While learning coding, solving problems and writing algorithms, there a set of things you would develop alongside with too. Some of these skills make you sharp and witty. Programming is an amazing skill. It opens your brain and makes you think in a different perspective. Some call it hard, but it is a challenge to the brain.
In the IT industry Here are some abilities that you hone alongside while learning coding, with some interesting facts
1. Logics, Deductions, drawing conclusions
Logics are nothing but arriving at conclusion from a given set of statements. While programming a “bot” ,logics place a very high importance. To think in the perspective of a computer or a machine helps you increase your deduction ability. In terms of computer science we call it data mining. It is nothing but gaining additional information from a given statistical data. In real life, it is very useful as this gives a lot of foresight to many situations and helps us most to take the day to day decision.
For example: Consider the given scenario, Tim comes home after school is over at afternoon. He finds the house is locked and he has left the key inside. His mobile phone battery is dead. He wants know where his mom gone, how long will she take to come back and how to use this situation to his advantage. So here are the set of things that come to his mind.
“It was Friday, so she has most likely gone out for getting weekly supplies for house. The toaster has gotten old and had to be replaced so she must have gone to the big supermarket. If she has gone to super market, then she won’t reach home till 8. I am hungry. If I wait outside I would have to wait for long time. Sandra is keeping a house party. I can have some food, see my crush Clara and enjoy my time there.” Hence Tim goes to the house party instead of waiting outside.
So from the above scenario, we can see how Tim deduces where is mother has gone and how to utilize his situation to his advantage.
2. Your creativity increases
3. Setting the priorities to problems:
In programming, there is an algorithm called “stable marriage problem” where a set of men have to be matched and married to a set of other women. The men have a priority of women they want and women also have a list of priority over choosing men. In this, we pair those men and women accordingly if a man or a woman is not available to their choice we move to next level down the priority and this continues till both sets of men and women are matched.
This actually teaches a lot like setting up priorities in life, giving attention to a problem that is most important. By arranging a huge set of problems in order, you would easily solve them and priority in life matters most. There are lots of algorithms like the “stable marriage problem” that teaches you how to set priorities to problems.
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4. Problem-solving abilities
Every time you devise your own algorithm while coding you are actually increasing your problem-solving abilities. You employ various methods of tackling problems like breaking a big problem into small, small sub problems and then solving each one of them and joining them all back again.( This typical approach is called as divide and conquer method). Other problems such as summing a set of given inputs to one general form, determining a general formula for series, sorting problem and searching problem. While, learning all these actually increases your increases your aptitude skills.
5. The ability detects errors quickly
This ability is mostly found in Debuggers. Their ability to detect errors is amazing. Their proofreading ability is beyond perfect. This they gain this through debugging experience. They go through huge pages of codes quickly and find errors at a very short pace of time. As even a small (;) or an undefined symbol or a statement can stop the functioning the functioning of a program, these debugger’s have to find the errors in a huge ocean of codes and should correct it immediately. Their instinct to find errors is very high.
6. Quickly making route plans and paths in a most efficient manner
Every networking programmer would have this skill. As a matter out of fact, their job is to find out the shortest path or the most efficient path to connect all computer or hosts in a network so that all Pc’s can have same internet speed and data can be transferred to one point to another point quickly without using extra time and connection.
They have extensive knowledge about graphs and various algorithms like Hamiltonian circuit, Euler graph, travelling salesman problem etc., that can be used it to quickly make the most efficient and less time consuming path while travelling to various places. It is very useful as plans like that are in a way that it is less costly and all the places are covered. Most airline ticketing agencies, travel agency, package tours need a route plan that is less costly, can cover all places and can return back to the same place. For travellers having this ability is a boon as they can save time and money by planning efficiently.
7. Finding the optimum solution to every problem
All the programmers have the ability to find the optimum solution to a any given problem. Now this important as a solution to problem cannot always be too high or too low. They mostly use the knapsack problem to find the optimum solution. To say it simple in layman terms, let me use and example: – a salesman wants to sell chairs and tables at a profitable price. He has bought it for $12 and $15 respectively. The maximum retail price for a chair is 20$ and a table is 25$.
The local other traders sell the same chair and table at $18 and $24. The salesman must find the right price where the customers would be interested to buy his merchandise at a less price and profit would be earned. The maximum profit he can earn is by selling the chair at $20 and table at $24 would be $17.However he would have hard time selling goods as local retailers sell it much cheaper and finding customers would be difficult. If sells a chair at a price of $16 and table at a price of $22. He can get good sales as price is less and the customers will be interested to buy. The profit is optimum and is not less. He can sell volumes of goods without any problem.
In real life, there are many situations where finding optimum solution plays an important part. In binary trading i.e stock market, it widely used to calculate the return amount of incase the position fails to generate profit. Stock traders widely use it to make their own trading strategies. Financial management and running a business needs this ability the most. You need to know how to run a company in the most efficient manner using less capital and to make the most.
8. Permutations and combinations, used for finding the no of options or ways left in a given situation
Permutation in mathematical terms is nothing but the no of arrangements that can be made with a given set of options. Combination is the same thing except there are some conditions. In programming it is widely use calculate the no of arrangement of things that can be made. Decisions are made using this too. To make it simpler let me tell you an example. Consider the you want to set key codes to your locker. You want to make it extremely protective. If you are using a 4 digit password then no of ways arranging digits 0 to 9 in using 4 places would be 288(assuming the digits are not repeated).
Out of 288 combinations one of them is certainly your password. So by using permutation you can estimate the level of security for your password. That is why people say that on increasing the digits and the types of characters used in password would increase the strength of security as more no of combinations or arrangements are increased and that finding it out becomes difficult.
Combination is the same thing except like certain conditions are imposed. While selecting people, combinations are widely used. In places like a committee of 8 people are to be chosen, where 2 members should be women and 1 member should be from a particular ethnicity, out of given 24 people ,combination tells us how many ways members can be selected.
9. Management skill and efficient information and document handling
Database programmers are excellent in sorting out a group of items and giving them name tag so that all the confusion is eliminated and finding things would be very useful. They are excellent in finding out duplicates of data and the data’s are updated regularly. DBA’s (Database administrators) are highly important as they are the main backbone of the company. Without them, the company can simply collapse.
Database programming increases your management skills. You will never have the problem of arranging important papers like insurance papers, important document as these will be arranged. One of the good habits of database programmers is that they always have a habit of keeping back up in case data is lost. This is a good habit that you will get, as in the case of any unfortunate event if you have lost data, you would recover it easily. It helps you to have order things in your life.
10. Increased lexical thinking and development of intuition
Lexical thinking is attributed to as reflexive thinking. It is very useful for understanding anything. It builds intuition in a person. The ability to understand without any help or guidance or previous experience is the most powerful weapon of the brain. While coding you would mostly think “what to do to get this type of output” or “what output will these codes will generate on execution”. Lexical thinking and intuition increase with programming experience.