Impact of COVID on Coding Processes and Practices

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November 28,2020 - 6 min read
Impact of Covid on coding processes and practices

Until unless you are living under a rock, you would know that a virus is roaming around, entering human bodies and causing distress. The Corona virus has brought upon drastic changes in the way we lived. Will we restore to normalcy once the virus goes away or the change is here to stay? This is a question that only time can answer but one thing is for sure that unfortunately COVID-19 is on a voyage that is not yet over.

COVID-19 forced us to look at alternative ways to live and make a living. Work from Home is biggest transformation that professionals and executives adopted which enabled them to make a smooth transformation in the midst of a global lockdown.

When we talk about the corona virus and the disruption it caused, there are umpteen things to lament or rejoice (for all the introverts who love the comfort of their homes). However, in today’s blog we are going to restrict ourselves and only explore the impact of COVID on coding processes and practices.

Coding is basically the process of communicating with the computer in one of the languages that it can understand. The first mention of programming languages can be dated back to the 1950’s and you can gauge for yourself the approximate time when people first began to code. The base of the modern technology that we use today was curated back in the time when people first began to code and communicate with computers in a different set of languages.

In today’s time coding is perceived as a coveted skill. There is much hype about the promising career that coding can offer. The pandemic accentuated the importance and career prospects of coding because the IT industry was one of the few sectors that registered growth even in the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic.

One can say that coding has become popular in the times of COVID. There has been an increase in the number of online coding courses literally for every age group. Students are taking up coding from as young as 7 years old and older students are looking to graduate in computers and hence are paying special attention to coding and professionals are mending their ways to become more efficient in coding in bait of a brighter future.

The fact is that although coding has gained popularity in the times of COVID but it was playing an important part since a couple of decades. The entire IT industry is balanced on efficient algorithms, right set of data structures and a logic that does the task well. The industry, just like any other, has not been isolated from the virus. Let’s discuss the change that IT professionals especially programmers and developers had to go through so that they you can continue to avail the benefits of technology from the comfort of your homes. Before getting into the details, we should give a silent salute to all the developers who kept you entertained even in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

Coding and COVID

Every industry has some good and bad points to discuss after the pandemic. There was a negative growth rate for some sectors and some actually thrived in the pandemic. As we near the end of 2020, some are crying, some ae smiling and some are balancing themselves in between both the extremes. We hope that with the advent of a vaccine, as we move on from this crisis, the technology industry will continue to grow unprecedentedly.

The coding industry was both positively and adversely affected by the pandemic. It depends on the type of company and the quality and efficiency of workers and professionals working in it. While it’s easy to say that COVID was all about unwanted disruptions, it is important to scrape out the positivity amongst the negativity.

In the next section of the blog, we discuss the positive and the negative impact of COVID on coding processes and practices. Let’s get started!

  • A Brighter Picture

    Almost every developer is working from home amidst the medical health emergency. Office meetings have taken shape of a virtual call and the dining table is now the new office desk. Office is now formally at home; every office work is now taking place online. However, the nature of work has not changed. It is still developing, testing, deploying and being in the loop forever. This work from home for developers has enabled them to spend more time with the family. It was an age old complain of the families of IT workers that they are only confined to their computer screen and the pandemic was a good chance to give the families a reason to smile.

    Though a majority of industries have unfortunately come to a halt, software developers are trying not to let the pandemic crimp their productivity. Instead they are embracing the distance. Many software developers believe that they as coders, they are working as hard as ever in the lock down. They say that never waste a crisis and the IT industry have taken this as a challenge! The pandemic might mark the advent of a new normal for software development practices.

    Coders are perceived to be as anti- social nerds and if this is true then this time of physical distancing is a boon for them. Work from home spares coders from wasting their time in pointless meetings and they perform more effectively as they were in conventional offices.

  • Not all is Good

    Office meetings have taken shape of a virtual call and the dining table is now the new office desk. Office is now formally at home; every office work is now taking place online. However, the nature of work has not changed. It is still developing, testing, deploying and being in the loop forever.

    A survey was conducted by 17 researchers to study the impacts of the sudden shift to remote working on computer programmers around the world, it looked at the ways that developers' lives have been impacted by the lockdowns and changes caused by COVID-19. According to this survey, in which Over 2200 people from 52 countries participated, the well-being and productivity of some groups, particularly women, parents, and people with disabilities is much more negatively impacted than others.

    The major conclusions from the survey were that developers' well-being and productivity and well-being are suffering because the two are closely related. In this women, parents, and people with disabilities may be disproportionately more affected. Companies need to understand that better home office ergonomics help increase well-being and productivity and different people need significantly different kinds of support.

    IT industries can learn from the results the researchers came up with and take some advice on how they can support their developers to do good work without compromising on a good mental health. First of all, companies need to support developers' emotional wellbeing so that it helps increase their productivity. Communication is very important between the company and professionals; they need to ask employees about their requirements and also help them improve the ergonomics of their ‘work from home’ space. The executive needs to understand that it is unrealistic to expect normal productivity during the pandemic and hence they should not put unnecessary pressure on employees to be more productive. It will only make matters worse.

Embracing the Distance

Though a majority of industries have unfortunately come to a halt, software developers are trying not to let the pandemic crimp their productivity. Many software developers believe that they as coders, they are working as hard as ever in the lock down. They say that never waste a crisis and the IT industry have taken this as a challenge! The pandemic might mark the advent of a new normal for software development practices.

Coders are perceived to be as anti- social nerds and if this is true then this time of physical distancing is a boon for them. Work from home spares coders from wasting their time in pointless meetings and they perform more effectively as they were in conventional offices.

Collaboration tools comes handy when developers are working on the same project from different locations. However, they need to look beyond the conventional applications which have received more than their fair share of attention and business in the past few months for example Zoom, Google Team etc.

In today’s ‘work from home’ scenario, coders need strong code collaboration tools that provide the strong, real-time collaboration that one would enjoy in a shared brick-and-mortar office. The collaboration tools shall enable real-time sharing and collaboration on cloud-hosted coding projects where users can easily share project environments with multiple team members. Developers should be able to edit files together in real time, invite others to join them in active tabs and follow between tabs as they switch files and also offer a text chat and video chat pane within the development tool.

In future, when we return to a post-pandemic world, the live code collaboration tools are expected to become the norm. These code-collaboration tools will make it possible for people from all physical locations to build and deploy any type of application. It is expected to initiate the revolution of bringing equality in the world of technology.

The IT industry is opening new doors of opportunities to people of all colour across the world. Whether you are a consumer or a producer of technology, the time ahead is bright and sparkling.

Code for Good

The pandemic has forced us to think differently and move on a different tangent. In the few years before 2020, all of us were running blindly behind money, fame and excessive luxury. The miniscule virus that unwantedly entered our body and forced us for a pause. The leaders, executives and stakeholders of technological companies are looking for change in order to take one for the environment, society and greater good for people.

Developers are looking for coding applications and software that makes a positive difference in the lives of people. A majority of technological innovations are contributing to the medical field, education and reaching the rural lives. It is time that we take everyone on the path of success and not leave anyone at an abject state of poverty and misery.

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