Do You Have to be Extremely Smart to be a Programmer?

Do You Have to be Extremely Smart to be a Programmer?

Perhaps the most common stereotype about programmers is that they are all extremely smart in everything. Which is why people, both students and working adults, are afraid to learn how to code because they think that this line of work is only for the smartest people. Yes, it’s never easy to learn, especially when you don’t have a solid background on programming, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. There are a lot of people who are smart at coding but may not be smart enough at other things. Logic may be used in programming but it just doesn’t necessarily apply in real-life situations.


So if you’re one of those individuals who’s afraid to learn how to code, do not be. You don’t need to have a higher IQ than Einstein to be a programmer. Always want to be a programmer? Here are some tips that might help you.


Learn to Filter Stereotypes

Not all stereotypes are bad. Sometimes, they can be useful as a guide. For example, you are planning to travel to a certain country. Of course, you have to be careful on how you behave around a group of people who may be believing certain practices or manners. This will prevent you from getting into a fight or worst-case scenario, jail time. Meanwhile, there are other stereotypes that are better left ignored. If someone has discouraged you from pursuing what you want to do because you have to fit in into a specific stereotype, then that’s the time you may just ignore it. Do not limit yourself into what society dictates you to be.


Make it a Passion

A passion is not a true passion if you don’t make it one. To put it simply, passion is something that we are willing to work and sacrifice for just to obtain that one thing. Of course, it feels nice to be a software engineer, a teacher, or a doctor, but if you don’t work enough on those dreams, you can’t have it. If you’re thinking about being a programmer, make sure you make it your passion. Being passionate about something is working day and night, no matter how tired you are, because you know that the end result would be pleasurable.


Start Now

It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a degree in computer science or not, start today! Not all the best programmers in the world are computer science or IT graduates, they just learned. Worried it’s too late to start now? You aren’t the only person in the world who has found their calling later in life. Some even have children before they found what they love to do for the rest of their life. Don’t listen to what others are saying, if you want it, go get it. Nobody knows about your journey and your life, only you. Therefore, other people’s opinions should not have power over you. 


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How Software Development has Evolved through the Years

How Software Development has Evolved through the Years

Change is an inevitable component of software development, hence, evolution should take place.


Without evolution in technology, society would probably never evolve as well. This evolution has become successful as each new generation becomes more and more dependent on computers and gadgets. For businesses, adapting to evolution is crucial. If they don’t keep up, they’ll easily become obsolete.


Since the time of Watts S. Humphrey, the father of software quality, how much has software development changed?


Predictability Approach

For sure, you have heard about the Agile approach in the software development life cycle. In the past, the Waterfall approach has been commonly used. In the Waterfall methodology, a series of carefully planned steps are followed. That being said, the developers only move to the next step once the first step has been completed. For the Agile model, continuous iteration and improvement is practised. As a result, it is much easier for clients, managers, and developers to collaborate and communicate about the most viable actions for a more desirable output. Now the question is: why change? While it is much easier to foresee the deliverables and desired output in the Waterfall model, it takes much more time. Now that the Agile method has already been used by software companies, the execution of the project can be done quicker. Through the use of Agile, various methods have also evolved.


API For Business

In the Waterfall model – testing, operations, and development are done separately by different teams. Because of Application Programming Interface, or in basic terms, API, developers can build cross-operating applications. If you’re not a programmer, you may not know that the daily apps we use such as Facebook and Google Maps use API’s to provide you with the functionality by integration. Apple, for example, has now made Swift an open source. More and more companies also let others participate resulting in the growth of the API economy. Without API, it’s probably inconvenient for us to use apps such as Uber or Facebook.


Teamwork Through DevOps

Because of Agile, several practices have evolved, one of which, is DevOps. This practice is extremely useful in software development as it brings teams together to communicate and collaborate, thus speeding up the process and making the output more reliable. DevOps is the integration of IT as a whole. People who work in DevOps as an engineer or a specialist has basic skills and interest in software development and systems administration combined together in order to create a unified approach. Aside from collaboration, DevOps also makes less room for failure by providing continual code versions to make it easier for the developers to detect defects. Lastly, DevOps is a great asset to businesses as it reduces costs and IT specialists.


Evolution would always be an important element in software development as the demands of businesses, needs, and stakeholders increase.


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