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We’ve been running a Learning to Code mentorship programme as part of our Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet, focussing on the uses of spreadsheets in research and the next steps into further use of software. We spoke to four participants in the programme about their experiences of learning to code in a podcast episode hosted by Code for Thought.
Yenn Lee describes her experience of taking part in the Research Software Camp learning to code programme.
By Amirah Khan. I took part in the ‘learning to code’ programme as part of the ‘Beyond the Spreadsheet’ Research Software Camp. I was mentored by Sadie Bartholomew, a Research Software Engineer who guided me through learning Python. I’ll share my reasons for volunteering, an overview of my project, and my journey throughout the programme. 
Starting to write academic code can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t come from a coding background - there’s a lot of myths and preconceptions around it. This guide is for those who are just starting to write scientific code, to give you a few clear tips about getting started writing code!
Dr Rebecca Hamilton discusses her learning from the Research Software Camp's learning to code programme.
SSI Fellow Emma Karoune discusses her journey in learning to code.
Steve Crouch, SSI Research Software Group Lead, calls out some of the myths surrounding coding.
As part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet, volunteer research software engineers have been mentoring volunteer researchers using spreadsheets to help them learn a language of their choice and explore various ways of working with and moving beyond spreadsheets.

By Thomas Etherington, Senior Research Leader, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Institute Fellow.

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

There's been a recent drive to get people to learn code, which has led to a few notable victories like the inclusion of coding in the national curriculum, and initiatives like the Year of Code. A recent article in the Guardian listed ten places where anyone could learn to code, but they required quite a lot of time and money to be dedicated to the cause. What happens if you want to learn to code in your spare time and don't want to pay for it?

Being the Institute's resident non-coder, I was given the task of investigating some of the free…

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