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How Programmers Learn to Code


New coders first select a programming language.

HackerRank's 2018 Developer Skills Report found, among other things, that most coders' programming skills are self-taught.

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Most coders' programming skills are self-taught, and more than a quarter of 39,441 surveyed developers wrote their first piece of code before they were 16 years old, according to HackerRank's 2018 Developer Skills Report.

"Even though 67 percent of developers have computer science degrees, roughly 74% said they were at least partially self-taught," the report notes.

Respondents know four languages on average, but they want to learn four more. Broken down generationally, developers between the ages of 18 and 24 plan to learn six languages, while developers older than 35 only plan to learn three.

Overall, the poll found developers cited a good work-life balance, followed by professional growth and learning, as the most desired requirements from employers. Developers 25 and older rated work-life balance as most important, while those between 18 and 24 gave it a less-important rating.

"Developers want work-life balance, but they also have an insatiable thirst and need for learning," the report says.

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