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Accounting for Programmers

A few weeks ago we wrote a post titled “The Importance of Accounting for Investors“.  We believe that accounting is important for many professions and not just accountants.   What about computer scientists or programmers!?  The tech world seems very far away from the world of accounting!  But we think that accounting is important for computer scientists and programmers too. (call us biased if you will :)  Accounting is important for for computer scientists and programmers.

But don’t take our word for this. Martin Kleppmann is an entrepreneur and software ‘craftsman’. He is a co founder of Rapportive   and entrepreneur who has sold his former company (Go Test). Here is what Martin had to say in a recent post.

Every educated person really ought to have a basic understanding of accounting. Just like maths, science, programming, music, literature, history, etc., it’s one of those things which helps you make sense of the world. Although dealing with money is not much fun, it’s an unavoidable part of life, so you might as well take a few minutes to understand it.

We completely agree with his observation! He is not all kind to the accountants of the world. He continues…

Sadly, in my opinion, most accountants do a terrible job of explaining their work in an accessible way; it’s a field full of jargon, acronyms and weird historical legacies. Even “Bookkeeping for Dummies” makes my head spin. Surely this stuff can’t be that difficult?

Well, we still agree.  Accounting cant be that difficult!  We think it hasn’t been taught that well – thats it. At accountingtutor.org, we take students whose ‘heads spin’ and help them make sense of accounting. We believe that if accounting is taught step by step in the right manner, its really simple. Every one should get it.  Accounting is not that difficult and accounting for programmers is not any different.

Read Martin’s post above. He tries to explain it in programming language. We are accountants and not programmers so we don’t really get it. But we have developed our own ways to teach you accounting. Try us and let us help you learn accounting. Special welcome to computer scientists or programmers.


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