I get a lot of questions about programming but I don’t think they’re the right questions to ask questions like how many languages do I need to learn what language do I need to learnto get to company X what’s the difference between a and B and which makes more money what are the exact steps I need to take to become Z what kind of program should I write to build up my resume.
how to become a programmer?
so why don’t I like these questions because it feels like the people who are asking these questions they are learning how to program just for the sake of learning how to program but programming is just a tool being a programmer for me means you write code to automate things or to make things perform certain actions, for example, programming a refrigerator to turn on the light when you open the door when you think about it programming is actually kind of boring you’re just giving a series of instructions to a machine over and over again until you get it right I don’t want to speak for all of you but I think if they pay wasn’tgreat I don’t think a lot of you would spend hours and hours every night in front of your computer trying to learn how to code or to just debug your program sometimes we get caught up learning languages or doing
coding challenges or fantasizing about you know working for these big tech companies that we forget why we wanted to learn programming in the first place you wanted to program because you saw the amazing things that can be built using programming so don’t just learn how to program build something that matters build something that means build something that solves a problem you’re a problem-solver a creator an innovator you’re not a
programmer programming is just a tool in your arsenal to build something amazing you can be analytical creative empathetic and programming allows you to express those qualities of yourself but programming in of itself is nothing special it’s like a pencil it can mark stuff down if you press on the pen so hard enough that’s it but with a pencil you can write novels draw beautiful portraits build plans for a skyscraper or anything eliminated only by your imagination you don’t learn how to program to get into Google you learn how to program to build something meaningful
something that helps real people with real problemsI’m partnered with IBM today to talk about a global initiative called call for code which calls for developers to build something impactful and have a positive change across the world through their code as you know there are hundreds and hundreds of natural disasters every year like hurricanes earthquakes floods volcanoes and wildfires those affect numerous lives and causes tremendous damage to many families around the world if you strive for the real impact we desperately need you this is why 2018 call for code global challenge is a competition that asks people like you to build solutions
to improve what we can do to reduce the disruptive impact of these natural disasters we need all kinds of technologies you like working on blockchains to build secure supply networks to help distribute aid to the people in need you’re like AI are NLP make BOTS to help real-time communications to them you’re into data science analyze and predict
what the affected population needs before they even ask for it every one of your projects will matter and it will be for an extremely good cause now, of course, it is still a competition so they have a grand prize of $200,000 not only that the project the greatest potential impact will be implemented
with the help of IBM the new LinuxFoundation the UN Human Rights and the American Red Crosssorry offers challenge so don’t forget don’t be a programmer be a problem solver going to call for code