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Why programming? Why learn programming?  

By Don Morrison, programmer and co-owner, Reno Collective,
and Extended Studies Computer Programming instructor

"They say that in Thailand there is a different Pad Thai recipe for every cook."
— Alton Brown, "Your Pad Thai or Mine," Good Eats Season 9

Like Pad Thai recipes, every programmer has their own answer to why programming? and that answer changes over time. I've always enjoyed solving problems. The rush that comes with the solution is hard to beat. The more challenging the problem, the bigger the reward. Take a challenging issue, break it down, work it through, repeat for days, and then figure it out. Do you feel that? Cheer! Dance!

Years ago I would have said that programming is a way to make a decent living. That still holds true, perhaps even more now. The jobs in this field pay well relative to other industries. The median annual income for programmers in 2012 was $74,280, compared to $34,750 for all workers. Anecdotally, I know of several unfilled positions in our area right now. They are unfilled because the programmers in Washoe County who could do the job are already spoken for — and happy. Did you catch that? Well paid, busy and happy. Rough life, right? Read more »


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