Why I love… Coding
Date: 24 June 2022
Non-developers and programmers often don’t understand why developers enjoy sitting with their heads in a black terminal screen (because we love dark mode) typing out a bunch of weird symbols for hours on end, hoping to not have to interact with anyone else.
Well, I imagine the reasons are probably different for each developer, but here is why I love coding.
What Do I Love About Code?
I think the thing I love about coding is how writing code produces an output. When I was at school, my favourite subjects were technology doing woodwork, electronics and pneumatics, where you do something and you create something at the end of the process. So while I’m not using saws, soldering irons and drills anymore, writing code has that same visual output at the end that I love (to me at least).
How To Get Into Coding
While I did a degree where I learnt a lot of the skills that I still use today, it’s not the only route in learning to code. I’ve worked with people who are completely self-taught and not having a degree hasn’t set them back in regards to the skills they have.
There are plenty of free and paid courses out there for every programming language you can think of, so pick one and stick at it until you think you have a good understanding of it. Chopping and changing between different languages when you are first starting can get confusing, so focus on one area.
I find the best way to learn is by doing, so once you have learnt the basics, start building your own website with whichever language you have learnt and go from there. You’ll run into roadblocks along the way, but use StackOverflow and Google and see if other people have had similar issues. I still use Google every day to help me even after doing this for 15 years.
Even when you do hit roadblocks, there’s always a solution to figure out. It may be challenging at times, but the output of a well created website is worth it in the end.
And that’s why I love coding.
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