What can you do with coding?
As we rely more and more on computers in our daily lives, the importance of computer programming and coding is growing.
In the next few years, computer programming will be present in almost every field, and if you can code, it will definitely have a positive impact on your career. You can use your programming skills in areas such as copywriting, analysis, management, engineering, and software development, just to name a few.
Programming advocates now fully consider coding as a basic skill alongside writing, reading and performing simple mathematical operations.
Here are a few amazing things you can do with programming:
We use our phones in more and more situations, you can now pay with your phone instead of a credit card, plan a cycling route and measure your performance, control smartwatches from your phone, order food, and so on. All of this requires mobile apps, and if you can program, you can develop a mobile app to implement any cool idea.
It’s true that to develop desktop apps you need to have some serious programming skills in programming languages like C++, C# or Java, but it’s not impossible to do, since even the people who developed Microsoft Word or Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator) had to start somewhere.
Are you interested in games? Do you want to be part of the development of a great game, and not just play with it? With programming skills, this is possible. If you can program at a high level in C++, for example, you can be part of a game development team.
Building and managing databases
Small databases can be managed without any programming skills. However, different functions are used even in an Excel spreadsheet if one wants to extract information more efficiently. But for building, maintaining and using a larger database, some knowledge of programming languages such as PHP or SQL is very useful, or in some cases essential.
There might be tasks in your work or everyday life that you do over and over again, and it would make your life much easier if they automatically “did themselves”.
These tasks might include sending emails, posting on social media, or even turning the heating on or off based on the weather forecast.
If you know a bit of programming, you can automate all these things.
Programming skills can help you take statistical analysis to a professional level. With knowledge of Python or R, you can enhance any research or analysis with fantastic statistics.
System Administrators (sysadmins, sometimes capitalized as SysAdmins) are responsible for the operation, maintenance and reliable functioning of the servers. Their duties include installing and supporting systems, dealing with downtime and other problems. The job usually involves some programming: writing programs (scripts) that automate regular, repetitive tasks.
A DevOps engineer (sometimes spelt devops) plays a transitional role between the hardware tasks of an administrator and the software tasks of a developer. They can be developers involved in the installation, testing and operation of the infrastructure and the support of the users, or system administrators who are more confident in programming, reviewing, updating and upgrading the code.
Data science is a complex discipline that combines mathematics, statistics, machine learning, programming skills, presentation skills and expertise in a specific area of research. It is about developing models to make predictions based on the information derived from the data.
Artificial Intelligence Development
Artificial intelligence is the field of science that seeks to research and develop machines capable of making autonomous decisions based on large amounts of data. It does this by using machine learning methods.
AI controls self-driving cars (e.g. Tesla Autopilot), robots that can sense their environment (e.g. Boston Dynamics robots) and digital assistants that can recognize the voice and interpret speech, such as Siri or Alexa.
Art and programming
You might not think so, but artistic ambition and coding can go hand in hand. If you’re interested in generative art and coding art, get inspired by the articles below:
Students of engineering (electrical, mechanical, transport, mechatronics, etc.) are now also studying programming, and you can benefit from being able to program if you choose engineering as your field of study.
Scientific Research and Programming
Scientific research often involves the analysis and modelling of large amounts of data, which requires the use of certain programming languages. If you are interested in the natural sciences, it may be a good idea to complement your studies with programming.
At the borders of the humanities – programming and the humanities
You might think that programming and humanities are very far apart, but they are not – there are many points of convergence and common ground. Some examples are language technology (automatic translation, speech recognition, spell checking), literary text databases, searchable databases of historical documents, corpora containing millions of words for linguistic, social, ethnographic, or other research.
If you’re interested in any of these and want to do them for a living, then learning the basics of programming is definitely an important skill for you.
If you’re interested in the different professions within the field of IT, read our article “Is there a difference between a programmer and a software developer?“, where we look at the most popular IT professions and what each one does and what they use their programming skills for.
What can you do with coding if you don’t work as a programmer?
If you have some programming skills, you can put them to good use in many ways, even if you don’t want to pursue a career in programming. For example, statistical analysis for a thesis research project can be made much easier if you know a few programming tricks.
Anyone can also benefit from being able to put together a nice website, either for themselves or for others, say about a business, hobby project, band or whatever.
If you can handle large amounts of data easily using Python, for example, or if you are a database expert with knowledge of SQL, that could come in handy in any administrative field.
If you’re interested in graphics, web design, or similar creative fields, you’ll definitely benefit from knowing a bit about the technical background and how what you’ve designed will be displayed and put into motion. If you can do that yourself, even better!
Skill Development Through Programming
Learning to program is not just about learning to program. You can also develop other important skills, such as analytical thinking, problem-solving, planning, precision and perseverance.
When you work with others on a project, you will learn to collaborate and develop your communication skills. If you are developing a complex piece of software or computer program, you will need to document your work as accurately as possible, in addition to careful planning, and these are skills that can be applied to many areas of life.
Learning to program is not simply a matter of putting words on the screen in a certain order, but also of completely changing the way you think. Through problem-solving, you also develop your creativity and perseverance. And that is a valuable skill in any field in the modern world.
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We explored many aspects of the exciting topics of learning programming, programming languages and coding in general. If you find this area interesting, check out more articles on the CodeBerry blog.
We have written a complete series for those just starting out in programming, called Basics of Programming.
If you’re interested in why there are so many different programming languages, what they do and how they differ, read our series of articles on Programming Languages, and if you’re interested in what people do with their programming skills, read our Student Stories for inspiration.
If you’d like to see more programming tutorials, check out our Youtube channel, where we have plenty of programming video tutorials in English.
In CodeBerry Programming School’s “Basics of Programming” series, we discuss programming-related topics and everything you need to know to get started. Stay tuned for new articles and find the answer to every “what”, “why”, and “how”, you may have had about coding!
Basics of Programming
- Basics of Programming
- A Brief Introduction to Programming
- Why You Should Learn Programming
- How much can you make as a programmer?
- How to learn to code?
- Which programming language is good for you?
- How Long It Takes to Learn to Code
- How to find the right beginner programming course for you?
- 5 best backend technologies in 2021: which one to choose?
- What is object-oriented programming?
- What to learn next?
- Is coding hard?
- What is coding used for?
- What can you do with coding?
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