In the current fast moving era of technological advancement, 8 out of 10 people will tell you to learn coding. Coding is the engine of the locomotive that drives technology. If you are a pro at coding, it is like adding a strawberry to your fruit basket; however if you aren’t a pro there is no need of getting tense. You can easily gain the basic knowledge of different programming languages through various books or online tutorials. Everything ranging from your OS, the apps on your android smartphone, all your favourite social media sites, everything came into existence via coding or programming.
Steve Jobs once said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think. I view computer science as a liberal art.”
Need Of Coding:
Why exactly do you need to spend time, money and brain in coding? How will it help you? Why are efficient programmers in such high demand? Well, read on to discover the answers:
1. It makes you self sufficient:
If the technical team of the company that you are in is under the pressure of a deadline of projects, then their whole focus will be on doing the same. If amidst your work, you are stuck with a technical term or a code and you ask your engineer fellow-mate to help you out with the same, it may be quite possible that the help that you require is of the lowest priority to him in comparison of the tasks that he has been assigned. You won’t want to roam from desk to desk to get petty help so you should better have the basic knowledge of coding to resolve such problems on your own. Besides Information Technology workers, Data Analysts, Artists, Designers, Engineers and Scientists, coding is also required in the fields of finance, manufacturing and healthcare. With such a rampant demand for coding skills, a fine knowledge of coding will make you self-sufficient and may also give you a number of opportunities to succeed.
2. It will improve your problem solving skills:
Coding not only imparts you technical knowledge but also helps in building problem-tackling skills, which proves to be a boon in the professional field. Coding helps you to start out with an area of concern or a plan, identify the problems, come up with a variety of solutions and apply the best solution to execute the plan. Coding indulges you in a brainstorming session, so that you think out of the box. Learning to code also improves you to focus and helps you in giving attention to details. If a single misplaced inverted comma or semicolon in the code flashes a syntactical error in the compiler tab, you ought to become very careful and detailed in your work.
3. It will improve your collaboration skills:
Projects of a company involve a variety of people from different fields with varied skills, perceptions and thought process. It becomes easy for you to communicate easily with engineers, designers and project managers and understand the technical terms well, once you are well versed in programming. You will be able to easily collaborate with the tech-experts and will have a better sense of the results, quality and timeline. Even if you’re not regularly working on projects with engineers, programming knowledge can make you a better co-worker. You won’t wait for a person from the development team for hep, who is already chasing a deadline with requests of explanation of the code involved in the design. Many coding courses incorporate “partner programming,” a technique in which two people sit at the same workstation and take turns programming and giving feedback. If you can handle someone else reviewing your code line by line, you will do really well in other collaborative projects.
4. It can boost your career:
Coding has become a core skill that fuels up a candidate’s chance to grab a high salary package. A new report from Burning Glass, a job market analytics firm, found that there were as many as 7 million job openings in 2015 in occupations that required coding skills. They also found that programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average. Being an efficient coder can open up a whole new range of opportunities. You can be a part of exciting projects or could change your job and aim for the one, which offers you a higher salary package if you have the ‘coding bonus’ in your resume.
The programming skills in demand nowadays include:
- XML – General purpose programming
- C++ -General purpose programming, especially in engineering
- C# -General purpose programming
- Python -General purpose programming
- SQL – Databases
- Java -General purpose programming
- Linux – Computer system operations
You can be a star in your company if you know how to troubleshoot the website related problems or if you manage to develop an app for your firm, that can be further put up on the PlayStore. If you are inclined towards launching your own company then the technical knowledge will come in handy and make your start-up dreams quite plausible. Nowadays, many companies directly recruit b-tech graduates with a high package, based upon their Hacker rank or Code Chef national ranks. So, if you’re an engineering student you might immediately want to start coding at these platforms so that by the end of your final year, you achieve a good national rank and thereby increase your chances of a promising placement. You can thank us later!
Summing up, I would say that no one keeps a worn-out vehicle or gadget at home. Similarly, aspiring graduates can’t grab success with old, cliché knowledge. Instead, they should keep updating their resumes with newly acquired skills. So why not start out with coding?