In my years in the Nerd Herd at Oracle Charter high school, the other members and I have learned a lot of interesting things. The most interesting thing I’ve learned recently is how to code. This skill has helped me figure out that after high school I want to have a career in web design which involves coding. The main questions I want to answer in this blog are: “What is coding?” and “Why is it important?”
There are also projects like creating a mini website, animating your name, or making a profile about yourself. Creating a profile about yourself and creating a website can work together to make an online resume. I have done a few of the projects like creating the profile and animating my name. Codecademy isn’t the only coding website. Some other coding websites are Code Avengers, Code School, Treehouse, and Learnstreet. I haven’t tried any of the other coding websites yet but after seeing them I want to find out how they differ from Codecademy. If coding websites isn’t the thing for you, coding tutorials can be found on Youtube. The only thing you need are the computer programs needed for completing these tutorials. Many of them are freeware. Notepad++ and FileZilla are good programs that are used to complete the tutorials.
Now to answer the most important question: why is coding important? Because coding is used everywhere: video games, websites, apps… everywhere. Without coding Facebook would just be a square block, no one would be able to do anything in it. Plus video games wouldn’t have advanced to where they are now with great graphics and story, games would be still in the age of the Atari. People who can code are in high demand in the job market now, and will remain in demand long after I graduate and start looking for a job. Big companies and small companies need programmers, and there are opportunities for entrepreneurial individuals or small groups who program for websites, games and apps.
Coding opens the door to many interesting activities. It teaches you new ways to think, and brings the opportunity for high paying jobs in a wide variety of industries. Whether you create the next Grand Theft Auto or the next Facebook, or help a bank secure people’s money, the possibilities for coding are everywhere.
I’m glad I discovered coding now as it has given me a taste of what I hope to do in college as I major in web design.
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