Real Programming Vs College Programming

Real Programming Vs College Programming: Fully Explained

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Oxford Dictionary defines programming as: the process of writing computer programs.

Programming is an art which involves the writing of instructional codes that transfer soft ideas into usable programs (software).

It’s a practical-oriented profession which can never be accomplished through the power of paper and pen.

There are different phases in programming but this post will center its focus on the three (3) major and common ones, which are, 

#1. Web Programming

It entails the act of building online software (websites). Examples are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and so forth.

#2. Desktop Programming

In this category, programmers build installable programs that can only be run on desktop or laptop computers. Examples include MS word, CorelDraw, Photoshop, and so on.

#3. Mobile Programming

Here, programmers create applications for mobile phones. Examples are WhatsApp, play store, Instagram, etc.

Beyond normal reasoning, programmers build small apps out of hectic stress, but they love doing it.

The Difference is Clear…

As an experienced programmer, I will pen 5 differences between real programming Vs college programming.

1. Productivity

In real-world, programming builds professional programmers, who, in every time, think of creating ideal apps that will be used for business and personal purposes. While, colleges produce students, who just write short-codes in order to pass exams, and end up looking for job openings.

As a programmer, you will be trained to produce life-conforming applications, which can be used by various organizations, in various aspects.

But the fact remains absolute that programming students (in colleges) have nothing to offer the masses. Their programs can only run on their computers (usually console applications).

Example: Communication Circle

Real Programming Vs College Programming
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Long-distance communication (which is one of the best tool to enhance business) used to be a tedious action before the advent of programmers’ products, like mailing engines, social media, chat apps, and so forth.

2. Orientation

Programming practitioners, in the real world, are “programmers”, while, in college, they are “programming students”.

Programmers are taught to rely on their potential, while programming students are oriented to rely on credentials.

READ: Best 6 Steps to Set Your Career as a Happy Programmer

 Programmers are injected to believe in limitless dreams. But, college students have minimal skills, and, therefore, have limited vision.

3. Confidence

Code is not like other how-computers-work books. It doesn’t have big color illustrations of disk drives with arrows showing how the data sweeps into the computer. Code has no drawings of trains carrying a cargo of zeros and ones. Metaphors and similes are wonderful literary devices but they do nothing but obscure the beauty of technology.

― Charles Petzold

Self-confidence leads to happiness. One of the best feelings is to realize that you accomplished something stunning or have the ability to execute complex issues.

Being a programmer gives you that excitement to have self-confidence. But as just a college student (with faint programming knowledge) you’ve got nothing to showcase.

4. Endurance

Being a programmer is not a walk in the park; it’s hectic, or frankly, it’s complex. Due to this, programmers are programmed to have the mental toughness to endure in all stubborn situations.

They are designed not to relent until they see the better form of their code –that’s why they don’t find it difficult to troubleshoot people around them, even their spouse. When they discover any abnormality, they call it a bug and find a better method to use their debugging skills.

The opposite is the case, for programming students; they are usually lazy. Some will even hire programmers to build their final year projects.

5. Financial Freedom

Take responsibility for your finances or get used to taking orders for the rest of your life.

___ Robert Kiyosaki

With real programming, practitioners use their skills to control their income stream – they earn cool money at their own pace. While programming students (in college) wait to receive paychecks from cheap companies.

READ: 15 cool ways to make money as a programmer

Bonus Points

In colleges (no exemption), programming teaches how to utilize the power of paper and pen to sketch-out short-codes that can be used to solve irrelevant problems like Area or Circle, BMI application, in console mode – in order to pass exams.

Computing Area Of Circle With Java: Not Relevant For Real-life Purpose.

    import java.util.Scanner;
/* Real Programming Vs College Programming: Fully Explained - Mutualpress Magazine */
    public class Area


        public static void main(String[] args) 


            int r;

            double pi = 3.14, area;

            Scanner s = new Scanner(;

            System.out.print("Enter radius of circle:");

            r = s.nextInt();

            area = pi * r * r;

            System.out.println("Area of circle:"+area);



#Programming, in the real world, is an art that forces you to inculcate a problem-solving habit.

#Real programming isn’t taught in the college, due to the design of, maybe curriculum. So, there hasn’t been any programmer, who was totally built from college.

#Successful programmers went an extra mile to learn the real programming after graduating, and some even dropped out of the school after realizing the bitter fact.

#Real programming can be self-taught.

READ: 50 Best Online Resources to Learn and Build Your Programming Career – Free of Charge


This post is dedicated to those who find it difficult to decide on the best link to starting programming as a career.

So, if you’ve been having issues on where to kick-start your programming journey, this post should clear your doubts.

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Adeoti Nurudeen
A Programmer | Chief Editor and Diamond Writer at Mutualpress Magazine.

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