Before we even talk about anything coding-related, let’s first address the elephant in the room: the long-running debate in the computer science world about whether coding and programming are the same or not. At a glance, both seem all too similar. But while there is some functional overlapping, there is a careful delineation between the two.
The coder is a translator, converting natural language and logic into a language that computers can understand and follow. On the other hand, the computer programmer provides the coder with the technical instructions needed for converting human language to machine code.
Programming encompasses a broader scope, with coding being one of its critical processes. The expertise of both the task-focused coder and the computer programmer, who is the process owner, are needed to come up with any software product worth its weight in gold.
Having cleared that up, we can say that coding has indeed gone the distance since the creation of the first high-level programming language by Konrad Zuse in the early 1940s. Today, while the field of coding can still elicit fear from the average joe on the street, its syntaxes have grown to be less and less intimidating and more inspiring.
Maria Klawe, a computer scientist who was the former Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, expressed it succinctly: “Coding is today’s language of creativity…” Add that to George Lois’s words, “creativity can solve almost any problem,” and one can gauge that coding has proven to be a gold mine of efficiency and effectiveness for business owners and managers alike.
1. Winning websites
Coding is no longer the hard-to-decipher science that was reserved for computer geeks in the past. Today, many online courses will allow even non-computer science graduates to learn and write coding languages. And that could refer to your average, industrious, and eager-to-learn employee.
There is a huge benefit to training your employees for inclusion into a readily available pool of coders who can tweak and improve your website to enhance the overall customer experience. Does your site load quickly? Is your interface design user-friendly?
The speed at which your customers can access your website, the frequency of glitches, and the ease at which your customer navigates your page will impact highly on the number of page views and facilitate higher conversion rates. In addition, because coding is the only way that SEOs can find you, investing in coding training for your staff will be a critical key in driving traffic to your website.
2. Accelerated accounting
Another area where it is practical to incorporate more coding know-how into your business is Accounting. Enabling your staff to be more digitally proficient can help you minimize dependence on expensively outsourced accounting firms. One coding language that can be useful towards this end is Python. The general programming language that is easy to learn (some say that if you are serious enough about it, you can learn it in just two months) can equip your staff to be better financial data analysts.
This will not only result in better ways of enhancing your Capex and Opex but can also result in a more empowered workforce who can make prudent data-based decisions. This will go a long way in freeing up capital towards the more productive re-channeling of investments.
3. Cryptic cooperation
Quoting Horace Mann, education is the great equalizer of the conditions of men. This is no truer in other fields than in the area of coding. Coding enables the narrowing of technology gaps across organizations that have previously bogged down communication and cooperation. Using programming languages such as a Python interpreter can allow you to communicate across different platforms.
What are the implications of this capability? The ease of moving across different domains and platforms can foster easier understanding among departments, resulting in a better employee experience in engaging with peers. The ease of communication in using higher-level languages can translate to the faster completion of a project that would require cross-departmental cooperation or even cross-industry support. Imagine the ease of crossing over from the Accounting Department to I.T. or even to Data Security. Where there is more understanding, there is more teamwork to make the dream work.
4. Ingenious iterations
As your employees become more adept at coding, they become trained in the discipline of conceptualizing more out-of-the-box solutions. With creative thinking as the default SOP in your organization, process improvement will follow, as your employees will automatically be thinking of newer ways to do things better and faster.
Creative thinking will also help your employees approach problems in a highly strategic manner, depending highly on logical thinking to come up faster with more sustainable solutions. This powerful behavioral mindset will not only improve your company’s adaptability to the rapid pace of technology but will also help it have a clear technological advantage over its competitors.
Guest post written by: Regi Publico
Regi Publico is a full-time writer based in Manila who is also an artist for fun. She takes pride in her towering collection of books and loves reading about anything under the sun. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge through every article that she writes.