Everyone's had that moment, staring at that blank document thinking, "I'm going to make an awesome website that has millions of views every day!" or, "maybe I'll make a new video game that's going to become the next best seller!" Your fingers start to move to the keyboard, excited, and then… you remember that you don't really know how to code. But it can't be that hard, right? You quickly search up some videos and learn some basic HTML. Now you're ready. You jump back and work for hours on end on your new website. When you finally finish, you compare it with others on Google and … well, it doesn't exactly look like it did in your head.
Unfortunately, that's the hard truth. Coding isn't easy. The first time you step on to a basketball court, you don't hit all your shots. The first time you sit by a piano… well, it doesn't always sound that great. It’s the same with coding. It takes a commitment to truly learn how different languages work. But those that do take the time and effort to truly understand the fundamentals of programming can make some incredible things.
The process of learning does take some time, just as it does with anything else. It will probably take at least a couple of weeks to make a decent website, and then a year to make a great one. More often than not, everything we do and use in today's world has some connection to programming. That's why we see more and more students get started learning the basics earlier and earlier. Despite the initial challenge of learning how to code, it truly is worth it.
Here are 4 reasons to start programming young.
2) Programming improves problem-solving
We have all seen that scene in a movie where a person types an incredibly long string of code into a computer, or even just right clicked and page sourced a website. Programs for machines nowadays need to solve for anything and everything, which means they are complex. The people who create these programs have to go through a great deal of forethought and development. They have to break down broad concepts into smaller, more doable pieces and systematically tackle the problems as they come. This process is, by definition, problem-solving. Doing this with much easier ideas at a younger age will make problem-solving much easier in the future. "Analysis of pretest and posttest results indicated that students who had successfully completed all computer programming course requirements experienced significant improvement in their overall problem skills(Journal of Computer Assisted Learning)." This statement proves that programming courses at any age, specifically when young, greatly help one's problem-solving abilities.
At the end of the day, the faster you start, the easier it is. Our world is developing faster and faster, and access to programming is becoming easier and easier. It is now up to us all to just grasp the multitude or opportunities around us and start to learn the language of the future, coding.
Blog Director: Kevin Raphael