Why you should be coding in 2018.
The demand for coders far exceeds the supply. This is the cold truth about programming. In fact, it’s projected to grow at a rate of 30% between 2010 and 2020. That’s twice as fast as most other jobs. So you’ll have no troubles finding a job. The humble programmer is one of the most underrated jobs out there.
Start your own business
Let’s say you have an idea for a software product or web business. Like start your own Flipkart or start your own Facebook. Instead of investing your own hard earned cash on it and hiring a team of coders, Why not learn code and build the product yourself?
Let’s say your idea is worth a fortune, you can take all the credit for making it yourself. Even if your idea is already taken you won’t lose any money because you made it yourself. Hiring someone to code your idea for you is expensive and you should be experienced enough to explain exactly what you want.
Some businesses you can start by learning to program…
- selling software
- selling mobile apps
- selling your coding time.
Understand how computers work
This is probably the biggest benefit of all, and the one that will apply to everyone no matter who you are or why you’re interested in learning code. After all, you use the Internet, mobile phones, computers and software in your daily life. Isn’t it a bit strange that you don’t fully understand how these technologies work?
With any luck, you’ll be able to discover ways in which coding can help you in your everyday life or job. You may decide to write your own scripts, to perform routine tasks like sending emails, handling data, editing text or doing calculations. Understanding how software and coding works is definitely valuable for anyone, in any walk of life.
How coding works
The short answer is that writing code tells the computer what to do, but it’s not quite that simple. A computer can only understand two distinct types of data: on and off. In fact, a computer is really just a collection of on/off switches (transistors). Anything that a computer can do is nothing more than a unique combination of some transistors turned on and some transistors turned off.
Binary code is the representation of these combinations as 1s and 0s, where each digit represents one transistor. To be able to write a computer program by typing out billions of 1s and 0s would require superhuman brainpower.
This is where programming languages come in…
Low level languages are used to write programs that relate to the specific architecture and hardware of a particular type of computer.
They are closer to the native language of a computer (binary), making them harder for programmers to understand.
Low level refers to:
- Assembly Language
- Machine Code
High level languages are written in a form that is close to our human language, enabling to programmer to just focus on the problem being solved.
No particular knowledge of the hardware is needed as high level languages create programs that are portable and not tied to a particular computer or microchip.
These programmer friendly languages are called ‘high level’ as they are far removed from the machine code instructions understood by the computer.
- Visual Basic
What should I choose?
Thousands of different programming languages make it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Instead of writing binary code, they let us write code that is (relatively) easy for us to write, read and understand.
Why so many? Because different languages are designed to be used for different purposes — some are useful for web development, others useful for writing desktop software, others useful for solving scientific and numeric problems, and so on.
Know what you need, find out which language will suit your specific purpose or which is easier for you to work with.
Staying with the times
Future job seekers will need to be literate in technology in order to be competitive in the future job market. Not knowing how to code will be comparable to not knowing how to read. Most jobs require the knowledge of basic IT skills, while even retail and fast food jobs require the use of technology and computers. Coding specialists are well-paid and highly sought-after in the current market, and opportunities for these skilled employees will expand in the future.
Not just money and work
Computer programming forces one to think in a logical manner to get the program working as computers are just machines with no intelligence whatsoever unless we program the logic into them.
1. Become smarter — think differently
It’s been shown that learning to code can help you do better in other subjects that you’re studying or learning. Within programming, you learn how to break down a problem into individual steps and to use a language that the computer understands to logically create a working program.
In doing so, you develop a certain mindset on approaching problems and processing large amounts of information that is necessary with conquering any new topic. In other words, you learn to look at problems from a bigger picture and adapt to working through the frustrations of hitting brick walls to solve issues.
2. Make a positive impact on your career
3. Enhance your social life
Learning to code affects your social life positively, as it can provide an outlet for you to interact with the rest of the world, as well as those close to you. You develop the ability to make applications and websites for things you care about and want to share.
You become armed with the tools to create a platform for which people who share your interests or beliefs can all get together, whether it’s based on a product, service, or idea.
The flexibility with learning to code also breaks down the boundaries of having to work a strict office schedule. There are many people who become successful freelancers and travel the world — all the while working from their laptops.
4. Bring your ideas to life
All of us have ideas on how to make life improvements — whether it’s within our personal lives, our work environment, or from a global standpoint. More often than not, we lack the technological tools to accurately transform those ideas into a tangible project that can be executed.
Learning to code provides us with the ability to personally develop the projects that will match our vision, without having it lost in translation as we communicate it to another developer.
A lot of our ideas are wild dreams that aren’t acted upon because we don’t understand the limitations or capabilities of the tools available to us. Understanding how to build a website or develop a program goes a long way towards achieving those dreams.
5. Become more self confident
One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that you accomplished something great or that you have the ability to execute something really complex. Learning to code gives you that excitement and empowerment!
You gain a lot of satisfaction knowing you no longer have to rely on static cookie-cutter/copy-paste templates when you want to create a website to sell a product or service. Or, that you no longer have to wait on someone else to develop a program to help improve your workflow at your job.
You develop more confidence in using your computer and interacting with the internet, as you understand how it works and how it all comes together behind the scenes. Ultimately, your self-confidence rises as your ability to tackle any technological issues becomes that of the superhero level.
Why is now the best time to become a developer?
- The average junior web developer salary in the United States is $60,316 (41,16,868.58 Indian Rupees) per year and Senior web developers earn $116,529 (79,53,686.90 Indian Rupees) on average (Glassdoor Salaries Report, 2018)
- A study from Course Report on coding bootcamps that prepared students to change careers into website design and development found that: “The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment.”
- 73% of graduates surveyed report being employed in a full-time job requiring the skills learned at boot camp, with an average salary increase of 64% ( eLearning platform CareerFoundry’s student placement rate is 96%.) (CourseReport 2017)
- Full stack web developers are amongst the top 10 happiest jobs. (Forbes)
Here’s a quick overview for companies with highest paying salary for software developers:
- eBay $113,549
- Oracle $116,514
- Microsoft $116,967
- Intel $117,643
- Amazon $118,121
- Yahoo $125,366
- Apple $138,300
- Google $164,683
- LinkedIn $170,839
- Facebook $177,014