Reasons why everyone should learn to code

Computers and smartphones are part of everyday life. Learning the basics behind this technology could be a life-changing decision. Photo: Wikipdia

HARRISBURG, Pa., November 21, 2013 — For the older generation, keeping up with technology can be a full time job. The latest tech gadgets come out daily and to understand them is challenging. For the younger generation, it seems like they were born with a cell phone in their hands and when something new comes out, they know exactly where to touch the device with their eyes closed. 

But it’s what’s behind this technology that can benefit people to learn. Understanding the source code that goes along with software, websites, and games can lead to a new outlook on technology, and an enriching new experience in life. 

Teaches You to Think

 When a person starts to learn code, there are many languages to consider, such as HTML and CSS. Even learning just one of these codes can take a considerable amount of time. The first step is to figure out which language would be most beneficial for the time being. This includes what can be done with it, the keywords associated, and the training required. This could take considerable work for those who are new to the field. 

The next step is to problem-solve. In order to code, a user has to have the ability to think about the problem in small steps, and then quantify it into larger problems to escalate the code and make the computer seem really smart, when in fact the coder is the smart one! This is where coding teaches a person to think. 

Build a Game

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For the young (and the old) kids out there, the computer games that power imagination and relieve the daily stresses from the world aren’t that far away from coding. Many games require code-thinking skills. Also when people learn to code, they can create their own games. It’s a great motivation to learn this skill and it makes it a fun and rewarding experience. 

Make Money

Not only does coding expand a person’s thinking skills. It also can be a great source of income. A person can list his or her game or app on one of the many app stores for free or at a low price. It is now easier than ever to create a website only knowing the basics of code as well as being able to sell advertising space or other products. 

Some of the most powerful and rich men and women in the world are from the tech community. Think of Bill Gates from Microsoft, Larry Page from Google, and Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook. It all starts with knowing source code.

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Understand Software 

Back in the 1980s, when computers were first becoming available to the average person, the distance between the programming techniques and users was almost non-existent. As computers became more and more user friendly, our basic user didn’t show as much interest in how they worked and was content simply to followed the instructions on the screen or in the printed manual that came with most products.

But that’s a problem. If users understand how the background of the computer works, they will be able to maximize the utility and power the Internet has to offer. People can learn this by themselves or they can attend one of the few online schools that teach it. But having some grasp of coding can immeasurably enhance a user’s experience with any software product, package, or app. In addition, such knowledge can prove useful in troubleshooting inevitable hardware and software problems when they occur. 

Taking small steps and learning to code can make a big difference in computing, no matter what device is involved. As technology continues to advance, individuals can benefit in many ways by learning this new way of thinking. 


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Katie Elizabeth

Katie Elizabeth is a freelance blogger, content coordinator and communications grad student. She’s always on the lookout for the latest and greatest social media and tech tactics and thinking about the creative ways in which professionals can actually USE them. 

She’s worked in several different industries, including real estate, sustainability and career development. When she’s not writing or studying, she’s probably on her way to a concert or exploring flea markets and antique stores.


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