Mastering the Art of Programming So you know how to program. You’ve worked enough with a language or two to know the abilities and limits of each. The question is no longer “if” you can write something, it’s now a matter of “how.” You’ve discovered that there are a number of ways to go about solving problems and making programs work. Some approaches are slower and less effective. Others make processes efficient and useful. That’s where the true genius of a programmer comes in. Anyone can learn the language. How many can use the language effectively enough to find the better, efficient solutions? Those are the skills that set them apart from the crowd. Benefits of Learning another Language Those are the masters of programming. Anyone who has attempted to master the art themselves may have run into a few snags along the way. That kind of problem solving often requires an approach to the problem from a different perspective, a perspective that you can’t see without someone pointing it out to you. Where can you find the tutor to point you in the right direction though? Learn another programming language. Languages offer a unique perspective on the world. The people of the Philippines do not have their own word for refrigerators; they short cut them to “refs” after the English word. Before Americans came into their country, the thought never occurred to them that such a contraption could exist. Plugging a refrigerator into a wall to keep food cold 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without making ice was unheard of. So when they saw Americans keeping beverages and meat cold in their refrigerators, they were absolutely astounded. Once the country started importing their own, they implemented the technology and the name into their own culture and language. Their concept of the possibilities of this world changed because of the technology presented to them. In the same way, limiting your exposure to other programming languages limits your ability to conceive of possible solutions that already exist. Your language limits your understanding. Think in New Ways Hence, always taking the time to learn a new programming language will force you to think in new ways. Those new ways make those seemingly impossible questions of “what can you do to make this program more efficient,” and turn them into confident affirmations. Take an inventory of the languages you do know and begin searching for a new one that is as different as you can get. Spend the next several months mastering the code, concepts, and mindset of that language. As you master the other language, you’ll begin to notice a change in the way you think about problems. You’ll be more rounded and ready to tackle that difficult task again. Stevens-Henager College offers a degree in programming in Salt Lake City to help you continually improve your skills as a programmer. Aside from just learning a new language, there are many concepts that can be taught to you by an expert. Stevens-Henager has those experts. Their professionals can help you reach your full potential in programming in Salt Lake City.
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