Coders and programmers used to be the geeks, but nowadays they are the movers and shakers. The people who became fundamental in changing and improving the way in which technology works for us. Whether it’s developing apps, creating software programs or simply enhancing the tech operations in organisations, programmers form an important part to any innovative company.

Learning a new programming language can also give you a competitive edge and there are multiple ways in which you’ll benefit:

  • Learn new skills and develop your brain in a different way
  • Explore the world of technology and innovation, potentially becoming integral in changing industries and creating ground-breaking innovations
  • Develop websites, apps, software programs or work with artificial intelligence and big data

Programmers are not only tech-savvy. In today’s modern workplace they also have to manage their greatly valued computer skills in such a way that the work they do with other people will solve problems for organisations and clients. Experienced programmers will have a range of valuable, transferrable skills that they can use in almost any job. They become better at communication, teamwork, problem-solving or might even become great at presentations.

Coding and programming is a world filled with possibility, and your knowledge of coding or ability to string new code together is a sought after skill in most technologically focused organisations.

But which programming language would suit you best?

We think Python is one of the best options to choose for beginners. Here’s why and where you’ll find the best Python lessons and courses in Durban.

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Why Learn Python?

It can be quite overwhelming for a beginner to choose a programming language to learn. There are so many.

Do you only learn only one and how do you choose?

Programmers continue to learn and use code throughout their careers and, when starting out, they are exposed to a few programming languages. This helps to develop a clearer understanding of using code in isolation and in synergy with other code and programs.

They understand the basics of front-end and back-end development and topics like artificial intelligence, big data learning and systems analysis are included in most Computer Science Degrees.  If you are set on a career in ITC or programming, we recommend you complete a formal qualification that will give you this broad-based experience.

But what if you only want to try coding to see if you like it or what if you want to add coding to your list of skills for career development? 

Choosing to explore, discover and learn to use one programming language will not only give you answers to these questions, but it will also help you to remain focused and master the language much quicker.

Python continues to be one of the most popular programming languages among developers.

Here are some of the top reasons why we think you should consider Python as your first programming language to learn.

Job Opportunities and Security

As one of the fastest growing programming languages in the industry, Python skills can be a positive addition to anyone's CV. Most companies work with technology on a daily basis, and various tech companies are actively seeking out talent with developed Python skills. Python coding is thus here to stay and it is such a flexible language that people in different industries can use Python code to create new solutions or solve new problems.

Easy to Learn and Fast to Write

Python reads very similar to our written language, which not only makes it easier to read a string of code, but it also makes it faster to write your own code and work on your own projects. Most developers will agree that syntax errors and debugging, although a part of every programmer's life, is less prevalent in Python due to its simplicity. Python is also built as a generic code, allowing for object-orientated and procedural programming.

A Massive Community

Python code is at the top of the list for programming projects built in the past. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

Technology is ever-changing. Developers and programmers have always been supportive of each other and there are many experienced Python programmers to learn form. Python programmers are also high in demand right now. When you learn Python, you get to join a great community who will support and guide you through issues once you’ve mastered the basics. A significant community also ensures flexibility, development and growth of Python programming.

Learning Methods and Places to Learn Python

Durban is one of the largest cities in South Africa. With great universities and colleges in the area, you’ll be able to find a tertiary institution close to you that offers a degree, diploma or certificate in programming or the tech field you are interested in.

Online learning and international qualifications are becoming more and more accessible, if you have access to a computer and the internet. All projects, modules, classes and tutorials are online and it is sometimes easier and more cost-effective to study this way, especially for students who require flexibility in their study schedules.

Every prospective student will have to decide the study path and institution that suits their learning ambitions best. To do so you can ask yourself the following:

  • Why do you want to learn programming or coding?
  • Do you prefer on-campus studies or learning online (or a combination)?
  • Do you prefer full-time or part-time studies?
  • What budget do you have available for your studies?
  • Is learning coding as-you-go an option, or do you want a formal qualification?

University Degree in Computer Science or IT

A couple of institutions offer general degrees in the field of Computer Science or Information Technology. For students who are set on making a full-time career of computers and programming this is a good option. Your focus will not be on coding only, but you’ll cover many computer-related topics; Generally, a degree in computer science will focus on the development of computational solutions and technologies.

A degree in programming is not the only route to set yourself up for a career.  (Image Credit: Pixabay)

A degree in computer science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal can prepare you for the following careers:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer and Information System Managers

Colleges in Durban (Public and Private)

There are also other private colleges that offer bachelor degrees in IT or Computer Science in Durban. If you are interested in a formal degree you should also compare the syllabus, quality of education and costs of these options:

  • Durban Computer College DCC
  • Thekwini College
  • Durban University of Technology
  • PC Training and Business College
  • ICESA City Campus

Not all qualifications are the same. A degree at a university might be more specialised than one offered at a college, but it usually comes at a higher price.

Check whether the program you plan to study carries international accreditation and be sure you apply early and in-time for acceptance. It is also important to note what the admission requirements are before you apply, as this might lead you down a different route.

Online Studies

Studying online is an easy and versatile way for you to learn coding or study towards a degree. You’ll be able to do internationally certified degrees over a course of 3 years and international institutions like the University of Michigan, Penn University or Harvard University, have built online courses to adapt to the needs of students.

Online learning is like a virtual class where lectures, tutorials, projects and examples to reference are at your fingertips.

These courses are not very affordable for South Africans, due to the exchange rate, but certain institutions offer discounts and scholarships that are worth looking into. Bear in mind that you'll have to get accepted before you can apply for scholarships or financial aid.

What makes online studying so effective is that you can study in your own time to complete modules and programs. Start with a python course for beginners, then, when you're ready, move on to an intermediate and more advanced python program where you’ll work with artificial intelligence and big data. If you're still interested in learning more, why not continue with a different course, such as Java, to build your knowledge and skills to become the type of coder you want to be.

Most MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offer the beginner Python modules for free. This way you can research and experience whether a complete online experience will work for you. Search for a free Python course on Udemy, EdX or Coursera and try it out, it might just be the one thing to convince you that you are made for programming.

Find a Job in Durban as a Python Programmer

You start to set yourself up for your career from the moment you start your studies. Along the way you'll also discover which aspects of programming and coding you enjoy and which you dislike. A well-recognised qualification in the industry is generally favoured, but this doesn't mean that self-taught coders and programmers cannot land international jobs.

Your work history is important and people with little or no experience tend to have a bit more difficulty entering the market. We therefore recommend you start to work on coding and create innovative solutions the moment you become proficient enough. Your projects might just help to land you a job.

Using free online resources to learn python can be an easy way to open a new chapter in your career or future. (Image credit: Pixabay)

There are other important steps to take once you are ready to start your job search, like creating a CV and an online portfolio. Networking with similar professionals on LinkedIn is also important.

For now just try to focus on becoming the best coder you can be, starting with Python.

A Convenient, Cost-effective Python Tutorial or Lessons

Not all of us grasp topics and concepts at the same speed. Once you have the python basics in place you will start to string together your own code. This is where it becomes tricky at times. You’ll be challenged with syntax errors, steps in debugging or maybe you just need someone to explain the concepts in a different way?

A private Superprof tutor, proficient in Python coding and programming, can be a great supplement or addition to any studies. They will work through examples, test your code with you and make use of different methods and topics to get you Python-ready.

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