Original question from Quora:
How do I learn to code without coding?
You just asked what possibly amounts to a paradox…
I’ll ask the same question in a few variations to see if you understand the mistake.
How do I learn to play guitar without playing the guitar?
How do I learn to sing without singing?
How do I learn to squat 600 lbs. without squatting?
How do I learn to read without reading a book?
Here is the deal, so listen closely okay?
Programming is a skill. Skills require practice.
The only way to learn to write code is by practicing writing code.
All the books, tutorials, videos, screencasts, conventions, lectures, classes, and everything else are supplements to the one thing you have to do to learn to code…
You have to write code.
P.S. I unpack more ideas in Creative Genius.