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7 Simple Truths About Learning How to Code

Posted  by Gosia Podzorska

You’ve decided to take the leap, change your career and learn how to program, great news! Programming skills are in high demand and qualified developers still in short supply. Before jumping straight into coding, take a look at 7 simple truths that no one might have ever told you about programming.

Buckle up, it’s going to be an interesting ride!

1. Programming Revolves Around Solving Problems

Anyone that loves solving problems can be a programmer. You don’t need a fancy math degree, be proficient in physics or have masters in computer science. If you’re motivated enough and solving problems is your forte, fear not, programming is what you were born to do! It’s quite simple, in programming you solve problems all day, every day, that’s what the job is about. You find different solutions, workarounds while fixing bugs and rewriting the code. The more problems you solve, the better you’ll be at creating that next line of bug-free code. You just need motivation and a strong desire to succeed.

Not to worry, you will also have the opportunity to unleash your creativity. Programming is one of the most creative jobs out there presenting you with a multitude of challenges. Sometimes, you’ll need to think outside the box and be creative to come up with the solutions that work.

2. Practice, Practice and...Practice!

Probably a cliche but in programming it makes perfect sense, practice makes perfect. You can’t expect that after watching thousands of online tutorials, without writing a single piece of your own code, you’ll be a master at programming. Fair enough, you might know a fair bit about the subject, however, only practice can truly put your knowledge to the test and show you where there are still some gaps.

Once you become serious about making that career change you need to start practising daily. At first, you might be a bit shocked with the sheer magnitude of the ‘unknown’, don’t worry, once you start grasping simple concepts everything will eventually make sense.

Here at Kodilla we put a lot of emphasis on practical exercises. That’s the reason why our Mentors do not always present you with ready-made solutions. They want you to focus and figure it out on your own first, giving you helpful hints along the way.

Sometimes, you might be encouraged to skip the theory, have a go at the exercise and only return to the explanations once you’re stuck. When you practice coding daily you will soon develop an intuition, you start playing with the code in a way that it produces exactly what you wanted to create. Only practice can make you a better programmer and that’s a fact.

3. Programming is Addictive

Programming can be truly addictive. Once your code works and you’ve accomplished a big project you get a sense of nirvana, no joke. After hours, days or weeks of dealing with a particular problem, once it’s solved you get that feeling of total bliss, which is super addictive. When your code doesn’t work, you’re desperately trying to find the culprit, turning off pieces of code till you find the one that causes the issue, you can’t and won’t stop.

The good news is that there is always a solution and always a reason why a particular code doesn’t work. Even better, in programming, there is not one but a myriad of solutions to the same problem. Test to see what works and learn on your mistakes. Once you’re done with one problem you’ll quickly get onto solving the next one, coding can be really easy to get hooked on.

4. Programming Skills Will Become Mainstream

Programming skills are already taught in ...kindergartens, yes it’s true. It’s about teaching kids the logic behind the basic programming structure. No one will expect a 5-year-old to solve complex problems or code an entire webpage from scratch, it’s more about focusing on their logical thinking with simple games like lego.

What’s crucial is that because the demand for developers greatly outstrips the supply and the pace of the technology development is speeding up, coding skills will be indispensable in the near future. Digital devices play a big part in our lives and that’s not going to change, it’s just going to get more intense. Knowing how to code will become an integral part of our daily lives and standard ‘literacy’. Get ahead of everyone else and start learning how to code today.

5. Simplicity Is Key

If your code looks super complicated, there is a high chance you don’t fully understand it, which is not ideal. Simplicity should be your goal. Complex codes might look fancy but they don’t do any good to you, let alone your colleagues that need to review it. Simplifying the code will make it easier to grasp it, especially when someone needs to spot errors or fix certain bugs.

A simple style of writing should be your priority, a complicated code will just bring more problems in the future when something breaks, you can take our word for it.

6. Learning Never Stops

In programming, things change quickly, they evolve and adapt to the current technological trends. When you start to code you need to come to terms with the fact that you will constantly need to update your knowledge. The programming language you’re mastering today might become obsolete in a couple of year’s time. You’ll always need to expand your horizons.

When you’re a programmer learning never stops, which is exciting but might be daunting at the same time. One thing is sure, you’ll never get bored when coding becomes your bread and butter. Updating your coding skills will become an integral part of your programming journey.

7. Self-Taught Programmers Do Not Exist

People believe that most of the programmers are self-taught which is not entirely true. Programmers spend lots of time trying to come up with the solution when solely relying on their own intuition but that doesn’t mean they are self-taught. They are applying the previously learned knowledge. It’s like learning a foreign language, you can’t grasp it unless you’re fully exposed to it.

When you start learning how to program you’ll need guidance. With a few clicks on Google you will find an enormous amount of online content dedicated to coding. The problem is that it’s all in bits and pieces that are hard to put together. You try to learn each small thing in isolation and you’re not too sure how it plays part in the bigger picture.

That’s the reason why at Kodilla, we give you access to well structured online coding bootcamps that will teach you all the necessary skills from A to Z. You will get guidance and support from your online mentor any time you have that burning question that needs an answer. You can learn at your own pace, however, you have access to the theory and practical exercises at any time of the day (or night). You’ll need the determination to think up your own solutions to the problem, however, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be self-taught. You won’t be on your own, you’ll have the support of our online community that will help you out along the exciting journey of becoming a programmer. Ready to make that move and start coding?

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