What is Coding?

Everywhere you go, there’s reference to code, but what exactly is coding? The definition of coding is writing human readable commands that can be converted by something known as a compiler into machine language. Code is the information that allows a computer to have an operating system, that operating system to have its own code to write applications, and applications to have code such as web browsers which allows you to have web pages and programs available in your web browser.

Displaying viewing your source code

Your web browser allows you to view the source code (Google Chrome shown) of a website, but  what is “source”?

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programming-is-creating-copyProgramming is Creating! Coding 101

 

At its base level, code allows the computer to communicate with the rest of your computer and allow you to run programs. Then, further code gives you programs, some of which are available as code that you can change. Lastly, some applications use code to communicate, such as Hypertext Transfer Protocol, which uses HTML to send web pages back and forth between computers on the internet, allowing you to view this site. Coding truly is creating!

Most code is created by hand, by people who go by the name developer or programmer or software engineer. A code snippet might look something like this in the Java language, which is popular because it is Internet friendly and portable:

public static void main(String[] args) {
System.out.println(“Hello, World!”);
return(0);
}

Other developers use something called an IDE, or Integrated Development Environment, which is a place where you can write your code, run it, and fix any bugs all in one place. An example of an IDE is shown below:

Example program in Netbeans Display What Code is

This is an example of the NetBeans IDE, which is used by Java programmers to quickly develop visual programs for the desktop and Web. IDEs help organize your files for you, and can help develop code, but are usually specific to one language.

Introduction to Coding

introduction-to-coding-copyYou might not understand the first thing about learning coding. That’s fine; in this introductory series on learning coding you will find examples of what coding is, some basic coding, and where you can go when you’re ready to tackle learning code in depth. These tutorials are not meant to replace a comprehensive education at any of the places that teach coding; however, they give you a place to start and help you with finding a path in the world of code design.

First, you are introduced to coding and its benefits. Why would you learn a programming language if you had no idea what the endgame would be? Obviously, there are financial benefits, but there are other elements of learning coding that can be useful in other areas as well, such as makers and people who want to host personal websites. You will learn how a programming language is turned into information that is useful to a computer, and how that is put together in order to write a program, build an app, or develop a Web portal.

Second, we will discuss today’s most important languages, as well as some niche languages that have a following as well. Each of these languages has its own value. There are languages developed for the specific purpose of creating applications for desktop computers, languages more geared towards the creation of mobile apps, and a set of languages that are for Web design and development. If you are familiar with coding or development at all, you may have heard of names like Java and Python. We will discuss these and more and how they fit into the spectrum of programming. There is not a lot of point in learning a language that is not in high demand or is being phased out. However, there can be some benefit to learning older language if you wanted to work on older systems. Companies often resist upgrading their computer systems and can have software written in languages that it is extremely hard to find a coder for. These companies are willing to pay top dollar for well trained individuals.

 

Example of what machine language used for code

Above is an example of a language that has largely died out—COBOL. Languages like this were used to write early Point of Sale or cash register programs and due to the high cost of moving, some systems are still in use today. Learning an older language can put you at a competitive advantage.

Lastly, we will show you how to put these tools to work for you so that you can become a coder in a minimum timeframe—months, not years—putting you ahead of a University education in terms of time from rank beginner to fluent coder. Imagine being able to put that you are fluent in one or more languages on your resume in less than a year! We will discuss the steps you should follow to become a proficient coder in a short period. Go to our next page which explains how exactly coding works.

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