Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Coding: A pathway to a life of fun and prosperity

·         Coding makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites.
·         Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website are all created with code.
·         Here’s a simple example of code, written in the Python language: print 'Hello, world!' Many coding tutorials use this command as their very first example, because it’s one of the simplest examples of code you can have – it ‘prints’ (displays) the text ‘Hello, world!’ onto the screen.

·         Hand-craft your own websites
·         Become a career coder
·         Start a technology business; and
·         Understand the technology shaping your world.

Create Your Own Website
·         The world has changed so much since 1991, when the World Wide Web first began.
·         The web has taken over our lives and it shows no sign of stopping.
·         A website is a very valuable thing to have these days.  Perhaps in another 10 years every person will have their own website.
·         If you own a business, a web presence is a must.
·         If you don’t own a business, you may want a personal blog or portfolio site to sell your skills to prospective employers.
·         Your ability to create and maintain a website is severely limited unless you learn HTML and CSS code, the code that all websites run on.

Becoming a Career Coder
·         The computer programmer is quite possibly one of the most underrated professions
·         The demand for coders far exceeds the supply, so you’ll have no troubles finding a job. In fact, the coder career is projected to grow at a rate of 30% between 2010 and 2020. That’s twice as fast as most other careers.
·         The world is practically crying out for more coders
·         The pay is quite attractive.  For instance, Google and Facebook employees are paid a base salary of  $125K.

Start a Business
·         Want to create the next Facebook but are a bit short on cash?  No problem!  Learn to code and build the product yourself
·         Many entrepreneurs are choosing this path. They’ve started off with virtually no coding knowledge and have gone on to build their own small software businesses. For example, Nick D’Aloisio famously sold his iPhone app, Summly, to Yahoo! for $30m.
·         Some of these types of businesses can be started:
o   selling software; 
o   selling mobile apps;
o   e-commerce;
o   selling your coding time.

·         Do You have a product idea? Learn code! You’ll not only be able to develop your product, but also know the source code of your software inside out.

Understand How Computers Work
·         This is probably the biggest benefit of all,
·         Have you been using the Internet, mobile phones, computers and software in your daily life? Learn code and fully understand how these technologies work.

·          Try out Treehouse; please click here.  (At Treehouse you learn web design, coding & much more. You can try it for free for 7 days, then pay $25/month thereafter. Treehouse's mission is to bring technology education to those who can't get it, and is committed to helping its students find jobs).
·          Learn to code interactively for free at codecademy; please click here.
·          Watch a video (4 min, 40 secs) of how a 12 year old taught himself how to build iphone apps; please click here.


Posted by: Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi

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