Coding Myths: Debunking age-old beliefs around Programming

Coding Myths
Debunking coding myths

The world of coding and programming has been around for years. Ever since the first high-level programming language, Short Code, was implemented in 1949, the world has well and truly realised the power that lies within a single line of code. 

The top dogs in tech are always looking to hire the best coders around. Programming has become more than just a hobby for techies, it is now a way of life, and a livelihood. In the midst of all that is programming, we took the time to collect a few coding myths- practices and beliefs about programming that is more speculative than truth. Do you want to get better at coding?

Read on, it’s time to debunk some of those myths.

One for the beginners: Coding is only for people with heightened intellect

Oh, this one has been going around for ages, now! It is so well-believed, that all high scorers in school or entrance exams opt for a computer science degree in college, even when their interests lie elsewhere. You wouldn’t call that being intelligent, would you?

Coding involves passion, hard work and intelligence. Anyone who can put efforts in it can code. All it takes to get started is a nudge in the right direction, whether it be from Teachers, Online Courses, or the Internet. 

Knowledge of Mathematics is required to code

Okay, this one’s tricky. Programmers spend most of their time writing lines of code and not the math formulae that they’re expected to remember from college-level statistics or mathematics class. Sure, a basic knowledge of algebra and other math concepts helps, but it is by no means a must for a coder to be a math pro.

These days, there are millions of libraries and scripts available for you to integrate mathematical concepts into your code. Don’t worry about the MATH!

Coding is done alone

Coding is really about building things that will be used by people, so in the end, it really is all about being social. In the world today, people are not coding or programming alone, they are working on teams, collaborating together to build awesome things. That is why we have to build Code Central based on the values of collaboration and community. Learning to work together with others is one of life’s most important skills, and coding offers the opportunity to do just that.

I’ve mastered one language, I don’t need to learn anything else

False again! The world of coding and programming is continuously evolving, fortunately. Where would we be if there was no freshness in the world of programming! When you supposedly master a language, you will find that there are so many more things that you can learn about it. Moreover, languages are constantly updated with new libraries and functionalities. The learning never stops!

Learning more than one language is also beneficial for a variety of reasons. As mentioned before, different types of projects are best created with certain programming languages. Therefore, if you are involved in the world of web development, don’t think that your learning process is over after mastering Java! Python, Ruby and so many other languages can help you perform tasks much quicker and better than what Java can.

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So, fellow coders, we hope you have learned a variety of new things today! Coding is one thing that we all love and debunking these myths was necessary to keep the world of game of coding strong and healthy.
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