6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Programming

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Coding is a complex technical topic, so most people outside of the field know very little about real programming. Even for those of you that think you know everything, here are a few facts about the trade that you might be missing.


1. The first computer programmer was a woman.

Despite currently being a male-dominated field, many people don’t know that history remembers the first computer programmer to be a woman. Ada Lovelace,  a gifted mathematician and computer programmer from London, is credited with being the first person to develop what we now know as computer concepts. She is credited with numerous forward-thinking contributions to computer science.


2. A real live “computer bug” sparked popularity for the phrase.

Ever wonder where the term “computer bug” came from? Well actually, we can thank a moth for popularizing the phrase. The use of the word “bug” to refer to a problem, fault, or dysfunction has been around for a long time, but in 1943, programmer Grace Hopper was working on the Mark I Electromechanical Computing Machine when she discovered that a moth was stuck in a relay, hindering the performance of the machine.

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The first “Computer Bug” was a moth.

Once the computing machine was debugged, operation returned to normal, as you can imagine. The literal appearance of a “bug” or fault was humorous to Hopper, and became the famous phrase we use today.


3. Programming can teach you a new way of thinking.

At most jobs, you learn new concepts or a set of skills once, and you complete similar tasks with these skills every day. For example, you might learn how to enter data into a spreadsheet, or fill out a sales invoice. The daily duties of these jobs require those activities every day, and you might never need to “think” about how to do anything else.

With programming comes new challenges almost daily. Sure, certain assignments might be similar, but you’ll be programming to find the solutions to new problems, all the time. This teaches you how to be forward-thinking, and recognize the different components of problems.  


4. You don’t need programming experience to learn how to code.

Despite what some people may have told you, learning the trade doesn’t mean you need previous experience. There are plenty of coders that have excelled in the field, not because of their vast prior knowledge, but their willingness and passion to learn the material.

The only things you really need in order to learn how to code are a computer, a positive attitude, and the will to work hard. Though coding might not be for everyone, don’t let your lack of experience steer you away from trying to learn.


5. Learning code doesn’t have to be expensive.

It seems like most everyone is on a budget these days, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning how to code. The Rutgers Coding Bootcamp offers competitively priced tuition and interest-free payment plans because we know how important an investment in learning to program can be for your future.


6. There are 698 different coding languages.

Behind Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, coding languages would come in third place in regards to a number of languages if it were a country. While this means there is a huge diversity of computer programming languages, we don’t suggest you try to learn them all. Each coding language has its different place and purpose, similar to that of spoken languages.


Well there you have it; six new things that you might not have known about computer programming. Not only is computer programming an ever-expanding field, it’s also a great way for you to grow your skills set and challenge your mind while becoming a more marketable employee. If you’re ready to see what the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp could do for you, call (732) 430-2144 to speak to an admissions advisor today.


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