Programming might seem harder than it is. Especially, if you’re a beginner who is just starting out.
If you’re new and have seen the first block of code, then programming might appear repelling to you. Those characters don’t look interesting at all. They’re enough to scare off a kindergarten child.
To be honest, programming itself looks quite an overwhelming concept at first.
If you’ve got familiar with some basic keywords, syntax and the working of directories then you’re less prone to the fear of code, as you’ve already learned that programming, after all, isn’t as bad as you thought it would be.
Otherwise programming will look boring and unattractive to you.
Sure you’ve escaped that stage when you couldn’t stand the sight of a screen overflowing with code. Yet, even after programming thousands of lines of code, you’ll feel less confident and still shun programming.
Your initial attitude might be due to fear or your lack of interest in programming. That ticklish feeling never goes away, It stays within you. However, the good thing is that you get used to it when you keep practicing and become capable of dealing with it.
This is why programming seems hard
When you step in the world of computer science, you’re both curious and fearful. You enter a world which is yet unexplored by you.
You know less about how you’ll deal with what you’re being taught as those new subjects remind you of your weaknesses.
You feel left out while all others are quite sure about what they’re doing. Soon, you begin to think of yourself as a non-programming kind of person.
“Maybe programming isn’t for me,” you say to yourself and begin to lose your enthusiasm. That’s when you might be actually underestimating your potential.
There aren’t any born programmers. They’re made — after practice and consistency.
In college, you’re still at that stage where programming is a new concept to you. It’s up to you to love it or hate it, but it’s too soon for you to decide whether you’re fit for a programming career or not.
So what should you do?
Here’s a comforting truth – programming isn’t as hard as you might think.
All the masters whom you have seen turn into great programmers are the ones who kept alive their spark and slowly tried to discover and learn new things they didn’t knew about.
Perhaps, you’ll suck in the beginning. You’ll even fall behind and feel like a faker who isn’t sure about what he’s doing – that’s normal. Everyone feels the same. However, don’t let these temporary feelings decide whether you should choose a programming based career or not.
You shouldn’t expect yourself to perform miracles after a couple of months as the whole process takes time. Yet, it slowly affects you. You become a better programmer – each day as you practice more.
Your insecurities fade away as you get better and then your come to know suddenly that “Hey! I’m not that bad either.”
You set out yourself towards becoming a better programmer each time you put effort towards being one instead of running away from programming.
Similarly, apart from the various insecurities and fears which can prevent you from learning programming, there are certain myths which are widespread among beginners.
Not only these myths can stop you from learning programming but also fill your head with lies which make the process of programming even harder for you.
You begin to believe those lies you keep telling to yourself, and also the ones which you assume or listen from others.
We’ve explained below the most common programming misconceptions among students. You can figure out whether you’re believing any of them. After which you’ll be able to code more joyously the next time you sit in front of your computer.
Get rid of these misconceptions and grab a programming book with a hope a becoming a better programmer.
1. Programming is all about maths
Maybe you feared this word during high school as you might have got some bad grades in the past. You might be wondering why this dreadful thing is still following you to college. Is programming a lot about maths?
In one word – no.
Yes, programming consists of maths – it’s an inseparable part of it. However, it isn’t solely about maths. In fact, it doesn’t even contain those complex equations and expressions unless you’re working on a highly sophisticated project.
Most of the time it’s much about basic logical reasoning, algebra, geometry and calculus – which indeed are various forms of maths which you’ve already studied in high school, but not as hard.
In short, there would barely be any new kind of math which you’ll need to learn. Also, you don’t need to deal with maths much often since most of your work only consists of writing the code and focusing on the logical parts.
2. You’ll have to learn a lot of new languages
But the need to learn a lot of languages isn’t the actual concern.
What makes most beginners restless is the thought of having to learn and try a couple of new programming languages every semester. It seems difficult and a hard milestone to accomplish, although it’s not.
It’s obvious that you’ll need to learn a lot of new languages – but what’s wrong is the myth that learning new programming language is can be a tiring process.
Although programming may be a new concept to you in the beginning, it doesn’t change much once you figure out the basics. If you observe closely, then you’ll learn that all the programming languages share similar characteristics and differ only by a few features which can be easily grasped.
You don’t need to put in any additional significant effort when learning a new language as most of the languages resemble a similar structure and elements which are common to those languages which you’ve learned earlier.
Also, several other elements remain the same so you just need to connect the dots, get used to some new keywords and syntax changes, and then you’re ready to learn another language in detail again.
It’s usually about implementing the same concepts again and again. So if the thought of learning numerous languages makes you cringe, then don’t let that thought stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone.
You get used the programming techniques and skills after a few days of practice, after which learning new languages won’t be a problem for you anymore.
3. Learning programming is tough
Programming is easy.
Often, programming is regarded as something that would require sheer amount of intellectual capabilities and an IQ of 190 by the students who are new — but there’s no such thing.
Programming isn’t merely exclusive to a bunch of uber-bright people. Anyone can learn programming. However, it’s mastery over skills which requires time.
Yet, you can still be a basic level programmer sooner than you think by taking up several courses, or even by learning independently.
Achieving the status of a pro definitely takes some time and persistence, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start somewhere. You don’t have to be the genius who understands everything about what he does.
Once you begin and set out yourself on a road to enhancing your abilities, you keep getting better.
4. Programming is only meant for geeks and nerds
Geeks have their own quirky likes; programming is one of them.
However, that doesn’t mean that programming is only meant for the geeks who keep tinkering the computers since they were 9 years old, or who programmed in high school and later decided to follow their passion.
Often, the people who become programmers or web developers come from completely irrelevant fields which are in no way technical. People find a way to get into programming as it interests them.
If you feel like you’re a misfit among all the other techies then you don’t need to think so; programming is for everyone. It only surprises you as long you’re a distant observer.
Once you start doing it yourself, you realize that you were only being too serious. Nothing much.
5. Programming isn’t fun
Who says so?
Or at least, don’t believe that programming is an awful task unless you do it yourself. After that, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s right for you or not.
Like any other job, programming too has its own pros and cons. It’s isn’t always fun and is filled with a lot of moments of frustrations.
It’s easy to lose confidence when you fail to achieve the results you’re aiming for or when you find yourself incapable of handling certain problems. You need enormous patience while tweaking and revising code.
Again, you might be wondering what it’s like to program for a living. There’s no one universal answer — because choices vary.
Your interest in programming depends much on your personal preferences rather than programming itself. If you enjoy creating something new using your programming talent, then it’s fun. Otherwise it isn’t. Simple.
The myths which your believe about programming create an inner resistance which acts like a barrier and prevents your from learning any new skills. It only makes harder for you to harness your potential by diminishing your talents.
The sooner you get over these lies and start acting on what’s true, the greater you chances of success will be. You can surely be a great programmer, but for that to happen, you’ll need to abandon these lies.
What are some other programming myths and lies which you think prevent students and from learning programming? What makes it look harder to the beginners?
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