15 Programming Myths You Definitely Didn’t Know About

By Emily Henry – In this day and age coding is absolutely everywhere. In fact, most things you use in your day to day, from cars to laptops to public transport, heavily depend on coding. Coding is becoming so significant to humans that children arebeing taught how to code as early as in pre-school! Moreover, as students go through their studies, real-world problem-solving opportunities are increasingly centered on coding and STEM. Programming and coding are now such an integral part of everyday life, it’s no longer just up to the nerds.

With so much talk about coding, you may have come across a few myths and legends about the world of coding, but there are plenty of other myths that remain unknown to most people. This article is going to visit fifteen programming myths you definitely didn’t know about, so read on to discover what they are.

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1 Coding Bugs were NOT named after an actual bug.

It wouldn’t be THAT random if coding bugs were named after actual bugs right? Well, wrong. The myth comes from a tale of a technician in 1947 that discovered a moth inside the Mark II computer that was causing it to have trouble running. In reality the term bug was used a long time before that, as far back as 1869 when inventors used the term to describe problems within their own inventions.

2 Good coders work 24/7

As Daniela Anderson, a web developer at Simplegrad and Essay Services, puts it- “You may be picturing the Hollywood style of coding nerds eating junk food and never moving away from their computers, even to use the bathroom! In reality, coders, like anyone else, have families and lives outside their jobs!”

3 Offshoring will save you money

Untrue! Offshoring requires more training, more communication and usually involves a higher turnover rate, meaning your in house team will have to pick up the slack anyways!

4 You need to be good at math to be a good coder

Unless you work in gaming, coding actually only requires a relatively basic level of algebra. Lucy Lynn, a business writer at Ratedwriting and Writing Populist says- “Some areas of coding are actually more favourable towards people that can think more critically and creatively”.

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5 Developers are geniuses

Once again, not necessarily. Dedication and training make the best developers, and even the most skilled ones come across hurdles and frustration sometimes!

6 You can master a language in a matter of weeks

Just like when learning spoken languages, you may be able to use the basics and even hold a conversation but it’s simply impossible to master it in such a short time. Coding is exactly the same!

7 It’s not a creative field

Whilst coding is a technical job that requires a level of procedure and admin, it’s also a very creative field that can yearn incredibly artistic and cultural results, such as gaming, animation for films and art!

8 Developers have no social skills

Another myth perpetrated by Hollywood, coders are depicted to be socially awkward nerds with no social skills that just sit in front of their computers without a break. Coders can be as introverted or as extroverted as anyone else in any other profession. Coding can also be a very collaborative field and many coders work in big teams that require them to have efficient communication skills and social capabilities.

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9 Programming is boring

Every job has parts of it that may not feel like they’re the most stimulating, and may be boring. Unfortunately that is part of work and not necessarily exclusive to coding. Boredom is also very subjective, so what you may find to be terribly boring may be incredibly exciting for someone else and vice versa!

 10 A developer’s career ends when they turn 35

Unfortunately this myth doesn’t come out of nowhere. Ageism has been an issue in the industry as younger developers are regarded to have fresher, more useful knowledge than senior ones, but this doesn’t mean once you turn 35 your career in coding is over. Continuing to learn and keeping updated on new languages and trends is the best way to stay in the loop!

11 Writing more code is better

Coding isn’t like brick laying. Writing lines on top of lines on top of lines of code doesn’t automatically make it better. Hiring a cheap coder that will pump out code will probably leave you with a messy programme and tons of bugs you’ll need to fix!

12 Young developers act like they’re “it”

Something that probably happens in other fields of work where younger talent is naturally flavored, such as in sport. It’s not true that every single young developer will be arrogant, there are many that are very eager to learn from the senior staff.

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13 Coding doesn’t pay well

There is big money on coding! Developers are actually amongst the best paid in companies and businesses.

14 All coding is done on binary

Simply not true, coding languages are varied and not exclusively 1s and 0s.

15 Coding dumbs you down

Staring at a screen all day may be bad for your eyesight but it won’t dumb you down, in fact there is research to suggest that coding greatly helps with memory, mental sharpness and cognitive skills, as well as potentially helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease!


Emily Henry is a writer at Academized Review. She is also a web developer and editor at Dissertation Services and Student Writing Services. emily.u.henry[@]gmail.com


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