21 Dec 7 Reasons to Learn to Code in 2017
It’s not long until 2017 and there’s never been a better time to learn how to code.
The tech industry continued it’s incredible growth and further expanded the scope of what we believe can be achieved. In this post, we’re going to explore some of the hottest tech-industry trends and what it all means for talented developers.
1. The Internet of Things
Smart cars, smart cities and smart… kettles? Yes, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest commercial tech trend of 2017.
The IoT is the process of giving everyday objects – like the kettle mentioned above – network connectivity so they can send and receive data. This essentially allows the user an unprecedented control over every device connected to said network.
Now even city infrastructure is being shaped by technology, cars have millions of lines of code in them and they need developers to innovate what can be achieved through code and technology.
The IoT has created millions of opportunities, jobs and innovations. Linked up with AR and VR and 5G just around the corner – the possibilities seem somehow endless. The IoT is needs puzzle-solvers and that’s where developers come in.
On the cynical side – the IoT is not without failings, which creates even more opportunity for would-be developers. As amazing as it is, the IoT carries a significant security risk, or a back door to your data.
Complicated security software probably isn’t installed in your kettle, or your baby monitor or your thermostat and that’s where ne’er do wells can cause trouble.
I’m sure you have seen the chaos that ensues when people’s personal data is leaked – those poor celebrities.
The Internet of Things is going to continue to grow for the better and sprout more problems and more opportunities in the IoT Security sector. Someone’s going to have to make sure your Amazon Alexa doesn’t turn into HAL-9000 after all…
2. Further Shift to Software
2016 brought about a dynamic shift towards software – everything from virtualisation, storage depreciation, enhanced network speeds and most importantly, culture has contributed.
Software’s popularity is nothing new but the sector’s growth has accelerated rapidly. This is punctuated by telecommunications giant, Cisco making 7% of their workforce redundant in a move to a scalable software model.
A 2010 Cisco report was aptly titled “Forget Technology, it’s about Economics,” That idea has far more visibility today and was echoed by Cisco CFO Kelly Kramer following the move.
“It’s part of what we’re driving in our shift to software, those businesses have great margins and it’s part of the overall transition.”
Software developers have been in high demand for a few years now but the shift is sure to create even more opportunities for coders.
3. Learning: A Resolution that Works!
Sure, you could eat better and exercise more – in fact, we strongly encourage it! But why bother with expensive gym memberships and personal trainers that ultimately yields temporary effects?
There are a million reasons that people like to change but as cliched as it is, flexing your muscles isn’t nearly as satisfying as flexing your brain.
Learning a new skill is something that follows you for life. Who knows? You could wind up developing the next big fitness app instead. – then there’d be no need for an expensive Fabio-esque personal trainer. But you could definitely afford one.
Actually, on the topic, our next top life-changer is to save more and spend less, which is admirable – if not a little bit of a unadventurous.
In 2016, the average starting salary for a software developer in Ireland is around €30,000. That figure is forecast to increase in 2017 with the surging demand for practically skilled software developers.
So even if you’re on a great career-track – coding could make it a little easier to save a bit more. Open up new doors, new ideas and allow yourself to create something brilliant for your 2017 resolution.
Do keep fit and eat well too though!
4. Living in the Age of the Startup
Yes, we are in the age of the startup. There’s a new company born every minute in the UK alone and most of them have a couple of things in common.
- Scalability and repeatability.
- Work under very short deadlines with limited resources.
This is largely due to the immeasurably scalable that has developed. The entrepreneurial ambition to be the “Uber of…” just about anything and the ability to launch quickly is what’s so attractive.
With infrastructure in place for the IoT, startup ideas are limitless – simply find a problem in the home, workplace or a community and fix it… err… quickly.
If you can create an application, bridge a problem-gap and monetise – any idea can become your business. Seriously, an app named Yo! raised millions in seed capital. Yo me the money!
This is why the development of a general-purpose language like Python is perfect. Python – as a clever Quora-coder put it – allows you to quickly release your minimum viable product (MVP) which optimises your time to market.
Python isn’t the only dynamic, easily scalable coding language but it’s fast becoming the choice for startups.
5. So. Much. Data.
Imagine reading all of these books and divining important information? In just a few minutes…
Medical care, finances, sports and most huge organisations are being guided by big data.
Key business decisions are being influenced by data, athletes are being played or benched based on analytics and patients are getting much-needed care from risk assessment.
But how is this all processed? How do we craft a narrative from a borderline insane amount of numbers. How do we make sure there was nothing missed?
You could trawl through tonnes of data sets, searching for the most pertinent numbers (like making an infographic) but learning to code can help you do the heavy lifting. Languages like SQL, Python, and Scala are brilliant languages for processing complex data and can significantly improve your role.
They feature sophisticated data mining tools and dedicated libraries. If you’re just starting out, avoid something like R – it’s a little bit clunky with a steeper learning curve than Python.
6. Faster, More Accessible Learning Methods
A goal of becoming a software developer has never been more achievable.
Gone are the days that you had to slog through four years of a traditional Computer Science degree. Now you can learn how to code faster than ever with an intensive full-time programme or online in less-than-a-year.
Coding education has become accessible for everyone with fully mentored online programmes, introductory modules and workshops. So even if you’re not sure if it’s for you, there’s support from the development community to help you get started.
Busier students may find it difficult to fully commit to a 12-week, 9-5 bootcamp – but they can learn on their own schedule, from home with help from a professional developer.
Are you still on the fence about learning a ‘lil bit of code? Sign up for our free online workshop and learn the basics of HTML and CSS in 90mins and built a simple site.
7. Tried & Tested Learning
Statistics via Course Report
There were an estimated 18,000+ graduates across 91 US bootcamps in 2016 alone. This figure has grown immensely since 2013 turned out only 2,300 US Graduates.
Any new method of learning will be met with speculation, but these figures make it clear that sentiment towards coding bootcamps is trending upwards.
Of course, success varies from location to location and from student to student but that’s to be expected. Education delivery methods are going to continue to improve in 2017 and eventually the skills gap will begin close, now is the time to get in on the ground floor, as the old saying goes.
Right now, the skills gap continues to grow and the talent pipeline continues to get deplete, despite the wealth of bootcamp graduates and traditional university graduates.
Web development coupled with AI, VR, AR, IoT, MedTech, Fintech and a litany of other industries means you’ll never be short of coding opportunities.
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