5 Things Code Taught Me

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Coding is crazy.

I mean, seriously.

It can be so intense just staring and typing out lines and lines of odd symbols and words that sometimes do not make much sense. It is a concept that can become complex quickly as it continues building off of itself. To all the coders and programmers out there, you have all of my respect. It’s a tough and gruesome job, but you do it so well.

If coding for the past two and a half years taught me anything, it is the following…

One: It is just like learning a new language.

Code essentially is its own language. It contains principles that must be used properly in order to function accurately. One minor error can create miscommunication and a webpage that has the capacity to crash or wrongly function. It is similar to avoiding an apostrophe, throwing off the meaning of the word and sentence.

Moreover, memorization is a large part of learning how to code. Luckily, a few key commands makes copy and paste effortless. Still, memory plays a significant role. Similar to learning any other speaking language, like Russian or Italian. Without remembering and quick recalling of words, communication is bound to break. Without using the proper coding language, code can translate to the webpage in the ways we did not intend.

Two: It is so important and relevant.

We are not entering the digital world. We are already immersed in the digital generation.  And there appears to be no stopping, meaning that more coders and programmers are going to be needed, a necessary commodity. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large industries are going to need websites to be created. Of course, websites that allow users to create websites within minutes, for both free and a couple dollars can cause problems, but that is a whole other topic.

Coding can create powerful pieces of technology that go beyond creating websites. Just take a look in the App Store at all the new games and productivity purchases one can download each day. Robots, too, as they are the future of human jobs. Also, with Augmented Reality being the new rage, the possibilities with such a phenomenon are endless. Even more, bizarrely enough, cars are essentially composed of code. Just consider how “smart” they are with their sensitivities. A drop of rain on the windshield and the wipers are automatically sweeping, or automatic breaking, and more. There are so many other opportunities that programmers have, just imagine how much more they will have in a few years in this ever-changing society.

Three: I should have been more open-minded.

In my college major, there are required courses in coding. I learned HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery. Entering the classes that were strictly programming based, I didn’t have the most positive mindset. Looking back, I wish I did.

I acknowledge that it is not the easiest thing to do in the world, but I also acknowledge the immense satisfaction felt when the code fits and works together perfectly, your webpage forming in front of your eyes.

I did end up really appreciating code. There is a small glimmer of calm that comes with it. That sounds odd, doesn’t it? Oh, well.

Four: It should be in school curriculums.

In my high school coding classes were offered. I never took them, however. Probably because of the negative mindset I held toward the subject. Once again, if I realized more of what code was I would like to think that I would have enrolled in those courses.

Since offered at my high school, I had heard stories of coding being introduced to even younger eyes. To be honest, I am for it. They say that the younger a person is while learning a spoken language, the more likely they are to pick up and understand the language compared to the time it would take for an older individual to learn the same language. Maybe if children are introduced to the topic, it would spark a population of ambitious coders and the connotations of the topic would dissolve.

Five: It is another form of writing.

Code is another form of writing. It might be weird to think of it that way, but it really is. Coding is still composed of words that hold meaning. I was able to write in a more analytical and technical way. Maybe the hint of writing that it holds made me respect it in a new light.

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