Future Of Coding: How Coding Is Influencing Every Major Field In The World Today?

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We live in a world where tech dominates almost every aspect of our lives. From controlling multiple appliances in our homes through one single device to indulging in various online entertainment sources(games, music, shows, etc. ), everything is increasingly becoming software integrated. Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube had once very aptly stated:

“From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives. If you can create technology, you can change the world.”

Even though we are enjoying the benefits of these software powered technological innovations, little do we know about what goes into making such cool developments that have made our life extremely comfortable and convenient. The magic word is ‘Coding.’

Coding is a creative process of the mind that combines mathematics, logic, and algorithms to find solutions. Large problems are broken down into smaller and more manageable fragments. This is known as Computational Thinking. Software engineers use this approach to create such software that can help solve various problems, thereby connecting human needs with the befitting benefactors. Although during the initial years of its development, (the 1960s) coding was exclusively limited to develop business and scientific applications, today, coders are using their coding skills to promote social good.

As we speak, more and more industries and organizations are adopting software that not only help them improve the efficiency of their products and services, but in the process also allow them to come up with such solutions as can make human life more convenient than ever. These pioneering solutions are the fruits of coding.

  1. Housing  and Living – Smart Homes

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Today, the housing industry is rapidly changing, all thanks to coders and the software they develop. Gone are the days of the run-of-the-mill houses, for this is the era of Smart Homes. A smart home essentially refers to a home with a centralized controlling system – all the devices in your home can be connected over a single digital home platform, and their functioning can be controlled and regulated through a smartphone or a tablet. For instance, you can set the lights, fans, air conditioners in your home to automatically switch on when you enter the room and switch off when you leave the room; you can lock your house with a click on your smartphone; with smart cameras, you can monitor what goes about in and around your house 24×7. Now, isn’t that nice? Imagine being able to control all the appliances within your home just through a click on your smartphone from anywhere in the world! This is called home automation technology which brings with it numerous advantages such as fortified home security, energy efficiency, easy accessibility, to name a few. Softwares like X10, Z-Wave, and ZigBee have made home automation a reality.

  1. Healthcare Industry

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The inclusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics is helping transform the healthcare industry by leaps and bounds. Healthcare organizations all around the world have already started using AI to understand, detect, and diagnose diseases more accurately. Google’s DeepMind technology is a great example here. Combining machine learning with neuroscience systems, it creates powerful algorithms designed to mimic the human brain and incorporate these into neural networks. Healthcare devices and wearables allow people to monitor their health, thereby, helping them to take responsibility for their health.

Robotics, on the other hand, are helping transform prosthetics. Now, patients can have advanced bionic limbs that can perform several day-to-day tasks. This will go a long way in helping differently abled people to go on with their lives just like everyone else. AI and Robotics are rooted in understanding the behavior patterns of humans and develop such machines that can act in a way a human does. Incorporating Big Data in healthcare has revolutionized the way in which medical records of patients are maintained. Everything is electronically synchronized and stored for future usage. Big Data algorithms can help predict the possibilities of diseases of a patient by analyzing his/her medical history. These technologies are the real game-changers in the industry that have greatly reduced the occurrence of chance errors in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases.

  1. Mobile Applications

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Our smartphones can help us accomplish almost 70% of our tasks with just a click. The applications that we regularly use on our phones have made our lives much easier now. Whether it is to gain knowledge and learn new things on the internet, or games and other forms of entertainment, or online shopping – there is an app for your every need. Today, learning apps have made it easier for everyone to gain knowledge about various disciplines. With so many shopping apps, we can order whatever we wish for and have it delivered to our doorstep, be it medicine, or groceries, or apparels. Online transactions have become a breeze with safe and speedy online payment apps. You no longer have to wait in the queue for a taxi, for now, you can book a cab and have it pick you up from your convenient location with apps such as Uber and Ola.

All of these groundbreaking technologies are a reality today, thanks to coding. But these are just a few examples of how coding is changing the society for the better. As technology continues to develop and progress, coding will help open new vistas in the future and who knows, we just might be able to solve some of the most pressing global problems! Needless to say, coding holds great promises for the future and the upcoming generations.

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Get ready for the ultimate summer scholarship test!

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Are you someone who’s intensely passionate about developing coding skills?

Are you looking to build a solid career as a developer?

Or, did you happen to miss our winter scholarship test and ended up regretting?

Well, fret no more! Coding Ninjas is back with another scholarship test to set your summer break right. If you’ve always wanted to get behind the subtler points of programming, this is your chance to shine!

We, at Coding Ninjas, believe that many talented and deserving individuals are just waiting for a little nudge. This scholarship is our way of motivating and rewarding all of you passionate programmers out there!

The summer Admission and Scholarship Test is scheduled to be held on online on 27th March 2018 at 9 PM. The test will cover fundamental aptitude questions, that is, general logical problems in mathematics and reasoning, which are essential to set the base right. The registration fee for the online test is ₹ 100 only!

What will you gain through this scholarship?

With this Scholarship Test, you can get up to 50% scholarship on both our online and offline foundation courses! Our faculty is comprised of graduates from top institutes such as Stanford University, IITs, IIITs, and are dedicated to creating a new generation of coders and developers.

The knowledge of Data Structures, Algorithms, and their implementations is extremely important to ensure a fulfilling career as a programmer. These concepts stay the same across various programming languages, so a thorough understanding of the same will help you switch to different languages with ease.

Through this scholarship, you’ll be able to hone these valuable skills along with the knowledge and implementation of Java and C++. Other than DS and Algorithms, the course will also dive into key concepts of programming. The aim of this course is to set your foundation correct so that not only you do well in these languages, but if you ever wish to learn a new language, you shouldn’t face much troubles.

Instructions:

  1. The test will only start at 9 PM sharp.
  1. The duration of the test will be 60 minutes, so the test will automatically close at 10 PM. In case you complete the test before the stipulated time, you can submit your test by clicking on Submit Test.*
  1. The total number of questions is 25, and the maximum score is 500 points.
  1. Each question has one correct answer.
  1. There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

So, if this is the break you’ve been waiting for – think no more and just dive in! Give it your best shot and who knows, someday you might just take the world by surprise with your programming skills!

Interested? Register for the test:

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Getting Started with Game Development

 

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To a game fanatic with a soft spot for everything technical, the mere idea of coding a game might seem like nirvana.

No wonder developers – especially the younger ones – are jumping career paths to get into game development. Game development is a rewarding and fulfilling career choice if you have an eye for the extraordinary, and the brain of a coder. However, like everything else, these skills also can be acquired by practice. The only thing you need to start off right is a creative bent of mind. With that settled, everything else will eventually fall into place.

In this article, we’ll be talking about everything you need to know before you get started with game development.

  1. Start Small:

We cannot stress this point enough. If you’ve just begun venturing this field, you should always start with small and achievable goals.

The best way is to start building simple 2D games before you move to the more hardcore 3D games. You might feel that 2D games are outdated and there’s no point in learning how to develop them. You’re not completely wrong in thinking this, but let us tell you that the basics of game development stay the same for both 2D as well as 3D games. The only difference is that you’re using much more sophisticated tools and methods while developing 3D games. However, if you want to become a proficient game developer, it’s best to start by developing simple games like Flappy Birds, Tetris, or Match-3. Developing these basic games will not only give you ample confidence, but also set your base right.

2. Choose your platform:

The basics of programming will come in very handy during your journey of game development. However, there are tonnes of drag and drop tools having a WYSIWYG editor which eliminate most of the complexities of game development.

Before you proceed, decide on a game development platform and language. Are you comfortable with hardcore programming? If not, do you wish to learn? Or, do you want to master some drag and drop tools to build your games?

Let’s have a look at what options do you have:

  • Drag and Drop tools: Construct, Stencyl, GameMaker, etc. are names of tools that provide a drag-and-drop interface for you to build your game quickly. Mainly, if you’re using these tools, you’re performing “visual programming.” These tools allow you to completely forget the syntactic aspect and instead focus on the gameplay features. It is okay for lesser complex games, but when the complexity increases and you want some freedom, these tools are sorely lacking.
    • Classic Approach: Classic game development approach means developing games using C/C++, OpenGL/SDL. It is one of the most challenging routes but provides a lot of freedom and customizability as you write the code from scratch. However, there’s a significant plus point in taking this route – after this, you’ll be able to take any other approach heads-on and create quality games.
    • “Managed” approach: Learning C# is easier than learning C or C++ as you don’t have to worry about memory management. Using C# with Tao, SL, or XNA is a managed approach. However, for more complex games, you’ll have to solve memory optimization problems yourself later on. There are some excellent 2D libraries for game development following this route – XNA and MonoGame are some of them.
    • “Middleware” approach: Middleware approach uses tools like Unity3D, Shiva, DarkBASIC, etc. This is one of the faster ways of getting started with game development. Unity3D uses c# and has extensive support regarding documentation, plugins, and examples. DarkBasic, on the other hand, uses a variant of the BASIC language and is even more straightforward to learn that Unity3D.
    • “Specialized” game development: Tools like FPS creator, RPG maker, etc. allow you to create one specific type of games. However, with ingenuity and mods, you can customize them to some extent. Though, without control of the source code, this approach is much weaker than the others in terms of customizability and flexibility.
    • HTML5 and JavaScript engines: JavaScript gaming libraries like ImpactJS, PhaserJS, LimeJS, etc. are gaining popularity these days. The major reason for this is that these libraries are extremely easy to get and implement, and the only prerequisite to using them is knowing JavaScript.
    • Mobile games: The tools like Unity3D, Stencyl, and HTML5/JS solutions allow seamless cross-platform deployment. However, if you want to deploy native iOS games,, you may choose to learn either Cocos2D or Sparrow (for iOS). 

3. Introspect a bit:

Now that you have an idea of what tools you can use depending on your requirements, you need to introspect. Formulate your approach, and ask questions like – “what sort of games do I want to make?”, and “what is my commitment level?”

If you feel you are fully committed to facing any hurdle that falls your way, then game development is for you. Pick out any one tool from the above list and go crazy!

4. Go, make a game:

Now that you’ve picked your tool, introspected thoroughly, and formulated a plan, it’s time to get going! There are extensive tutorials for any of the tools you pick. Go through them sincerely. Learn enough to develop simple games like Tetris or Match-3. Be it Unity, C, C++, or JavaScript, the knowledge you gain by making these basic games will be very helpful when you build more complex games.

With this, the world of game development is open to you. Now, you have enough knowledge to take your first steps towards developing a kick-ass game!

How Soon Is Too Soon? The Right Age To Begin Coding

Living in the Digital Age, we can no longer undermine the importance of programming and coding for kids. Technology drives almost everything in today’s world, and undoubtedly, it will continue to dominate every field in the future as well. Software has become a universal language of the world.

Children need to be introduced to the coding and programming world in the early stages of their life itself. It is a known fact that children under the age of seven have enhanced learning skills and can rapidly grasp new concepts, such as new languages. So, why not encourage them to learn the languages of the technology world?

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The idea here is not to create a generation of software engineers, but to promote computational thinking – a creative process of the mind that helps find solutions to big problems through a combination of maths, algorithms, and logic. Stimulating this kind of thought process will prepare children for both the present and the future. Computational thinking will lay the base for a better understanding of algorithms, recursion, and heuristic techniques in kids. In fact, educational experts are calling coding ‘the new literacy,’ – understanding and learning its basics are just as essential as learning alphabets.  

In 2016, former President of the United States, Barack Obama launched the “Computer Science For All” initiative, with the aim to empower all American students with the basic knowledge of computer science and computational skills. He explained:

“We live in a time of extraordinary change, change that’s affecting the way we live and the way we work. New technology replaces any job where work can be automated.  Workers need more skills to get ahead. These changes aren’t new, and they’re only going to accelerate. So the question we have to ask ourselves is, ‘How can we make sure everyone has a fair shot at success in this new economy?’”

The answer is simple: Computer Science.

Here are a few reasons why we should encourage children to learn the language of programming and coding.

  1. It boosts creativity

As mentioned earlier, coding is essentially a creative process that engages the mind in thinking and deliberating on plausible ideas. When the boundless imagination of children is complemented by coding, an instrument holding immense possibilities, one can only expect astounding results. Through experimentation with their unique ideas, kids can keep their brain engaged – and in the process, polish their creative skills.

  1. It helps improve cognitive skills

In the course of coding and programming, children begin to visualize abstract concepts, sharpen their mathematical, written, and verbal skills. With every mistake and challenge, they learn to figure out new and possible solutions for a particular problem. With time, kids develop enhanced concentration and organizational power.

  1. It prepares children to be smart individuals of the Smart Age

As kids will learn the language of programming, they will also learn more about technology, its advantages, and disadvantages. Kids aren’t strangers to smart devices such as smartphones, iPads, or the Xbox. As they begin to understand these technologies, they can better evaluate the pros and cons of a specific technology and use it to their benefit.

  1. Increasing demand for coders and software engineers

As our world continues to become increasingly software integrated, the demand for coders and programmers is on the rise. So, learning to master the art of coding isn’t at all a bad idea after all!

Many universities and educational institutions in the West have already warmed up to this idea and have developed children-friendly softwares that help them learn the language of programming in a fun and engaging way. For instance, Blockly by Google and Scratch by MIT are paving the way for the coders of tomorrow. While Blockly allows kids to create computer games through a drag-and-drop technique, Scratch is a visual programming language that introduces them to basic programming concepts through the creation of games, videos, and music.

Coding is no longer the stereotyped cup-of-tea of the nerds – rather, it is one of the coolest language one can learn today. It is a stepping stone to creating solutions that can go a long way to solve the pressing problems of the world. So, guiding our children on this path and preparing them for the times to come seems like the right way to go!

You can kickstart your junior champ’s coding skills with Coding Ninjas’ Junior Courses.

A step-by-step walk through of your first HTML page

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HTML is short for HyperText Markup Language.Basically, it’s the “code” behind every webpage – even this one. If you’re just beginning to learn HTML, let us tell you that it’s a fairly easy task. HTML, without styling, can’t do anything more than setting a layout, drawing a table, or creating frames – but it is handy as it helps you structure the content correctly, which is important when you sit down to add style to your HTML.

However simple this might seem, it is a mighty useful tool when it comes to full-fledged web development. Various tools easily eliminate the HTML coding from your work process – but if you want to be in full control of your web-page, you’ll need to have some command over HTML.

Through this article, we aim to give you the essential HTML building blocks that’ll help you get up and running. Reading this, you’ll be able to understand an HTML source code and even modify it for your own good!

Step One – Tags

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Tags are what you’ll see the most when you look at any HTML source code. A tag can ideally be seen as a wrapper to any item on your HTML document. Tags tell what magic is to be done on the content enclosed by them.

Let’s look at two types of tags:

  1. <tag-example-1>I need a closing tag </tag-example-1>
  2. <tag-example-2>I don’t need a closing tag.

In the first example, the sentence is wrapped by two tags. The first one is called the opening tag and the second one is called the closing tag. Everything in between is affected by the properties of the tag. Very commonly used examples of such tags are <html>, <head>, <body>, <strong>, etc.

The second example tags about loner tags – as in, they don’t need a closing tag to function. Although it’s not required, these type of tags are often written as <tag /> to make the debugging of code easier. Common examples of such tags are <hr> – used for horizontal line, <br> – to break the line, etc.

Step Two – HTML, HEAD, and BODY: The three pillars of your document

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These tags are essential for any HTML document. They parcel out the significant parts of your HTML code.

  • <HTML></HTML> wraps your entire code. Everything else in your HTML document needs to come inside these tags.
  • <HEAD></HEAD> includes things like title, styles, and scripts. Head is usually present at the top (hah!), just inside the <HTML> tag.
  • <BODY></BODY> is placed below your <HEAD> tag, and everything that you want to be displayed on your screen comes under this tag. Text, images, links, and pretty much anything you can see in your browser live inside this tag.

Step three – A few tags that’ll make your page pretty

Now that you know how to set up the skeleton of your document, let’s proceed with the things that will go inside your <BODY> tag and do some magic!

Some basic text formatting tags:

  • <b></b> makes your text look bold
  • <i></i> makes you write in cursive
  • <u></u> underlines what you just wrote

For example, this piece of code


<html>

   <head></head>

   <body>

       <i> I am italics! </i><br>

       <b>I am bold!</b><br>

       <u>And me, well, I’m underlined!</u><br>

   </body>

</html>


 

Should produce something like this on your browser: Don’t fret too much about the <br>. It’s just for breaking the line so that you can start from the next line. Enter key does little when it comes to changing lines in your HTML document.

Tags to help you structure your content:

  • <br> breaks the line, making you continue to the next line
  • <p> stands for paragraph. It divides your content into paragraphs

Note: you need to use these tags as space and enter keys do very little when it comes to formatting content inside an HTML document.

Heading Tags:

HTML provides you with six tags, from <H1></H1> to <H6></H6> to help you create different sized headers quickly.

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Inserting an Image:

All that’s good, but what fun without images on the webpage? Don’t worry, <IMG /> to the rescue! The image tag has a mandatory attribute called “source”. Basically, it tells the browser where it should look for the image. The syntax goes something like:

<img src = “path_to_your_image” />

Furthermore, it also has attributes like height and width that let you specify the height and width you want your image to take.

Lists:

HTML has two types of lists – ordered and unordered. Each item of your list has to be enclosed in a <li> tag. The syntax for creating a list is fairly simple.

Suppose you want to create a list like:

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

The following code will easily do the job for you:


<ul>

<li> Item 1 </li>

<li> Item 2 </li>

<li> Item 3 </li>

</ul>


 

This, by the way, was an example of an unordered list. For an ordered list, all you need to do is replace <ul> with <ol> and </ul> with </ol>.

Let’s see what the following code does:


<html>

   <head></head>

   <body>

       <ul>

        <li>I am unordered list’s item 1</li>

        <li>I am unordered list’s item 2</li>

        <li>I am unordered list’s item 3</li>

        <li>I am unordered list’s item 4</li>

       </ul>

       <ol>

        <li>I am ordered list’s item 1</li>

        <li>I am ordered list’s item 2</li>

        <li>I am ordered list’s item 3</li>

        <li>I am ordered list’s item 4</li>

       </ol>

   </body>

</html>


Yes, you’ve guessed it right. It’ll produce two lists – one unordered and one ordered. Quite like the screenshot below:

All of these tags, when arranged coherently, will provide you with a simple webpage consisting of images, headings, and lists. Further, there are various tags that HTML supports, and we thoroughly recommend you to check them out and play with them!

In Conclusion

You now know enough to skim through and understand any part of an HTML code. We request you to go ahead and try skimming through the source code of any website (you’ll find some tags you don’t know, but that’s how you learn!). Oh, and welcome to the world of web development. With HTML under your belt, your next stop should be making your page look beautiful using CSS.

Let us know if you had any problems in the article, and don’t forget to have a look at a source code or two!

 

Popular Programming Languages Leading the List For Beginners

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We hear so many people saying that it’s necessary for everyone to learn the basics of coding. They’re saying it for a good reason! If you understand coding, you can figure out how technology is shaping the world around us. Modern life revolves around digital empowerment, so having a grasp of programming concepts is always a good idea.

Understanding the development process is also a plus point for anyone owning a business – it makes understanding your site or tech product a lot clearer. But outshining all these advantages is the most obvious one – being a programmer is a great career opportunity. The demand for good computer programmers is at an unprecedented high, and we can safely assume that this is not going to change for the next few decades. Because the supply of coders (again, good coders!) does not equal the demand for them, pay packages for coders are attractive. A career in programming is an excellent decision because it’s well-paying and fulfilling. Courses in programming are the way to go for the millennial trying to build an awesome career for themselves!

There are, however, many programming languages for the eager learner to get his hands on. There are so many low level and high level languages because they are all written for different purposes – some are used to write desktop software, while some are used to solve complex scientific problems. While there are hundreds of important languages, let us isolate five of the most popular programming languages and take a closer look at them to understand more about them.

Java

 

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Java is one of the most popular programming languages we have today, and there are more than 9 million developers worldwide. However, it is considered to be a complex language, and its syntax (derived syntax from C and C++) is also long and verbose. Java was designed for portability, which means it runs exactly the same on systems with completely different specifications! This makes porting easier – but interpreting bytecode into machine instruction means that Java programs are normally slower than C++. However, Just-In-Time compilers, other language features, and other optimizations in the Java virtual machine have improved the execution speed of Java programs.

Java is one of the most secure language due to it’s strongly-typed form, and ends up being used for a variety of use-cases, such as:

  • E-commerce websites
  • android apps
  • electronic trading systems
  • games, and more.

There is no limit to the number of job opportunities that proficiency in Java brings – and it is widely acknowledged that Java is the most important thing to have happened to the IT industry since C ++.

Ruby on Rails

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Ruby is the equivalent of Java and C++, and keeps the needs of coders in mind. Consequently, it is easy to learn and has a lot of supporting codebases. It has become popular throughout the web through the Ruby on Rails framework. Ruby on Rails (or simply Rails) is a framework that helps with web development.  RoR promotes the use of web standards like JSON or XML for data transfer and HTML for UI. It is a model-view-controller framework to organize application programming. Web applications can be built very easily using RoR, and all companies (from startups to larger MNCs are understanding its benefits. Examples of some top companies using Ruby on Rails are:

  • Shopify
  • Bloomberg
  • Groupon
  • Soundcloud.

C++

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C++ is an intermediate-level language that is gaining popularity, and it incorporates both high-level and low-level language features. C++ is a good language for a beginner because it helps with concept-building. Because it is possible to write C++ in ‘C-style’, it is also a good example of a hybrid language. Medical industries and engineering industries regularly use C++. Other areas of real world C++ application are:

  • Web browsers
  • Compilers
  • GUI-based applications like
    • Photoshop
    • Adobe Premier
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Image Ready

Python

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Python is one of the fastest-growing major programming languages. The main reason for a number of developers switching full-time to python is the incredible readability and flexibility it offers. Written in simple English-like statements, Python allows the developers to exercise their logical skills while focusing the least on the syntax (which is pretty much non-existent in case of Python). There are a wide range of libraries and frameworks written in Python which makes it an undeniable asset in the programming world today. Some of the real world applications of Python are:

  • Web Development
  • Machine learning – for visualizing complex data
  • Text editors:
    • Sublime text
    • Koding
    • NetBeans
    • PyCharm
  • Video Game development
  • GUI-based applications
    • OpenShot video editor
    • BitTorrent
  • Web crawling

Go

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Go, short for Golang, is unlike Python, Java, or C++ in terms that it doesn’t follow object-oriented programming approach. In that manner, it comes closest to the good-old C. Most of the modern programming languages find their roots in the ’90s single-threaded environment. Because of that, performing real problems like concurrent execution, thread-locking, race conditions and deadlocks, etc., require a multi-threaded environment. Go was created in 2009 when multi-core processors were being extensively used. That is why, Go is built keeping concurrency in mind. Here are some applications of the Go language:

  • Handling concurrent web requests
  • Developing automation and command-line tools
  • Producing maintainable code

Proficiency in any one of these languages goes a long way in ensuring a great career. They require concentration, focus, and time – but ultimately are very rewarding. Part of the reason is that there is not ONE industry that does not require coding at the moment; finance, manufacturing, and health care are three examples of areas where coding skills are highly valued. For the future coding expert, we can only welcome you to a world of unbelievable opportunities!

 

Improve your productivity using these life-hacks

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Some days, do you feel like you could’ve done more?

Maybe written a few more lines of code. Added a couple of new features. Completed more tasks. Or simply just done more work.

All these questions leave you feeling a little…incomplete? Almost like you’ve wasted the time you had?

…Sounds familiar?

Well, if it does, rest assured – it doesn’t have to be this way. Just a little tweaking of your work-habits will allow you to leave work feeling satisfied with what you’ve accomplished in the day!


Let’s see what all you can inculcate in your daily routine to make your life smoother.

  1. Avoid multiple tabs

You might not acknowledge this fact, but keeping multiple tabs open is one of the biggest thieves of your time. You often find an interesting article that ends up staying in your browser’s tab for months. As a result of this, you end up having 50+ tabs open across five different browser windows.

Always keep in mind that your browser is not a place to manage your reading backlogs – especially if your work requires you to access the browser multiple times. To catch up with your favorite articles that you’ve kept open, you can use special applications or tools that can help take care of all the articles, podcasts, or videos. Also, there’s a special feature in your browser, not sure if you’re aware of it – it’s called the BOOKMARK.

Yes, bookmark all the things you “might want to read” in the future, but don’t keep them open in the browser. Especially if your work requires you to practically live on the browser, make sure you don’t have more than 8-10 tabs open in front of you at any particular moment.

  1. Allocate time for daily and weekly planning

Ideally, you should plan your workload at least one week ahead. Try focusing only on your top goals and priorities and then break them down into further smaller tasks.

Then, for each task, estimate the priority. This way, you will get the most important things sorted first – this will leave no scope for you missing out on valuable items. Also, while planning, remember to leave a few slots empty so that you can update your plans in case a new task springs up.

  1. Design a plan for learning and development

For a programmer, it’s essential to stay up to date with the changes in technology (at least the one you’re working on). This demands continuous learning – which is vital for your professional growth. Regardless of experience, there’s always something new you can learn to step up your game. However, there’s one problem – the sheer abundance of things you can learn and digest.

For this, ideally, you should prepare ahead of time. Defining your learning goals and revising them at least once a month will help you strategize and prioritize better. Schedule what to learn when, and avoid jumping from one thing to the other.

  1. Start with the hardest task

This hack is probably the most heard of – yet the least followed. If you want to have a relaxed and a productive workday, always start with your biggest, hardest, and the most critical task.

You often have those mornings where you find yourself drinking coffee and checking emails before you tune in to the work state. As a result, the enthusiasm vanishes, along with some of the valuable time that you could’ve spent getting some stuff done. Instead, do the following –

  • Create a to-do list for the day.
  • Choose the three most important tasks from this list.
  • Pick out the toughest job out of those three, and try to wrap it up the first thing in the day.
  1. Minimise distractions

Again, this goes without saying. To be more productive, you’ll need to learn how to avoid the daily distractions like Facebook notifications, WhatsApp messages, or any such thing. Context switching always takes time(as you’ll learn in our classes!), and when it’s for something as trivial as checking your Facebook notification, it’s not even worth the time. If you look at every email you receive while working, you will be significantly less productive.

Instead, create special filters for high-priority and emergency situations. To add to this, try avoiding Facebook (or any social media, for that matter) entirely while at work – unless necessary. Also, don’t be afraid to reject the people who come to your desk unless it ranks high enough on your work-priority.

  1. Create batches of everyday tasks

Some tasks need to be performed daily but take up a lot of time – like, sending emails. Of course, responding to client emails is necessary. However, if you pause some important work you’re doing to respond to a mail, you’ll have broken up your flow – and eventually, your productivity will decline.

Batch all the repetitive activities. For example, dedicate 30 minutes of your day to deal with emails and/or other communications.

  1. Limit meetings

At meetings, the team members wait for their turn to update the project status. And, when the others talk, they either plan what to say or daydream about the upcoming weekend.

If you decide to have a meeting, make sure there’s a fixed agenda, and all participants are on the same page before the meeting. This will save a lot of time during the session. Also, a good practice would be to instruct your team against carrying their cellphones to the meetings. There’s no point to it – slows down the progress of a meeting (and is invariably quite rude).

  1. Review your coding habits

If you feel you are not following some standard coding practices that might ease up your work, it’s a great idea to ask some senior developer from your workplace to have a look at your coding habits. You might receive helpful advice that can make you a lot more efficient.

  1. Don’t forget to follow up

Some of the projects might get blocked if the person you’ve assigned them to doesn’t receive a revert from you. Always remember to follow up at the end of the day – to check if everything is under control, and if the day’s agenda is sorted or not.

You should keep following up with your client too, if you have any open queries, and not just with your employees. If you’ve followed up and they haven’t replied, wait for a while and follow up again.

  1. Take a break

Yes. REST is not just for APIs – it’s for you as well. Development is a mental exercise – one that requires your utmost time, effort, and focus.

If you keep working for a long duration without taking breaks, the quality of your work will be compromised. It’s a better idea to work in small batches, take a break, and then start work refreshed. Otherwise, you might feel overloaded with anxiety which will directly hamper your work. Also, because you spend practically the entire day in front of a screen, it’s recommended you get a good night’s sleep. Any compromise on this will adversely affect your productivity the next day.

In Conclusion…

If you’re one of those who strives to be more productive each day – these tricks will not only make you more productive, but will also make you more disciplined in your work. Go ahead, try these out, and let us know your experience. Do you have some awesome life hacks to share? Drop them in the comments below!