The White Belt

For this week’s blog I have decided to write about the chapter called “The White Belt” from out textbook. The context of this chapter is that you have developed a deep understanding of your first language but have plateaued and you are rather comfortable with that spot. I find this to be exactly where I am now. I have spent four years writing in Java a majority of the time. I would say that Java is the language I feel most comfortable in, and have the strongest understanding of how it works. Other languages that we have touched upon in my college career such as C and typescript/javascript, I am not as comfortable in because of this lack of depth of knowledge in these languages. This leads us to the problem portion of the chapter, which is that we have problems gaining knowledge of new things when we are coming from a position of comfort. The book points out a fear of personal development coming to a halt, and I think that rings true with me. I am afraid that once I leave college I will not learn as much as I need/want to. I am afraid of being a “one trick pony” with Java. What if my job requires me to code in C? C++? Any other language? I feel right now in this minute that if this were the case, I would be able to get by, but just barely and not very comfortably. And that is a feeling I do not want to have every Monday through Friday in my career! So how do we fix this issue of complacency? The book starts off the solution with a quote from Star Wars, which I thought was genius. The quote is, “You must unlearn what you have learned”. Now this doesn’t mean go and forget Java and all of its syntaxes and learn another language completely. This means unlearn your learning habits, keep your knowledge of Java but also learn to gain a knowledge of another language. Keep doing this, and soon enough you will be a master of programming. I find this solution to be rather comforting as I also find myself in this position of plateau quite often. I am hoping to continue my education of coding long after I leave college.

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