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5 worst misconceptions people have about programmers

mindninjax profile image Rishabh Singh ・4 min read

No matter where you currently stand in your Programming career, it's pretty common to come across people who are non-programmers yet they have their own opinions and myths about programming.

Some consider while others may consider it uncreative & only something an MIT graduate is capable of doing. But we as programmers know that programming is highly creative, fun & something we can do all day.

In this blog post, let's have a look at the top myths non-programmers have about programming.

Programming is only for nerds OR I am not smart enough to code

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This is one of the most common myths people have about programming. This myth could create a bit of anxiety among people (usually students) who are new to programming as they might think that they're just not smart enough to learn to code. This myth may also lead beginners to quit coding as in initial stages beginners may struggle to understand the syntax & basic principles.

This is something that can be easily solved by proper guidance & good training. Once they learn to print Hello World & start doing some basic calculations through coding, then it's just a matter of time until they fell in love with coding.

This programming language is better

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People often compare programming languages to find which one is best. However, there is not a straight forward answer to this question.

Every programming language is designed to perform a certain task which was difficult to achieve through other programming languages. Once the programming language starts to gain exposure & popularity, more features are added to it by other developers so that it could do more. But even if that programming language has so many features & libraries, doesn't mean it can accomplish more tasks with the same efficiency for the task it was created for.

People judge programming languages being better than others & it's usually due to their personal choices for a specific language.

People who like Python will treat it as the best language & may also force others to admit it. This usually creates a lot of confusion among beginners as they struggle to decide which language they should start with & sometimes they may also end up picking up a not so beginner-friendly language and may quit programming as they struggle to understand it. But we need to understand that every programming language has its own pros & cons & no programming language is perfect.

I have to be a Master in Mathematics to be a programmer

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While it is true that some basic maths is required to break down the problem and build meaningful logic out of it, it doesn't even come close to being a maths wiz.

Now again this generally depends on your job and the goal you want to achieve. If you are working as a Data Analyst, definitely you need to know statistics and some algebra but yes you don't have to be a maths wiz.

For beginners, you can get started in programming straightaway with almost no knowledge of maths at all. If you have attended your primary maths class & can perform pretty basic calculations like addition, subtraction, multiplication & division then you're all set. As you learn to code, you'll also learn how to solve simple problems & build basic logic.

Programmers are rude, boring & antisocial

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Ok I know, you've been waiting or this. Well, this is something very common & I have struggled with this a lot in my career as well.

Being programmers, coding requires us to spend a lot of time with computers, thinking & writing code. But when people see this, they consider that we don't care about what's going on with the world & are addicted to our devices. Some may also call us rude for giving more attention to our computers instead of them.

However, this is somewhat true that programmers find it a little difficult to be fully present with people as their mind is usually focused on coding & solving problems even when they are not on their desk. Due to this, they don't give much importance to gossips and unnecessary conversations to save time.

Non-programmers also judge programmers on basis of their dressing sense, as already mentioned, programmers do not give much importance to external appearance and prefer comfortable and easily available clothing over designer and occasion-based outfit. However, in modern work culture, where the dressing is not given much importance, programmers seem to do very well.

Women can't code

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This is the biggest misconception people that people have that - coding is something only men are capable of doing.

This could be either because of a lack of support from society & people. But instead of pushing forward, they find it easier to quit coding due to misconception that women can't code.

We should not deny the fact that women are considered to be more creative and organized in comparison to men, and these two factors have a major impact on coding. So there's no doubt that women can do better. In fact, they are already doing, but more & more women need to come forward and lead the stage to achieve a balanced, productive & creative workspace for both men & women.

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Also if you yourself ever came across any myth or misconception about programmers, then please mention it in the comments & let everyone know.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

I'm not a programmer, but I've worked with many devs and been in the field for around 7 years.

The misconception I hear very frequently from devs in training/junior devs is that something must be wrong with them if they have a lot of questions. Like any field, if you have a question, it's a sign that you're learning, curious, and hungry for knowledge! I also think that junior devs are understandably anxious that they bother more senior devs if they ask them questions — while some days are busier than others, this just isn't the case! The Q&A process makes teams closer ⭐️

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This is sooo true! Thanks for your comment.

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Rishabh Singh Author

Thanks Gracie for sharing your experience! And yes communication plays a great role...

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Rishabh Singh Author

Hey Mike, looks like you have misunderstood that part. I meant that women can do better than what they are currently doing. It didn't mean to say that women can do better than men.

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Ah! Sorry for the misconception

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Suraj Vishwakarma

Great Article🔥🔥🔥. Non programmers just have to start learning and once they become comfortable, then hunger for learning more increases.

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Rishabh Singh Author

Absolutely my bro! It's just about getting started!

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Good examples, but I am sure by far the biggest misconception about programmers is that they can fix anything about any device with a screen easily and quickly (especially for relatives).

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Aditya Mangal

All they need is the right mentor ❤️

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Rishabh Singh Author

Right Aditya! This can really make a big difference.

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Ajay Neman

Good one rishabh🔥 🔥 very much informative for begginers.

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Rishabh Singh Author

Thanks a lot Ajay!

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Tomi Tomion

Fix my pc... But you are programmer!