Any code for him is a piece of art. Nurgisa Azhdarov, the scholar of “Nurali Aliyev Bachelor of Information Systems in Business” undergraduate program (hereinafter – BISB), shares his history of studying the art of IT, and tells, why he considers coding as the same foreign language as English or Chinese.
My name is Azhdarov Nurgisa, and I am a BISB student at KIMEP University. This is a modest story about myself. I am an ordinary guy from Karaganda. I got my first computer at the age of 5. This computer was several times larger and much slower than modern ones. Since then, I spent days and nights on the computer. Everything started as usual – with a child passion for computer games. Gradually, my interests began to expand: I liked listen to a music, watch movies, read something on the Internet, etc.
Nevertheless, everything turned out to me in different way. Passion for knowledge and desire to get to the bottom of the truth resulted in studying coding and graphic programs. It all started from small: simple algorithms and ugly drawings in Paint. Due to this, now I have good experience in coding, design and the creation of computer games. My brother usually joked that I probably feed on the radio waves of a computer, because when I studied programming, I often forgot to eat. In part, he was right, because the flow of information that I received through a piece of metal was nutrient for my intellectual development. I believe that at that time my classmates and friends would describe me as “too addicted” or simply nerd. Friends didn’t understand what was so interesting I find on my computer besides games and the Internet. Most of my friends saw large pieces of codes that I worked on, and were horrified and confused, calling me a “nerd,” or even a “hacker.” But I continued to study perfectly well at school, go for sports, play in music school and … do coding.
Fortunately, today I found my counterparts. One of them, my friend Abylaykhan Ashim, also studies with me on the BISB program. And we are both proud to be ZHANARTU scholars. Coding for us is one of the ways to “express creativity.” Сodes seem to be just codes, nothing more. For me, any program code is a separate piece of art. Like artists, developers present their future programs, and then recreate it using codes. In art any person can clearly appreciate the efforts and work of the artist, but with the programs the situation is different. I had experience creating computer games with the help of “Unity” being a part of the team of professionals. We did a lot of work, but in the final product users notice only what is seen on their screen. Nobody thinks who and what is behind this interface. Therefore, in my opinion in the times of the Internet and “smart technologies”, everyone should know at least one programming language and be able to evaluate the work of developers and have an idea about the work of the program. Coding is the same foreign language, only it helps to communicate with machines.
In my story I would like to say a special thanks to Nurali Aliyev and ZHANARTU charity foundation for noticing me, believing in me and giving me the opportunity to study where I really wanted to. “Information Systems in Business” is a new profession not only in Kazakhstan, but throughout the world.
By the way, in fall semester I studied as an exchange student at SMU (Singapore Management University), one of the few foreign universities, where a similar program exists as well. Singapore is located in the tropics, and today’s Singapore resembles the jungle of modern technology, built of concrete and glass. In such a jungle, a good specialist developer will not be lost. And I am glad to see that in Kazakhstan this sphere is also starting off.
Now I am planning to continue studying, gain experience and use all the opportunities provided. I am sure that all this will help me to release my potential in the future. And finally: if your soul lies precisely with IT and you just like to do it, then I recommend you get down to business without hesitation and apply to BISB at KIMEP!