On Learning to Code
Once upon a time, I was riding on a bus with my friend when she told me she could speak binary code.
“Well,” I said. “That’s nice.”
I had no idea what she was talking about.
Of course I’d heard of binary code before. It had to do with computers, the ones and the zeros and whatever it was computers did with them. Computer code, binary or otherwise, was just a phrase to me then, one you threw around when talking about computer science and other things you didn’t know much about, like fourteenth-century French politics or iguanas.
But since I began working at Jive, I’ve found there’s a bit more to coding than that. There are many different kinds of code, and they do different things. I have even—be impressed—written a bit of code myself.
And this is important because computers are the future. Cliché, yes; true, you betcha. As the world becomes more and more digital, those who know how to create digital things will thrive. I’m no expert in computers, but after realizing what coding does, I can see the value of knowing even a little bit about it. If you’re playing around on Jive’s developers’ blog, chances are you already agree with me about that and are looking for somewhere to put your coding abilities to use, and that’s great. Apply with us; we want people with talent and passion for coding software, who want to use software to change the world. But if you’re not quite there yet, don’t worry. A lot of resources exist to help you in your quest to become a coder. Your future as a coder is open.