Quincy Larson is the founder of freeCodeCamp. A Non-Profit with a mission to make learning to code free to everyone. Currently over 40,000 freeCodeCamp graduates have gotten jobs in tech. Quincy worked as a teacher and a school director for a decade before learning to code at hackathons and makerspaces around California. He enjoys reading history books, taking his kids to the park, and trying to teach anyone who will listen to him. In this episode, we learn how Quincy went from being an English teacher to now running arguably the largest free coding non-profit in the world. We also learn the benefits and drawbacks of running a non-profit vs a private enterprise, and Quincy's secret technique for his incredible output. I loved this conversation with Quincy, he is down to earth and clearly cares about his mission. I'm so happy I could share this one with you.

1hr 5mins

1 Jun 2022

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S19:E7 - How freeCodeCamp has evolved over time (Quincy Larson)

CodeNewbie

In this episode, we talk about the evolution of freeCodeCamp with the teacher who founded freeCodeCamp, Quincy Larson. Quincy talks about creating the online learning resource he wished he had when he transitioned mid-career into tech, how freeCodeCamp has grown over time in community and content, and what the future of freeCodeCamp holds. Show Links Turing (sponsor) Microsoft (sponsor) Stellar (sponsor) freeCodeCamp Visual Basic Head First Programming Project Euler JavaScript Rust Visual Studio Code SQL PostgreSQL WordPress Python Django Node.js COBOL HTML CSS Git Linux C Learn to Code RPG – A Visual Novel Video Game Where you Learn Computer Science Concepts Web3 Jupyter Notebook The Coding Bootcamp Handbook: Immersive Engineering Programs Explained Quincy LarsonQuincy Larson is a JavaScript developer and the teacher who founded Free Code Camp.

57mins

21 Mar 2022

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#199 – The Future of Teaching with Darrell Silver of Thinkful and Quincy Larson of freeCodeCamp

Indie Hackers

One of the best ways to build a successful business as an indie hacker is to teach people a valuable skill. So in this episode, I sat down to talk to you two of the best educators that I know. Darrell Silver (@darrellsilver) is the founder of Thinkful (an online learning service that's helped thousands of students get high paying jobs in tech)  and Quincy Larson (@ossia), the founder of freeCodeCamp.We’ll get into some of the best ways for indie hackers to get started as educators and the economics behind an education business.   • Learn to code on freeCodeCamp: https://www.freecodecamp.org/ • Follow Quincy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ossia • Check out Thinkful: https://www.thinkful.com/ • Follow Darrell on Twitter: https://twitter.com/darrellsilver

40mins

7 Apr 2021

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E29 - Quincy Larson - Teacher at @freeCodeCamp where you can learn to code for free.

OsProgramadores

Quincy Larson was a school director for six years before he started to learn to code so that he could create tools for making schools more efficient. His own journey into learning to code was long and winding and he recognized the need for a single-track curriculum for newbie developers and that led to the creation of freeCodeCamp. Links Quincy Larson - Twitter freeCodeCamp.org freeCodeCamp Forum chat.freecodecamp.org Contributing to freeCodeCamp freeCodeCamp News devdocs crowdin loopback Google Cloud Platform Python Books theWARofART Movies/TV Shows Halt and Catch Fire Music coderadio.freecodecamp.org OsProgramadores Site do OsProgramadores Grupo do OsProgramadores no Telegram Canal do Youtube do OsProgramadores Twitter do Marcelo Pinheiro

58mins

28 Feb 2021

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Quincy Larson, Founder of freeCodeCamp - Part Two

Developer Tea

Quincy Larson might be responsible for at least one very important part of your career: the beginning. That's because Quincy is the founder of freeCodeCamp, a non-profit teaching millions of people to code.In this and the last episode we talk all about what it means to be a beginner.✨ Sponsor: SquareSquare's Terminal API makes payments easy, whether in person, in-app, or both. Process payments on every platform imaginable. Get started today at https://developertea.com/square📮 Ask a QuestionIf you enjoyed this episode and would like me to discuss a question that you have on the show, drop it over at: developertea.com/contact.If you would like to join the new experimental DIscord group, reach out at developertea.com/contact, developertea@gmail.com, or @developertea on Twitter.🧡 Leave a ReviewIf you're enjoying the show and want to support the content head over to iTunes and leave a review! It helps other developers discover the show and keep us focused on what matters to you.

41mins

24 Feb 2021

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Quincy Larson, Founder of freeCodeCamp - Part One

Developer Tea

Quincy Larson might be responsible for at least one very important part of your career: the beginning. That's because Quincy is the founder of freeCodeCamp, a non-profit teaching millions of people to code.In this and the next episode we talk all about what it means to be a beginner.✨ Sponsor: SquareSquare's Terminal API makes payments easy, whether in person, in-app, or both. Process payments on every platform imaginable. Get started today at https://developertea.com/square📮 Ask a QuestionIf you enjoyed this episode and would like me to discuss a question that you have on the show, drop it over at: developertea.com/contact.If you would like to join the new experimental DIscord group, reach out at developertea.com/contact, developertea@gmail.com, or @developertea on Twitter.🧡 Leave a ReviewIf you're enjoying the show and want to support the content head over to iTunes and leave a review! It helps other developers discover the show and keep us focused on what matters to you.

37mins

22 Feb 2021

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Quincy Larson: Free Code Champion

Crazy Good Turns

Half a million people per day use his website, working toward a computer programming certification. Find out why he’s offering it for free.

35mins

28 Jan 2021

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Quincy Larson: How the founder of freeCodeCamp uses Stoicism in his daily life

The Struggling Stoic

Quincy Larson is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met. He's the founder of freeCodeCamp.org, a non-profit that each year helps thousands of people change their lives by becoming software developers. The organization was founded in 2014 and it has grown to become one of the worlds most popular learning platforms for aspiring developers.Quincy also follows a range of Stoic practices in his day-to-day life. In this interview, he shares both how and why he does it.NOTE: This episode was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic broke out, which is why it isn't mentioned throughout the interview.

55mins

10 Oct 2020

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