Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Aspergers: Why Programming?

I know, I know... the stereotype of the Aspie programmer is a hard one to bear for ASD folk not inclined to computers. However, there are three reasons that I want you to consider regarding programming:
  1. A level of oddity is expected from programmers in general making things easier for the behaviors that might hold you back in other jobs
  2. Scarcity is the rule for programmers so jobs are easier to come by, with less competition and more opportunity
  3. Pay is generally better than average
I know it is hard for some of us to overcome the barrier of doing something we do not love but think of it as supporting yourself to do what you really want to do. And if comes down to it would you rather sling coffee or create things?

It can be a daunting task to learn the languages on your own. Google is an extremely useful tool when you combine the name of the programming language and 'tutorial' in the search. And open source projects offer an ability to hone your skills along with more experience programmers.

However, I found a more interactive form of learning recently on Reddit and Stackoverfow. Stack overflow is straight forward, enter your question and check back for answers or search for someone else who had the same question. Reddit has some sub-reddits (i.e. sub-categories) like Learn ProgrammingLearning Programming Resources and Programming. Due to the voting nature of the site useful content rises to the top and with so many people answering questions you gain the help offered by Stack Overflow.

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