The Importance Of Programming Today
The first industrial revolutions meant a change from mostly manual and artisanal production to automatic production, which considerably increased our supply capacity and, consequently, the demand for all kinds of merchandise. Slowly we were also transforming intellectual work, calculations, plans, writing, research, etc. integrating them into technological processes that would shorten the times necessary to complete them.
In this way, the importance of computers became the protagonist, the productivity that we found in their implementation was not a small thing, and the more complex we made them, the more experts and computer interpreters we needed. The internet arrived to solidify and supercharge that importance, programming languages multiplied the possible functions of computers and the exponential principle of technology ended up putting one in everyone’s pocket. What then is programming? What does it consist of and what is its true importance in the new societies?
The Continuing Computing Revolution
These are equivalent to logical toolboxes that use the architecture of a particular system (such as a cell phone, computer, or game console) to automate operations with a specific purpose in mind. However, more than simple mathematical processes on a screen, due to the wide range of uses that can be given to them, programming has become professionalized to such an extent that, for many, it is a basic knowledge like mathematics or the native language.
The Argentine researcher Alicia Banuelos states that “learning to program stimulates perseverance, dedication, effort and tenacity; building confidence and persistence in children, youth and adults that allows them to face new challenges and problems in all walks of life.”
Considering the imposition that software and its industry have achieved around the world, it is also a very profitable skill regardless of the business line to which it is dedicated. Year after year, thousands of programming jobs open up, estimating that this year in the United States alone, more than 1 million jobs were opened specifically as software developers.
And although a layer of skepticism still persists on the part of certain sectors, the truth is that it is already impossible to ignore programming. The replacement of manual activities and their integration with electronic processes does nothing but increase and, in reality, as a result of social distancing, cybernetics are gaining more ground every day, this being one of the most important factors for the sharp rise in the demand for verbose programmers in the most popular languages.