The Most Common Myths About Coding

Busting Popular Coding Myths

A look at some of the most common misconceptions about coding

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May 31, 2018    By Team YoungWonks *

Myths about coding continue to persist even in today’s day and age when computers have permeated into every aspect of our lives. So no, coding is not intimidating. And coding is not only meant for the math geniuses. Because coding is interesting, engaging and has no age limit either. In this blog, we examine all that you think is true about coding but isn’t. So here’s busting some common misconceptions about programming: 

  • Myth: You have to be a genius to code.
    This is a common perception about coding, but couldn’t be farther from the truth. Several people think of coding as something that only a highly intelligent person can do. But the fact is that you do not have to be a genius to learn coding. Anyone who is committed to learning coding can do so. Coding is just like any language; it has its own vocabulary and grammar, and it allows you to communicate with a machine to complete a task. Can coding languages seem daunting at first to some? Yes, they can. But bear in mind that today’s modern programming languages are logical and easy to understand. In the end, mastering coding is more about dedication, creativity and critical thinking than mere intelligence.

  • Myth: Coding is boring.
    Again, a belief not rooted in reality. The fact is that coding isn’t boring at all. Given that it entails developing computer technology found in cars and airplanes, video games and space exploration, coding can be very fascinating, especially to those who have a curious bent of mind. Coding is synonymous with computers, which means you’ll need coding wherever you need computers and that covers every field today. That’s what makes coding so relevant. What’s more, it thrives on creativity and is a lot of fun. At YoungWonks, for instance, the curriculum covers the latest software and the latest Internet of things (IOT) hardware, which is in turn used for robotics and automation projects.

  • Myth: You have to be excellent at math to learn coding.
    One needn’t excel at math to be good at coding. Basic algebra - what you learn in school - is all you need. In fact, a lot of coding just needs simple logic. You can also achieve larger objectives with the help of the coding community.

  • Myth: You need to learn every coding language from scratch.
    This too is a myth; you don’t need to learn each coding language from scratch. Yes, there are many coding languages out there. And although each language appears different, their fundamentals remain the same. Proficiency in one language will help you learn the others quickly. For instance, if you know Python, it will help you get a better grasp on JavaScript. But of course, one must point out here that the learning never really stops. No matter the language, staying updated is of utmost importance.

  • Myth: Coding can only be learnt by kids.
    It is never too late to learn how to code. People think that only kids or young adults can learn coding, but this is not true. There is no age-based discrimination in the world of coding, for one can learn coding at any age. You can be six or 60 and still have fun with coding. 

  • Myth: You can only learning coding at a school/ university.
    One is mistaken in thinking that a school or a university is the only place to learn coding. In addition to these, There are many  online and offline resources to help you learn coding. With YoungWonks, anyone can learn coding from their home - it is as simple as that. The students here will vouch for the fact that learning with someone is always more fun and productive. Especially if the other person is your tutor giving you his/ her undivided attention and letting your learn at your own pace. So yes, geographical location and distance have ceased to matter; one could be living in the US, India or Russia and have the same level of access to a YoungWonks tutor. Moreover, YoungWonks also believes in employing non-traditional teaching techniques such as inquiry-based learning and flipped classroom. 

*Contributors: Written by Vidya Prabhu; Photo by Leonel Cruz

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