Why you should learn to code and how to get started

There is something really satisfying about seeing your ideas come to life, isn’t there?
You know the feeling…

When you reach an elusive goal or taste a meal that took hours to prepare. Or the experience of handcrafted code running as intended.

Yes, believe it or not, writing code is an excellent way to experience an idea coming to life!
Unfortunately many think coding is out of reach so they don’t try.

Business owners need to be across so much these days. But the good news is that knowing a little bit of code can save a lot of time.

You don’t have to know how to code to send an email but even just a basic understanding of code can help you get more from your email marketing.

According to Mark Zuckerburg, creator of Facebook, programming is as important as reading and writing.

Knowing what drives software is also about freedom. Once you get to grips with coding principles, most software becomes easier to use, which can be a real time saver.

Not convinced? Check out this video to find out why coders are the next generation of rock stars!

Code is not as hard as some believe

Yes, there are unfamiliar terms to describe things just as there are in any field.
But today, even young kids are learning how to create software. Initiatives like CoderDojo around the world are getting them started.

Once you have an understanding of the basics you can work the rest out. Plus it’s a lot of fun!

Ready to get started?

The best advice is to start small. Remember, technology needs to have everything explained in detail. So the more things you add, the more complicated it becomes.

You can find resources all over the web about coding. Here’s a few places for beginners:

  • Scratch is an interactive tool to help beginners learn standard coding terminology and have fun doing so. While aimed at a younger audience, scratch is still well suited for any beginner.
  • Python is one of the easiest languages to learn. It is also powerful enough that companies like Google still use it.
  • HTML5 this can be used to do some snazzy stuff with emails like including videos.

If you want to start a little project to practise your new found skills, why not build a HTML email template from scratch? Check out this step by step guide to get started.

Have fun with it

I hope you no longer see coding as something boring or too difficult. If you enjoy being creative and love making things work, then why not give it a try.

I’d love to hear about any projects you start or see any templates you build? Share them in the comments section below.

Written by: Daniel Smith, CoderDojo Chermside Mentor & Senior Developer and Team Leader at Vision6.

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