When we think of coding, we often imagine complex math problems and difficult number sequences. And much of that is true, coding languages are built off of mathematics. However, most coding languages provide a way around all that, meaning that basic web coding skills, such as those needed to build a professional looking web page or elegant portfolio are possible to master without being a math prodigy. For many beginners, learning to code will likely exercise your language and pattern recognition skills more than anything else.
There are pros and cons to learning to code and use markup languages. Like cultural languages, coding takes time to learn. If you think that it’s more worth your time and investment to hire a professional to create your website or app than try to do it yourself, then you’re probably right. However, basic knowledge of the markup and programming languages that your company uses can save you from feeling helpless when it comes to dealing with your online and other forms of digital property.
For instance, learning just a little bit of HTML can tell you what you’re looking at when you check out a web page’s source code. The source code is the skeleton of the page that you’re looking at. It’s a bit like looking into a circuit breaker. You wouldn’t rent an office space without knowing where the circuit breaker is, would you?
Here’s some reasons to get familiar with coding languages, from one enthusiastic amateur to another.
Crafting Your Own Webspace Can Save Money
No one needs to explain to you that your business’s web presence is an important (at times, the most important) part of its branding. When you don’t understand what makes a webpage work, however, it can be a challenge to get it to represent exactly what you want. This can require expensive calls to your developer for minor tweaks. Or, if you’re determined to do it yourself, you might feel confined to the presets of a specific theme.
Knowing a basic markup can help you to identify elements of your website that you want to change, as well as where and how to change them. A little HTML and CSS can go a long way to customizing a basic webpage or elegant portfolio. Sometimes the things you need to do are such small fixes that you don’t want to pay a developer’s minimum for, so basic markup knowledge can save you a lot of money.
HTML and CSS Can Be Very Easy
Not technically programming languages since they do not have a functional purpose or sun script, HTML and CSS are everywhere on the web and are considered mark-up and style languages. Nonetheless, these are probably the most important to help you understand what you’re looking at when you look at a basic web page, as opposed to a web or desktop application.
These languages use shorthand that is easy to memorize and type out quickly, such as <p> for paragraph. And when it comes to your math insecurities, these languages use basic percentages to help you style the page the way you want it.
Not to mention information-sharing on the Internet makes it really easy to find free tutorials and the proper codes for the kind of effects you want on your website.
Better Management and Communication in the Tech Industry
Programming, web, and application development are a language as well as an industry. If this is the industry you’re in, then it’s important to at least identify and understand parts of the language that your employees are using.
Business people who work with or manage coders, particularly in a startup, will find it beneficial to understand coding. This will help you learn to manage your programmers and developers, keep them happy, make reasonable requests, and offer respectable timelines.
It also means that you will have the right kind of information to get you good hires and put together a well-recruited team. A recruiter with no coding experience may not know what to look for when it comes to finding the right talent for your business.
Additionally, a business person who has learned to code and can put together a (very simple) prototype will earn a developer’s respect faster than someone who hasn’t bothered to try.
This doesn’t require you to learn proficiency in the code yourself or to practice every night. It does mean, however, that you look into the basics and try a little bit of it, so you know what’s going on in your business.
You’ll Understand Technology Better
Attitudes that excuse not understanding technology are quickly becoming a thing of the past. This is particularly true as debates over online security ramp up, along with browser wars, and small production applications.
Not knowing your capabilities and the possibilities that are out there could easily hold you back from growth and development. Reading around the programming industry and even learning how a programming language works forces one to think and work in a way that can spark creativity to grow and expand your business.
Career-building and Niche Development
Like learning any language, coding takes practice. However, just adding one language to your repertoire can boost you in your niche or help out your career development. So if you’re willing to do the heavy lifting, you can get a lot out of fully learning a new coding language.
Let’s face it, coding isn’t a skill just for computer programmers anymore. There are numerous smartphone apps aimed at teaching basic coding to children. And as the job market becomes more competitive and higher educated, it takes a few extra and extremely handy skills to set a resume apart.
Employees in startups need to wear many hats in order to get things off the ground. Knowing a good all-around programming language could save your company the cost of having to hire a developer for minor fixes.
Learning a markup or programming language has low barriers to entry. Tutorials and courses are all over the web and available at many libraries to get you started. And when it comes to beginner languages, you’ll be dealing with just that, language skills and patterns.