There are billions of tutorials online that swears to teach you coding within just a couple weeks/months. If you search on Google, there are millions of search results!
So, what do you get by learning to code? Well, the trainers will tell you about high profile jobs with million dollar salary. They’ll point towards Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey etc. Of course, these are successful people in their own fields. However, how much of the motivation is applicable for you?
Let’s break things down and see how difficult learning coding really is.
Learning Code Is EASY!?!?!?
This is, by far, the biggest LIE you’re fed all the time. Learning code is easy! You can master Java, C++, C#, Kotlin, Python, HTML, CSS, and EVERYTHING ELSE within a couple of months! All you have to do is join our summer coding camp.
Learning coding is HARD. Period.
Zuckerberg isn’t who he is now just because he participated in a 12-week coding Bootcamp. Linus Torvalds didn’t learn to design the Linux kernel because he swallowed all the coding courses on the internet. Jack Dorsey didn’t take his company to IPO just because he learned coding HTML during his summer break.
Learning to program and code is a skill, just like any other skill you can think of (driving a car, swimming, headshot every enemy in CS:GO etc.). So, it will take time and effort to get a grasp of the new skill. In the case of coding, the learning curve is a tough one. You need to put enough effort and time in understanding the concepts, their application, and practical benefits.
Another painful thing in the learning process is, the programming courses start simple: you just print the line “Hello World” on the screen. The next step? Writing Linux kernel or, developing Facebook; from scratch!
Some will say that coding is only for geniuses.
Learning code isn’t for geniuses either. By following the right path with patience and vigor, it’s possible to learn programming for anyone. Granted, the required time will vary from person to person.
Another problematic thing beginners think is choosing the right programming language. There’s no RIGHT programming language! Each of the programming languages that exist today is used in different fields, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. No one language is suitable for all purposes.
The Right Way to Learn Coding
Before you jump right into programming, it’s important to choose your target platform. Do you want to work on the web platform (developing websites, database), or the desktop (office apps, games, and others)? Research yourself to figure out which one you think is the most suitable for you.
Then, it’s time to follow the path to grasp all the coding concepts.
- First, it’s important to have a solid grasp of the basic concepts. Follow a solid tutorial that teaches the basic ones like Data types, Variables, Arrays, Conditionals, Loop, Functions, and others.
- Learn the concepts behind those coding. Use the same concept in different ways. Try to understand how they’re working in action.
- Ramp up the difficulty. Find a tutorial with more advanced concepts like Objects, Classes, Delegates, Optionals, and Interface etc.
- Rinse and repeat.
In today’s world, it’s easy to learn to program. There are plenty of free learning materials you can find all over the internet. There are also some amazing paid courses that break down various programming concepts into the easiest possible manner so that it’s easy for you to digest.
If you’re willing to learn coding, then be aware that it’s a difficult path. You, most likely, will not become the next Zuckerberg or Linus Torvalds. Yet, you can become a good programmer and earn a thousand bucks on a regular basis (depending on your skill level).
Should you learn programming? If you find programming and coding interesting, then YES. Programming jobs are some of the top-paying careers one can pursue. But if your mind gets disgusted seeing lines of codes, then you should stop.
Bear the truth in mind and March forward. Success will be within your grasp.