In a world where a two year old toddler playing games on a cell phone is a common sight, knowing the basics of programming seems to be a must for everyone alike. When Code.org stated that âevery student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming,â and that âcomputer science should be a part of the core curriculumâ, it exactly knew why and what it was talking about and so were Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sure when they recently donated ten million dollars to the organization.
However, when I personally bring up the phrase, âLearning to codeâ in any conversation, the common reactions that I get are âI am not a tech guyâ, Programming is not for meâ or âwhat use it is for meâ...... Let me tell you that we are in an era where technology has gained a strong foothold in every arena and to carve a niche above others in any field, we need to know how making it serve us. Here are some reasons which emphasize the need of programming for everyone:
Helps you make the best of technology
The knowledge of Programming helps you run programs more efficiently. It is similar to the case when knowing the working of your car parts helps to run and maintain it better. If you own a company, the knowledge of code helps you put up and run a better website. If you are working in an industry, programming will help you mold programs and machines according to your needs. Since computers have become an integral part of every field, programming seems to be a helping hand for everyone.
Encourages you to explore new horizons:
What is common between Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook? All of them knew basic programming and used it as the foothold to make it big in the tech world. With growing competition and increased automation, job opportunities can be created only through entrepreneurship and technology assists us in developing new and innovative products and services. Programming teaches us to think logically and makes our approach systematic. It opens up our minds and gives us clarity of thought process.
Source of income:
Trust me, computer science is by far the hottest choice of the students in all colleges and it is quite fair too, given the way every industry needs expert hands to run and manage their systems. And with more and more computers being installed, more and more programmers would be needed. Not only this, there are thousands of websites out there where you can upload and sell your creations, be it games or some new app.
Physical markets are becoming obsolete now. This is an age of online forums, chat rooms and social networking sites. The knowledge of programming helps one to create links easily, upload their works and grab any opportunity without missing anything for lack of programming knowledge. Also, one gets to connect with other programmers and designers and work together towards a bigger goal.
Improves thought process and problem solving skills:
Programming requires a systematic approach towards solving a problem. Programming teaches you to analyze a problem, build up a strategy and then use this strategy to devise workable solutions to solve the problem. This goes a long way in solving real world problems.
To sum up, the knowledge of programming ensures that your dream of reaching the highest horizons does not get hindered due to inevitable hardware and software problems when they occur. Basic programming skills can give you greater confidence in handling any device. As technology continues to advance and as automation continues to strengthen its grip, learning this new way of thinking becomes more of a compulsion than a choice.