In the spirit of International Programmers’ day on the 13th of September, this article will discuss the software developer terms of programming and coding, exploring the meaning and fundamentals of both.
Programming, like information and technology, constantly surrounds us. With such technological advancements and the increasing use of technology we now live in a world where tech or software-based companies are not recognized as we once knew them, instead, we can see them in the form of streaming TV shows/films, food deliveries to our doors or even booking a taxi.
For a long time, there were only a small number of people known to code, however, we have seen a massive shift in the number of people being able to code. There is now an increasing number of people learning to program each year and there and now more software developers in the world than ever before and is set to reach 28.7 million by 2024.
As we are aware we now live in a technological-driven world and technology is a huge aspect of the global economy. This has meant that coding/ programming is no longer just for software engineers. There has been an influx of exposure and awareness in order to encourage individuals to get into software development and make it a career, however, it can be said that it could be beneficial for all people to understand or learn to program due to it being a part of everyday life and would help individuals understand the products they are using and buying.
Programming and Coding
Programming can be defined as “the implementation of logic to facilitate specified computing operations and functionality. It occurs in one or more languages, which differ by application, domain and programming model.“ – Techopedia
In simple terms ‘Programming’ means telling a computer what to do (a set of instructions) and how to execute/carry it out. A real-life analogy used by Code Academy
for this would be, “If you’ve ever cooked using a recipe before, you can think of yourself as the computer and the recipe’s author as a programmer. The recipe author provides you with a set of instructions that you read and then follow. The more complex the instructions, the more complex the result!”
Coding is how humans communicate with computers; coding is essentially a language. Coding is the process of transforming ideas into a written language that a computer can understand, and that language is known as ‘binary-machine code’. This type of language must be written in a format in which a computer can translate in order to understand and consequently execute therefore the relationship between a programmer, code, and computer is one of collaboration.
Like humans, these languages have developed and progressed over time in order to work out how to communicate with computers in the most effective manner and new better languages are always trying to be developed to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
As we live in a more technologically driven world, programming becomes a larger part of our lives. Programming is an important aspect of our day-to-day lives, careers, purchasing, and most importantly how we stay connected.
Now more than ever there is a need and demand for programmers and codes, learning to code is an exciting journey, whether, for personal development or understanding or to build an app, it is a skill that will enhance individuals’ lives. Computers and technology are tools to be used.
In honour of international programmers’ day why not try something new? You may think that you do not know anything about coding, programming, or software development, but at one point the current 26 million developers didn’t either.
As with anything unknown or new in life at first, it can be overwhelming, challenging, and at times frustrating, however, if you stick with it, you could not only learn something you could build something brilliant.