Code Code Code… everywhere I look there is code, everyone talks about developers and code (gross over generalization? maybe, maybe not) and why shouldn’t they? We are living in a world that is highly dependent on technology and I don’t even know what we will do without it.
Butttt this is not going to be a sob story about how we are overly reliant on technology but rather how to OWN it!
Where should I start? Hmm why you should learn how to code? Who should learn how to code? What is code? Where can you learn it? Perhaps a good starting point is to talk about Why Learn To Code.
” You have to obey the forces you want to command.” – Francis Bacon
In the recent past, I personally have observed a rather funny trend, whereby people think that learning to code is going to ensure that they earn bajillions and while the job market Gods have been smiling benevolently on developers, knowing how to code doesn’t necessarily ensure that you will have eleventy gajillion dollars in your bank anytime soon.
So why code?
Because it has the power to change the world. Please. Please. Please. I understand that job security is important. Oh boy do I ever understand! but do things that can actually empower other people because at the end of the day your revolutionary app or product or piece of code is going to be, in one form or another, used by real human beings. Shocker, I know.
Steve Jobs once said, “I think everyone in this country should learn to program a computer. Everyone should learn a computer language because it teaches you how to think. I think of computer science as a liberal art.”
Learn to code because you can make cool shit with it. Cool shit that others will use. Cool shit that will give you a better understanding of the world and what makes technology so potent. Cool shit that people will be thankful for.
It is not the code that will change the world. It is your zest for knowledge and want to solve problems that will.
So go forth. Think out of the box, aim to solve real world issues and learn how to code.
P.S: You can also learn to code to start a business, for personal projects, for better career prospects and to be a part of the world at large.
The next post will be about resources you can use to try your hand at code and to find out if it is for you. If there is something in particular you’d like to know about coding leave a comment or email me at roastedkeyboard at gmail dot com.
Credits: Thank you Taimoor and Pouyan for reading and editing this!