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Discussion on: Why Programming Languages Are Hard

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Al Chen

This post resonated with me since I started my career as a financial analyst and have been using Excel for 10+ years. I never thought of Excel as "programming," but as I dug deeper into data structures, automating tasks with VBA, and sanitizing data, I got more interested in SQL, data pipelines, and data manipulation using scripts.

Going from Excel to programming was a difficult leap but showed me that there is so much more you can do beyond Excel. I'm not a coder by any stretch of the imagination, but have found a sweet spot with no-code tools. I consider Excel to be in this "no-code" camp. Wrote a post about it here: dev.to/coda/the-overlooked-benefit...