sep 25 2020 | 3 mins
Some friends of mine remarked that I wouldn't necessarily have a hard time picking up computer programming because of my proficiency in four human languages.
I took their comment as part of my arsenal for self-motivation, since it did help me muster up the courage to tackle an endeavour I had not previously had the confidence to confront.
The more I become immersed in coding, the more I come to accept that their remark can be both accurate and misplaced, depending on context.
To touch on how it's misplaced, I don't believe that I have really been able to reap the benefits of my training in multilingualism along this journey of mine.
At least not yet.
This is because, so far, I have been learning how computers work, how software architecture is designed, and how to use various technologies synchronously for collective problem solving.
To this end, I would even say that it has been more helpful to practice logical thinking, which would otherwise come from a training in critical reasoning.
With that said, I'm excited to believe that my multilingual proficiency will help me grow as an agile programmer who will adapt to the ever-changing paradigms of the programming landscape.
Computer programming is one of the most rapidly evolving fields of all times, and I am aware that different programming languages are used to tackle different problems.
For example, Marc, a family-friend of mine who used to work as a programmer at UBS for some 20 years, almost exclusively coded in COBOL, which was the hot language at the time for large financial institutions that processed a lot of transaction data.
COBOL is still used today, though Java has come into play as a modern alternative.
Now for an anedoctal reference, I have mainly been coding in Python.
Choosing Python as my introductory language was almost a no-brainer for me, given the pseudocode-like syntax and the prevalence of Python practitioners in the global community (just look up PyCon).
The latter meaning that, if I ever come across a problem while programming in Python, I would most likely be able to find an answer immediately, through a quick search on Stackoverflow.
I've had a great run with Python, and I will most certainly be coding in the language for interview preparation and for implementing my growing knowledge in data structures and algorithms.
With the switch to JS, though, I cannot be more excited to finally test out my multilingual capability in switching to a language with a whole new syntax;
and essentially a whole new means of communicating and expressing my logic to the computer. :)