Why you need to learn coding
You’re a business owner. A busy one with a hundred things to think about. Why would you want to know anything about software coding? Because every single aspect of your business strategy requires tools to execute it. These tools now run on code. If entrepreneurs are the engines of the economy, technology is the fuel.
Do you want to make smart investment decisions and understand the ROI on your accounting, CRM, sales tools, cloud computing, and operating software? If the answer is yes you need to know something about code. You need to know what you are investing in and how it is created and maintained. Bad decisions can hold your business back and possibly sink it. Great ones can help you crush your competition.
All business software is moving to SaaS (service as a software) that you access on the cloud via a browser or mobile app. So, I am going to look at the coding for websites and their sisters, apps. They are what you are going to do business on from now on.
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Coding seems complicated and it is a discipline that requires intelligence. There is no doubt about it. There is a shortage of coders and they make big money. But you don’t need to know how to code. You just need to understand the main principles behind coding.
Here’s how I did it
Do this to learn coding principles. Download and complete the course in the Hour of Code App for iPads or iPhones. If you are on another platform check out Code Academy on the web. They are fighting to make sure every student in our country learns how to code. These programs will help you understand the concepts of coding. And that is what you need.
Bookmark this post as a resource to refer to later. But for today, read this post and the two articles below. This will give you a good overview of the code that makes up your website. It also runs the sites you use every day for every aspect of your business.
Coding is one of today’s most important job skills
These posts contain generalized information for people who want to learn to code. Or improve their coding. Or want to help their children or grandchildren pursue it as a career skill.
Save it for later – your coding library
Here’s a list of posts to serve as a reference library. Peruse these at your leisure for the topics you are interested in.
Thinking comprehensively about design
Like any product on earth, the thing that sets the winners apart from the losers is your site’s usefulness to the visitor. That’s why User Experience and User Interface are two of the most critical elements of any successful product. This includes your website.
The building blocks of a website’s code
These posts are mainly for web designers and developers who want to learn coding that makes websites work. But if you are technology savvy they will be of interest to you as well.
Github: the go-to warehouse of coding
GitHub is where developers store the components of the code they use to build your website’s functionality. It is a library of code that other developers can use and improve upon.
The future of coding
The tools covered in this post are the way more and more website designs will start.
If you want to learn to code
If you would like to learn to code it’s never too late to learn.
Design and coding strategy
Finally, these posts look at the structure of your website’s content.
Summing it up
Understanding the principles of coding is vital to making intelligent decisions that affect every aspect of your business. It can be intimidating. But like any challenge, if you take it on bit by bit you can gain the knowledge you need to succeed in today’s digital business environment.
Check out this video which sums it up nicely.
Check out my Flipboard magazine – Coding is Living.
Here are links for the rest of the Marketing Essentials series via Twitter.