Pretty interesting read on : You don’t need Math skills To be a Good developer, but you do need them to be a great one.
And yes, the author is right about Math : it should be part of your tooling if you want to do something else than coding stupid web forms all day.
On a related note, I have been working with a team where most people in the team had Phds in various mathematics-related fields. I can tell you that learning how to correctly write tests was a joke for them ! They instantaneously understood :
- the value of testing
- where data-driven tests helps (@DataProvider)
- how unit-testing can complement integrated tests to avoid writing all combinations of integrated tests
- etc… (tons of other things that most teams take months – if not years – to understand)
The reason is quite simple : people with a decent mathematical background exhibit abstraction skills and can perform abstract thinking and reasoning.