Why programming is becoming fundamental

So we all tend to throw the word ‘hacking’ around, pretending to know what it is or how it’s even done. How much do we know about it, though? Well, hacking is a  popular example of technology being misused. While hacking isn’t always done with malicious intent, most times it is, resulting in news headlines everywhere.

Let’s consider for a second, the possibilities of everything we can do if we put our home technology to good use, and that’s with programming. Most people don’t really understand how the computer works internally, and this is one of the greatest tragedies of our generation. If everyone actually knew how to develop things using a computer, we could have been virtually 50 years ahead in terms of technology. Contrary to what people seem to think, programming isn’t hard. Everything you need to begin programming is just a click away, and depending on which language you choose to learn, you can download the respective resources. One of the most popular technologies developed is the Raspberry Pi. It’s essentially a low-cost computer that can be programmed to do virtually anything. They develop single board computers to promote computer science education, and from what I’ve seen you can get one for yourself to program, too. Click here to go to their website: https://www.raspberrypi.org

In time, things change, and rightly so. 50 years ago, meaningful education meant learning traditional subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math and you can throw in a foreign language. In the present day, meaningful education is gravitating to the use of computers effectively. Computers are everywhere, and learning to automate them to do what you want can make you resourceful. As the application of the computer in our daily lives begins to expand, companies and individuals are constantly looking for people to utilize the true powers of computers to boost their business. People in positions of power are greatly advocating the youth to learn Computer Sciences. When people like Mr Obama say that, you best take that advice. The POTUS doesn’t joke around.

From an economic standpoint, according to readwrite.com, “The number of coding jobs is only expected to increase over time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 913,000 computer programmer jobs in 2010. That number is expected to jump 30% from 2010 to 2020. Meanwhile, the average growth of all other U.S. jobs is predicted to be just 14%.” The technology industry is expanding at the fastest rate we’ve ever seen because businesses are realizing the hidden potential in the correct use of computers.Computer programmers are in short supply. The sudden jump of the industry in the last several years has left a gaping hole in the quantity of available programmers and required programmers, and seeing by our last few years of data, computer scientists will continue to be in great demand. The average salary for a programmer is $77,550. For those of you who are quite bad at math, 77,000 dollars is a lot of money.

See, I’m not asking you to make the next Facebook, or even to make a daunting application. All I’m saying is that knowing what really goes on behind the metal curtains of your electronics can pay off in the long run whether or not you’re involved in a job that requires you to have this information. Being able to manipulate technology to your liking will definitely take your business to the next level.

Programming in its primitive form is just data interacting with each other, and you choose how all this plays together in order to achieve what you want. You can design a simple calculator, a clock, or even a game. Even if you don’t plan to take computer science as a career, just the basics of the subject can train you to think ‘algorithmically’. Such skill sets look great on a portfolio, but even better when you can use them to help you in daily life. Personally, I think computers have been our greatest discovery since agriculture. But meh, maybe I’m a little biased.

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