Learning GIS Programming: What is your favourite way to learn coding?


GIS_ProgrammingSurveyEvery once in a while, there is an article on Flipboard or some social site highlighting the top ten reasons to learn coding or something similar. As Geogeeks, we share a rather complex relationship with programming in general, a lot of new companies and organizations are now using location data in ways “traditional” GIS hasn’t, which means that a majority of Geospatial jobs today require some level of expertise in programming, application development and software engineering.

Learning GIS Programming, your way!

Learning to create awesome twitter maps, creating that personal routing algorithm or simply to help increase your career opportunities, everyone has a different reason for wanting to improve their programming skills and everyone has a different way of learning, which brings me to the idea behind this post – “What is your favourite way to learn coding for Geospatial applications?”.

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught – Winston Churchill

What is this all about?

Programming for location-based applications is not any different than coding for some other project but the truth is, we think there is a dearth of  interesting location data based tutorials and getting started guides. Data is king, so why not put our hypothesis to test with the larger community 😉 So, yeah I went ahead and compiled a list of 6 questions, just to try and understand how everyone else in the Geospatial industry thinks and learns to code (you can suggest more questions, if you wish 🙂 ) Thanks in advance for your time and happy answering 😀

The survey is open (and won’t take more than 5 minutes) – meaning everyone can view the results of the survey. Regardless of whether you are just curious to know what everyone else thinks or if  you plan to use it to create awesome tutorials, documentation or design that killer robot that will simply do all the coding for us (now that is one good use of Artificial intelligence, don’t you think?), it’s a fun exercise and lets see “what the favorite way to learn coding for geospatial” is!

Here’s the Google form or if you prefer to go to the actual link, here’s the URL

If for some reason if you are not able to view the results after your submitted the Google Form, do let us know 🙂

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.