What exactly is coding and why are people talking about it?
Simply put, coding is another word for programming. It is written instructions for machines to do a task or perform a function. It’s output could be a mobile app, a website, or computer software that allows users to do something, say, word processing.
Why do so many people want to learn coding now?
In a world increasingly networked with computers and other devices that are powered by code, understanding it can give you a greater understanding of the technology around you. Coders or programmers are in very high demand in just about every industry, and often they are paid well.
Coding is also a great personal skill to learn. Ever had a great idea for an app, but didn’t know how to bring it to life? Coding can help you to design and create your own technology such as apps and websites for little or no cost, and you don’t have to hire anyone else.
A great app, such as Instagram or Snap Chat, has huge business potential and thus could even turn you into a very successful entrepreneur.
So how do you learn how to code?
Although many programmes, courses and classes already exist that teach code, learning how to do it is becoming easier. Apple recently introduced Swift Playgrounds, an app involving games that teach children, as well as adults, how to code in a fun, interactive way.
But if you are looking to get businesses and projects off the ground with a website, you do not have to rely solely on coding from scratch. Templates like Wordpress, Wix and Weebly are good alternative options that are inexpensive and save you coding time.
Of course, knowing how to code will help you customize these solutions to meet your specific needs. As coding becomes more accessible and easier to learn it might be useful to consider taking a course on or offline so that your job skills remain relevant in a world powered by programming.