What Devices Do You Need to Start Programming

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Have you been thinking of getting into programming? If yes, you need to have the right devices. Yet, for a beginner, it can be challenging to know which the best is. We have the answer for you.

Our list of devices will make it easy for you to start the process.  Let's get into it.

Devices You Must Have To Start Coding

1. Laptop or Desktop Computer

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One of the devices you will need to start programming is a laptop. With so many options, it can be difficult to choose. What you need to consider is one that gives you enough RAM.  You also need a multi-core processor that can handle the type of jobs you will be doing.

The platform should allow you to do your code quickly.  You cannot spend too much time waiting for it to complete the more complex jobs.  If you are working on jobs that have a lot of graphics, you need a graphic card.

Your laptop should allow you to include other accessories for better performance.  You want to be able to handle your programming while on the go.  Look for those that are compact, allowing for portability. It should also give you a long battery life allowing you to complete your tasks without power interruptions.

The other option is to have a desktop computer.  Look for one that gives you at least  8 gigs ram with the option to upgrade.  It would help if you also had at a minimum one TB of hard disk storage space.

If you are programming games, you will need a graphic card or Nvidia.  Choose your operating system, whether Linux, Marco X, or Windows.  You may want to consider an extra monitor if you multitask when programming.

Whichever brand you go for should be constant in the updates. You get the benefit of the latest features allowing for greater efficiency in your tasks.

2. The Right Mouse

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You will spend a lot of time in front of your desktop or laptop when programming. The right mouse will allow you to work comfortably without strain. When choosing a mouse, look for one that has an ergonomic design.

The one you choose should allow your hands to remain in a neutral position. Some of the options, for example, work well for people with carpal tunnel syndrome. You will also find those that work well with specific platforms or devices. It could be your computer or laptops.

You want to achieve the greatest precision always. So, look for those with adjustable sensitivity or dots per linear inch (DPI). Increase your speed and productivity with those that allow for extra functionalities. Such extras include zooming or panning. Others have rechargeable batteries allowing you to work on the go.

Some programmers prefer trackpads as they have some ergonomic benefits for people who use computers for long periods. A computer mouse lets your hand sit on an awkward angle that can cause some nerve problems. A trackpad lets the hand rest comfortably. Still, the choice of using a trackpad or a mouse will depend on your preference.

3. The Right Monitor

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Having the wrong monitor can cause you grief as a programmer. Imagine spending long hours looking at a monitor that is not very clear.  You will strain your eyes and continuously deal with unending headaches.

When choosing your laptop or desktop, pay attention to the monitor.  Gaming Monitors are some of the best for programmers. Some of the things to consider include:-

  • Screen resolution, the higher, the better. You will be more comfortable when writing or reading your code.  You have the option of 1080p, 1440p, and 4k.  Unfortunately, the higher the resolution, the more expensive the monitor.  Consider it a worthwhile investment though,  if you want to avoid eye strain.
  • Screen size is a personal decision. Some people prefer larger screens, others smaller.  Whatever you pick should not compromise the resolution.
  • Response and refresh rates should be at least 5ms and 60Hz, respectively.
  • Screen orientation is a matter of personal preference.  If you have two monitors, have both landscape and portrait options. You get a better idea of what you are working on when you can see it in both layouts.
  • Display panels include LED, IPS, and TFT. LED panels, for example, include twisted nematic (TN). Such has the best response and refresh rates.  But, you may have to compromise on the quality of color.  In-plane switching (IPS) panels offer high accuracy for colors and viewing angles. One downside is they have a very low response rate.  Vertical alignment (VA) panels do not have any distinguishing features.  If you want to buy one due to price, check that you are not compromising some of the functionalities to cut costs.

4. Keyboard

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The quality of your keyboard as a programmer matter. There is a lot of typing that goes on in programming.  You do not want to struggle with the process due to a bad keyboard.  Look for one that is comfortable, reliable, and responsive.  You want immediate feedback when you press the keys.

The type of keyboard depends on your personal preference.  If you like to work late into the night, look for those with the backlighting.  The size of the keyboard depends on you as an individual. You have the option of full size, compact, and Tenkey-less. A compact keyboard, for example, works well if you do not have too much desktop space.  If you do not use many numbers in your code, you can go for the Tenkey-less.

5. Software and Editing Tools

It helps to have the right resources when starting your coding career.

  • Structured query language (SQL) that will teach you how to work with databases.
  • Coding languages like python, JavaScript, and CSS.
  • To write code, you will need the right editing tools. It increases your productivity and efficiency.  You get to avoid mistakes and can correct any that you detect.  Look for those that are easy to customize depending on the UI and UX you want.  Determine your coding style so that you get the one that suits your needs. Text editors include Notepad, CodePen, Codespace, and Sublime Text.  There are very many options, so do your research well to determine the best one for you.
  • Operating platforms include Windows and Linux or Mac OS. Linux is one of the best if you are starting your programming career.  You may need access to word, excel, and PowerPoint, so Microsoft Office is also a good option.
  • Learning platforms such as subversion, Git, and Github.

Final Thoughts

Start your programming journey with the list of devices we have highlighted above.  It helps to have a good understanding of what you need.

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