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Lies, damned lies, and what you have been told about programming

By Gregorio Rojas - January 24, 2014 1 Comment
Mostly everything you have ever been told about programming is a lie.

I thought I knew what programming was about before I got into programming. The funny thing is that I barely knew anything about it. I knew nothing first hand. Everything I knew was second hand knowledge. Does that sound familiar?

I can tell you that most of what you think it means to be a programmer is off mark. The only thing that is probably accurate is that it is a lucrative career choice.

The truth in a nutshell: Programming is actually fun and easy.

I know many people will not agree with this opinion. That is OK. We are not out to change their opinions. We are out to change your opinion. Many of the things you have been lead to believe about programming are keeping you from considering a career in programming. This is unacceptable.

I am not saying it never feels hard or frustrating, it does. I spend many hours in small room with brand new developers so I am often reminded just how frustrating it can be. I want you to keep things in perspective. Many of the times we talk about something being easy or hard we are talking about it relative to something else. We are talking about it in some type of context. It's not an absolute. It is not something we say in a vacuum.

When I tell you programming is fun and easy I do so with a perspective I did not have as a young adult. In many of the ways that it matters to people living in a dog-eat-dog world, my career in technology is not only fun and easy, it makes others things in life fun and easy. At times it makes the impossible, possible.

Some go overboard and say that knowing how to program is like having a super power. It's not. It's just the actualization of your actual power and that feels super.

#LearnToCode and change the world. Change your world.

Any resemblance to the Superman's "S" is purely accidental

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  1. Love this article. "...career in technology is not only fun and easy, it makes others things in life fun and easy" I totally agree with this!

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