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Coding 101

 

What is Coding, Computer Engineering or Programing?   

Simply put, coding is typing in commands that tell a computer what to do. 

Although computers seem highly intelligent, they are only as smart as their programmer. Programmers, coders and software engineers are the architects and planners of new websites, software, and applications. Learning to code is often compared to learning a foreign language. Even in the programing or coding realm, there are a variety of languages to choose from. The message below is written in the language Python.

print 'Hello, world!'

This message is a very simple example of a real line of code. This line tells the computer to display the text 'Hello, world!' to the screen. See, it's really not so scary after all!

 What are the Benefits?

In the United States, computer oriented jobs are needed 4 times more than any other profession. Computer programming jobs are also projected to increase by 30% between 2010 and 2020. Not only will you have a plethora of jobs to choose from if you choose a career in computer science, but you will also be paid a high salary. In fact, the base compensation for Facebook and Google employees is around $125,000!

If a career in computer science is not the perfect fit for you, there are still a wide variety of uses for coding skills. Websites are becoming essential for businesses and individuals alike. Whether it be a personal blog or a corporate site, understanding how to create your own website will be a valuable skill for years to come. Additionally, many entrepreneurs have great ideas for software, but are unsure on how to make them come to life. With coding knowledge, you can be the one to realize these ideas, while gaining a deep understand of the content. Some of the biggest benefits of coding are intangible. Understanding how computers really work can open your mind to a new perspective. You may find yourself thinking more deeply about how coding impacts each and every email you send, calculation you perform, or text you edit. Finally, bettering your problem solving skills is inevitable when you learn to code. You will run into problems along the way and you may have to "debug" them, which means finding a solution by detecting pre-existing errors. Good problem solvers can work efficiently to proactively shape their environment, instead of following the status quo.

How Coding Really Works

The series of '0's and '1's that you see on Dresscode bracelets is referred to as "binary code". Each '0' or '1' represents a message to the computer that reads either"on" or "off". Different combinations of "on" and "off" tell the computer which way to switch its transistors, which control everything a computer does. There are an immense number of combinations because today's computers contain millions of transistors. 

Programming languages, like Python mentioned before, allow the user to write code that is relatively easy to read, instead of writing out millions of '0's and '1's. Each language translates the written words into binary code, just in slightly different ways!

 

Sources:
“Benefits of Learning Coding.” Code Conquest, www.codeconquest.com/what-is-coding/benefits/.
Mujdzic, Nina, et al. “Why Teaching Kids How to Code Is Important.” Envato, 21 July 2017, envato.com/blog/teaching-kids-code-important/.