Back to code in 2019?


It's been a while since I've posted. It's been a while since I've coded too (not exactly) - I'll explain.


So in September 2017, I enrolled in the Bachelors of Software Engineering program at Bahria University Karachi. Which means that I can not really take a break from code - I have 18+ hours of classes per week mostly about code (in one form or another).


In September of 2017, I also started my a Digital Agency by the name of ALAF Digital, and among other things, we built apps and websites, and since I'm the only developer at the agency, I write a lot of code there too. In fact, I just finished edits on a clients site and put it on upload before I started writing this.

At this point, you can see no sign of a break from code, right? Well, it's a bit difficult to explain but to me, this necessary work isn't really working on code. Well yes technically I am writing code but I'm not learning anything so it doesn't mean anything to me. To me, being active in this field is learning and discovering new things - like I was back when I just started.

Now, I may be writing code every day, but I'm just not feeling it.

I've decided to change that this year - I'm going to go back to learning new things. I may be able to build websites and apps and make some money out of it, but there's still a lot I do not know. Following through on that mission, in the last 3 weeks (semester break from school that ends tonight), I enrolled in a bunch of courses and picked up a few books.

See - studying at 1 AM

  1. For the first few weeks, I'm going to brush up my basics in C and learn some of the more advanced things the language has to offer
  2. I enrolled in CS50x for like the 4th or 5th time and will try to complete it this time (no promises)
  3. I enrolled in this for AI program (Python based). It's the first (non-school) in-person course I've ever enrolled in. I've done all of my learning online before this. I haven't actually enrolled in the course yet. There is an entry test involved. I appeared in the test and am now waiting for the results. If I pass, I'm in!
  4. I started Eloquent JavaScript again to improve my JavaScript skills
This site helped me pass my Data Structures course last semester

That's about it! This may seem a lot but really isn't. At most I've planned to give one-hour to my personal code education per week for now. (That's apart from school and work). This is all for now. This isn't a very well crafted post since I hadn't really planned this (sorry for that). I do plan on making this blog a little useful and actually posting some tutorials or tips here, but that's after I free up some serious time to dedicate to this.

The AI Program - details at

Well, this is all! Until next time!


Hey there, I'm Ammar!

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