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What is the best way to meet other programmers and learn from them?

Are there any groups I can join or websites I can go to and find others to teach or learn from?

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Fred’s Answer

There are many websites you can go to. I am a moderator on www.coderanch.com, which has forums where you can ask or answer questions. You'll often get hints and discussions, with a lot of back and forth. StackOverflow is another popular site. It's more of a "post a question/get an answer" site. I have found it to be a lot less forgiving that coderanch, although I've not been there in years and it may have changed. I'm sure there are plenty more.

You can also go to professional sites, like LinkedIn and start connecting with or following people in the field.

If you are in school, talk to your teachers/professors, and see what they recommend. There may be local user groups that meet to discus topics, and someone in your community would have a better idea of what's available.
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Phung’s Answer

A good direction to consider is intern. This will allow you to get meet a wide range of subject-matter experts. Programmers is "general" term, in such that there are many types, and interning will allow you to streamline your interests.
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Emina’s Answer

You can network and get more learning experiences if you start attending hack-a-thons. You don't have to be a professional by any means to attend these and don't be intimidated if you do join a hack-a-thon. They are there for people to experience and learn. There are local meet ups as well that tend to happen monthly or you can even join different slack channels and ask questions to other professional.
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Balamurugan’s Answer

There are many online forums that you can use like StackOverflow. But we wary of any site that is asking for personal information or payment for entry. You can also look at product based forums like Oracle or Java to reach specific groups.
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Robbin’s Answer

You could try one of the local coding meetup groups in your area. Most programmers are happy to share their knowledge. Possibly, contact code.org or attend an hour of code session to meet other programmers. Mouse.org also offers training in tech to students. There are also numerous after-school maker space and coding groups where you could volunteer and meet other volunteers. It's important to give back!
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