Should Good Programmers Be Using Google?

May 26, 2016

12:33 pm

Programming can be one of the most challenging skills to acquire – the various languages require a large amount of memorization and discipline to memorize. However, with the rise of popularity of programming, there are plenty of resources available to help make this learning easier.

However, there’s a stigma around what the skills need for programmers to be considered experienced.

The question was risen, however – can you still be considered a good programmer even if you use Google?

Coding With The Help of Google

Learning to code is complicated enough – many programmers, even experienced ones, find that utilizing Google can help with focusing on more complex coding issues. In the article “Do Experienced Coders Use Google?”, the pros that come along with focusing on this kind of learning:

“‘Do experienced programmers use Google frequently?’
The resounding answer is YES, experienced (and good) programmers use Google… a lot. In fact, one might argue they use it more than the beginners. Using Google doesn’t make them bad programmers or imply that they cannot code without Google. In fact, truth is quite the opposite: Google is an essential part of their software development toolkit and they know when and how to use it.”

Incorporating Google and other assistance when learning to code isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a way to strengthen your own coding skills. After all, being a good programmer or an experienced coder requires more than having good tech skills. It means being able to approach problems with various solutions, and allowing for disparate solutions could be the key to uncovering how to truly solve a problem.

Of course, Google isn’t the only way to gaining these other important skills to becoming a good programmer. Taking the time to learn from your past code or using old computers can also help your own technical skills become stronger.

In the end, whatever solution works the best for you to help you along to road to coding will be most effective. Take some time to get to now the various approaches you can take, and figure out what works best for you and your coding style.

Image credit to WOCinTech / Flickr.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.