21 October 2017 0 Comments Posted By : Administrator

4 Essential Questions for Those New to Coding and Software Development

The pressing need for more coders, software developers and tech-savvy individuals in the workforce is well-documented. As more and more jobs push the need for technical knowledge, the public at large is scrambling to snag those roles in pursuit of a well-paying, long-term career in an ever-growing field.

That said, breaking into the space can be daunting for total newbies. The cliche advice of “just learn to code” doesn’t do many favors to those who have no idea where to start or what’s actually involved in the process of learning a programming language.

Before leaping head-first into the world of software development, it’s crucial to ask yourself a few questions to help guide your path and keep yourself from getting overwhelmed with all of the resources out there at your disposal.

But which four questions are we talking about?

Which Type of Developer Do You Want to Be?

Many new developers fail simply because they lack any sense of guidance or focus. Until you hone in on a specific type of development or programming language, it’ll be nearly impossible to start learning.

Although you can always change your focus over time, three distinct types of developers include...

  • Front-end: for those who want to craft websites and forward-facing applications, the basics of HTML, CSS and Javascript are a solid starting point
  • Back-end: Java and Python are the bread and butter of “behind the scenes” builders of web-based apps
  • Mobile: given the explosion of software for users on-the-go, learning the various types of programming languages for mobile app development makes sense for career-driven coders

 How Patient Are You?

Just like any skill, learning to code takes time and practice. Reaching your desired level of mastery could take anywhere between a few months to a couple of years depending on your background and level of commitment. There might be some roadblocks and rough learning curves along the way, but think about: if learning the ropes of programming was so easy, everyone would be doing it.

Think of the process as an investment in yourself. The more time and energy you commit to learning, the more enrichment and earning potential you gain as a direct result of your hard work.

Are You Afraid of Math?

Perhaps one of the biggest barriers to entry for new developers is the fear that they don’t have the technical know-how to become coders. Specifically, newbies often have a massive fear of math.

However, you shouldn’t be afraid of math if you’re looking to code. While a math or science background is certainly helpful, there are rarely scenarios where you’re going to have to pull out your Calculus knowledge from high school in order to solve a problem.

Feeling comfortable around numbers will certainly be a plus-side for new coders, but it’s not the end-all, be-all of your learning experience: a little digging and Googling can go a long way toward solving tough software solutions.

Do You Have Discipline?

There are tons of free resources out there such as CodeAcademy and Khan Academy which can teach you C++, Python and everything in-between via self-guided video courses. As long as you have the drive and discipline to actually participate in lessons in your free time, you have everything at your fingertips to develop into a skilled coder.

Of course, becoming a professional programmer requires real-world practice and application of what you’ve learned if you don’t want your lessons to go in one ear and go out the other. Not to sound like a broken record, but practice makes perfect.

Don’t assume that learning code or becoming a developer in your free time is beyond your reach. Instead, use these four questions to guide you on your journey so you can get started sooner rather than later.

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