Maths is in my mind one of the most important skills for a developer, however I’ll put my hand up – I can’t do mental maths. Putting 2 numbers together in my head, I can struggle.
Mental maths however is not the most critical skill involved, functions and formulas are. I can visualise these very well and I know how to affect numbers to get the results needed. Essentially I can create the process to get from A to B.
I rate myself quite low in maths only because of how far I want to get – I’m still ahead of a lot of other developers who are afraid to touch it.
Luckily I’ve been able to easily deal with my shortcomings in mental maths, I’ll leave you with 2 quotes as to how.
“You won’t always have a calculator”
– My maths teacher