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Mar 23, 2019 09:44:43

Re: Re: Should I learn how to code?

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 346 words | 374🔥 | 374💌

Brandon Wilson

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In high school, I did not have exposure to coding. Due to my father's influence, I was interested in computers especially Apple products like the Apple IIe and the Mac. When I went to college I knew I was going to major in mathematics, but I was also planning to combine that with something related to computer science. 

My first programming course was Fortran, and I realized that the syntax and logic seemed to be a fit for my way of thinking. My next programming course was C++, and this is where my programming plans went off the rails.

As I stated, I have always been an Apple person. Freshman year I used my student discount to buy a PowerMac 7200/75 MHz machine, which was the state of the art at the time. In the C++ class, everyone was using PCs. I was the only person attempting to use a Mac to code. In fact, I had to use emulation software called Code Warrior. It was an uphill battle, and I encountered so much negativity and resistance to Mac computers that I decided programming was not for me. 

Looking back on that experience I realize that was a pivotal moment. Had I had a better experience with programming, I'm sure it would have changed my entire career trajectory. If iPhones had existed back then and I was able to take courses programming for iOS, it would have been a different story. 

At this point, I don't know whether it would be beneficial for me to learn to code. The closest I have gotten to coding in my career is writing SQL queries. I am not opposed to learning something new, but if I do I want there to be a straight line from that learning to one of my goals. 

I'm at a stage in my life where I want to double down on my strengths. I'm not ruling out coding at some point in my future, but for right now I will happily use my Apple devices without knowing the ins and outs of how they work.

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    You may want to check this out:

    Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Mar 23, 2019 22:46:06
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      @RealNegotiator Thanks for the suggestion. This looks VERY interesting.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 24, 2019 12:04:51
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      @brandonwilson Let me know how you make out.

      Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Mar 24, 2019 17:37:09
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    @brandonwilson - haha Fortran was my second langauge. Fortran first. But, like you, I didn't adopt it -- because I too was an Apple fanboy. I built my own PC -- but didn't enjoy windows. Linux wasn't a thing - and though I had access to the Unix cluster at school, I didn't think it was something to program. At the end of the day, one can't do everything, but there certainly is a lot of leverage in producing a piece of code you could write from a laptop at a Starbucks, and then distribute it everywhere.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Mar 23, 2019 16:46:44
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      @brianball "a piece of code you could write from a laptop at a Starbucks" hihihi

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 24, 2019 18:50:04
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