There are many misconceptions and myths about programming. A lot of people see it as a job only for the very talented and intelligent. A career path only for geeks, or for the mathematically inclined, and a job not tolerant of mistakes. Because of these myths and misconceptions, a lot of people are unsure to take programming or coding as a career.
A) You need to be excellent in maths to learn programming
A lot of People think that there is a direct relationship between mathematics and programming. As a programmer, you need to spend a lot of time writing codes and not maths formulas. Maths is not directly related to programming. But you need to know the basics of algebra. You will also need strong program solving skills. Game development is one area that does require additional knowledge, such as trigonometry and physics. But even in the development of games, there are plugins and libraries you can use to figure out these mathematical problems.
B) Coding is very boring
Coding is actually very interesting. It may be a little challenging but it’s not boring. Technology is everywhere and where there is technology, there is coding. Coding is not just about creating websites. It is all about developing the computer technologies. These technologies can be found in ships, video games, medical devices and equipment, and space exploration. Coding is all about creativity. It is about building something that can be helpful in various streams. Learning to code allows you to dive into almost any kind of industry that interests you. So coding can never be boring.
C) If you are old then you can not learn programming
My parents always said that after certain age its difficult to learn. Now that’s not exactly true. If you have the will to learn then you can learn anything at any age. And remember there is no such thing as too old when it comes to learning. Coding is a field that is rising in demand. There are many coding boot camps and free resources online that are teaching people of all ages how to code. There are many students who have little to no coding experience, but by putting in the required work, they are finding success in the classroom and in a career in web technology. Technology keeps evolving so you need to keep learning in this field continuously.
D) Once you master a language it’s done.
Well, this is completely untrue. Coding is always evolving and when you feel you have mastered a language, you will find tons of new things that you will need to learn. And then you will have to relearn things you learned before because they have been updated. Learning never stops. Things keep getting updated and some end up getting obsolete.
E) Learn the best language that suits your needs
Many developers claim that one language is better than the other, but that’s false. Every language serves a specific purpose and works a little differently. Some languages are easier to work with and more suited for certain tasks than others. But sometimes it’s just a personal preference.
F) You need to go to university to learn
Maybe to learn Kungfu you need to join an academy but for programming, you don’t. Obtaining a degree from a university is a good thing. But there are so many resources online like learning websites and apps like programming hub. The programming hub app can teach you programming when you are at home or maybe when traveling. Coding boot camps, like Code Institute, are an efficient way to learn to code. Involving yourself in the focused and fun environment of a Bootcamp will allow you to learn how to code in a matter of weeks and not years.
G) You must be a genius
You don’t need to have an IQ 160 or 90. Now anybody can program easily if you don’t mind failing repeatedly and learning from your mistakes. This is how programmers learn. Now to make it more simple anyone who knows to communicate can learn to programme. Because deep in its core, programming is a “language” with its own grammar & vocabulary, and its existence is mainly to help you communicate with machines to complete tasks.
I hope that this post has brought some light to some of the programming myths. If you feel we have left out something then name them in the comments section below.