If you want to make coding your future, you better read up on these five truths that every code newbie needs to know.
#1 THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF CODING LANGUAGES AND EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER. SO WHICH DO YOU PICK AND WHY?
There are thousands of programming languages and new ones are created every year. Like human languages, programming languages boil down to different ways to express ideas and actions.
Essentially, programming languages are broken down into two types: Imperative languages where you instruct the computer how to do a task, and declarative languages where you tell the computer what to do. How do these languages differ? A few factors – speed (some run faster), ease of writing (some are easier to write), and style (some people just prefer one above the other). In fact, professional programmers may use dozens on languages – just like how you can speak English and another language at the same time, sometimes mixing them all together in a sentence.
The rule of the thumb? There is no best language to use or to learn. The most important factor is to use the one you like best.
#2 CODING JOBS ARE SUPER IN DEMAND – THAT’S A BONUS FOR YOU!
Coding is becoming the most in-demand skill across industries. Aside from technology, there is an increase number of businesses relying on computer codes – you could very easily work in a tech company, a hospital, a bank – the list really goes on. In fact, recent job searches show that half of all coding jobs are actually in industries outside of technology like finance, manufacturing and healthcare.
What does this mean for you as a coding newbie? You’re definitely on the right track for a bright future!
#3 CODING CAN BE EASY – IF YOU SET YOUR MIND TO IT!
Here’s the thing – anyone can learn to code if they are motivated to do so. You just need to find the structure or even teach yourself with the free resources online. But if you are really serious about it as a job, then a course study on coding like the ones offered in UNIMY is the way to go to ensure you cover all bases.
The best thing about coding is that it doesn't matter if you’re male or female, 16 or 60, an artist or scientist – anyone can learn to code! All you need to do is find the right programme, learn from industry experts, and hang out with like-minded individuals so that you can motivate one another to go further.
#4 ALL RIGHT, I THINK I GOT THE LANGUAGES PART. DO I NEED OTHER SKILLS TO KNOW HOW TO CODE?
Essentially, coding is all about problem solving – how to get something to work the way you want it to. Now we all know that problem solving takes time, dedication, passion and motivation – which really are the skills you need when you want to start coding!
Coders are an intense bunch – they spend time dissecting an issue, try different methods to see which work best, and then sometimes, they scrap the whole thing and do it all over again. It is all about making one thing better than it was before. Plus, there’s the whole concept of logic as well as thinking out of the box for you to see the problem from a different perspective.
Sounds like something you can hack? Then welcome onboard!
#5 SIGN ME UP! WHAT CODING COURSES ARE AVAILABLE AT UNIMY?
As a digital-focused university, coding is the fundamentals of all UNIMY courses. We believe that all our students should have some basic understanding in coding to help them become better IT professionals. And if you want to go further, there are courses and certifications available to help you explore this segment even more.
Pick an area you want to explore in IT – UNIMY has it covered from cyber security to game development. In each programme, we have coding courses (for example, Game Programming I for our Diploma in Computer Science Game Development) to help you hone basic coding skills and then later on, more key courses to further develop them.
For more info, check out www.unimy.edu.my.