How to learn coding ?

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Don’t know how to code ? Don’t have any programming knowledge ? Are you new to this world of computer programming ? 

If your answer is ‘YES’ then you’ve come to the right place to start your journey in coding. You know what??… an average person can learn basics of coding, and can start writing some basic code in few days.

It’s a myth that most of the people think like you should have some basic programming knowledge or you should be from IT background to learn coding. But it’s not necessary to have any prior programming knowledge to start coding. 

Regardless of what you may have heard, learning code is not that hard – especially when you compare it to the skills that are required to learn code and if you are genuinely interested in learning how to code.

Learning any new skill requires patience, consistency, time and practice. with access to the right tools, platforms and eagerness to code , one can easily learn coding. Practice is the only way by which one can learn code. The more you practice, the better your coding skills will become. 

Steve Jobs said, “Everyone should know how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Learning how to code make your brain sharper, smarter and more intuitive.

So let’s begin. 

Here you’ll learn coding from scratch. It starts with explanation of benefits of coding. Then you will  get a basic understanding of how to work with code.

What is Coding ?

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Now a days people are crazy to learn code. Everyone seems eager to learn how to do it. But what exactly the coding is ?

According to definition the term refers to writing the code or a set of instructions which guides your computer to perform a task. Coding is what makes it possible to create computer software, web application, mobile applications. There are many coding languages to develop something. After all, every language has  their own purpose like some are used for the web application development, others for mobile application development, others for desktop software. 

Coding is used to develop websites, apps , software’s and many other tools. Now a days, almost every field is using coding like medical, entertainment, defence, agriculture, education etc. 

What is programming language ?

A Programming language is used by developers to communicate with computers (using C, C++, Java, Python ) to perform a specific task.

As we know, to communicate with a person, we need a language that person can understand. Likewise, to communicate with computer, we need a specific language which is called a Programming language. Computers only understands binary language – strings of 1s and 0s. Programming language translates the 1s and 0s into human understandable language.

When you write any program you need some KEYWORDS, SYNTAX and OPERATORS. these are common in all programming language.

Examples of popular coding languages:
  1. C, C++, C#
  2. Java
  3. HTML, CSS, Javascript
  4. Python
  5. PHP
  6. Ruby
  7. Swift

What is KEYWORDS ?

Keywords are predefined, reserved words that have special meaning to the compiler(compiler is a special program that processes statements written in a particular programming language and converts them into machine language or “code” ). Keywords can be commands or parameters. Every programming language has a set of predefined keywords that can’t be used as a variable names.

Here are the some examples of keywords. If, else, for, do, while, int, float, char, double, break, continue, pass, struct, auto, return, void, goto, static etc. 

What is syntax ?

Syntax refers to the set of rules that defines the structure of programming language. Every programming language uses its own syntax. The rules that controls the structure of the symbols, punctuations and words of a programming language. This tells the computer to how to read to code.

If you not follow the syntax of a language, and tries to execute a command without proper syntax, then the code will not be understood by compiler or interpreter and it generates a syntax error, usually causing the program to fail.

What is Operators ?

According to the definition operators in a programming language is a symbol that tells the compiler or interpreter to perform specific mathematical, relational or logical operation and produce final result. 

For Example : In “2 + 4”, the ‘2’ and ‘4’ are the operands and the plus symbol is the operator.

Types of operators:

  1. Assignment Operator
  2. Arithmetic Operator
  3. Boolean Operator
  4. Relational Operator
  5. Bitwise Operator

Benefits of Coding

1)  Coding is fun :

Imagine how amazing it is that you will be able to develop responsive mobile games, you will be able to build your own website from scratch, you will able to develop app that is more informative and beneficial to others. If you learn coding then you will be able to do all of this in engaging way !

2)  Coding will give you valuable skills:

When we code we get involved in problem solving skills by creating solutions to complex problems. We learn about problem decomposition. i.e breaking down a big, complex problem into chunks. Coding uses a much more creativity. This involves creating our own designs, animations, graphics and building our own imaginary worlds and characters. Also you will get the opportunity to work in a Team. You’ll experience project management, communicating in a team, discussion and negotiating with others. 

Steps to start learning Coding

 

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As a mentioned earlier coding is relatively easy to learn compared to other technical skills , but it is still something that scares people.

Now you have a general overview of coding, benefits of coding and its time to jump in and deep dive in learning coding. But where to start ? – you follow our steps to start learning coding ! I am pretty much sure that at the end of this guide you’ll have a clear understanding of the steps that are required to learn code.

 

Step1 : Decide the field you are interested in.

There are many fields in this world of programming. For example, Web development, Mobile Application Development, Software development, Database Administration, Computer system analysis, Network system administration and many more.

Before start learning anything, the first thing is to do – sit down, take a deep breath and think carefully that which field you’re interested in ? In which field you want to start your journey ?  In which field you want to start your career ? And the most important thing to know about opportunity and trending technologies.

 

Step2 : Decide which is the language you’re most comfortable with. 

Now you have the field in which you want to start your journey. The next step is to choose the best fit language for your field. This is the most important step. 

Most of the coders make mistake and choose programming language just because everyone is saying that this language is most popular, trendy and best. But the fact is, You should select a language based on your need and interest. 

Every programming language has its own purpose. For example, If you want to learn code for website development, you should learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Python etc. Likewise, mobile application development requires Java ( for Android ) or Swift ( for iOS ). 

 

Step4 : find the right resources that can help you to learn code.

After deciding the language to learn, now it’s time to look at the best ways to learn coding.

Search on the google for the available resources.

There are lot of tutorials, online courses , YouTube videos available on the internet. Online courses and video tutorials are the best resources that can help you to learn the coding. They usually teach in a fun and engaging manner. By watching the tutorials you’ll learn the syntax and conventions of the language, procedure of the language, how to solve complex problems. You’ll learn the essential syntaxes of a language and how it is used.

 

Step3 : Install and setup required editor to write and run code.

Once you done with the theoretical part you need to start writing code into editor. Most programming language have their code editor that you can download from the internet.

A code editor is a text editor that is specialized for writing programs. It is designed for the developers to run and debug the programs. They make writing and reading code more easier by differentiating the elements. That will help you to create clean and error free code.

 

Step5 : Start writing programs.

Now you have knowledge of how to write code in your chosen language, you have the required resources and editor. You need to start writing programs. Start with some basic program like “Hello World”. Once you done with basic program try to solve some advance and complex problem. 

Depending on the language you are learning start building program or project. For Example, If you are learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript, then you should start building website. Similarly, If you are learning Java then you can start building mobile app or game. 

 

STEP6 : Practice Everyday.

Practice is the only way you can learn coding quickly and become proficient in a new skill. Commit time – for practice. Minimize distractions and focus on your goal. Create a learning plan and start working/practicing accordingly. 

Remember, practice makes man perfect. Daily practice is the only key to become a successful developer. So again I’m telling you the more you practice the more you learn !

You Have to put yourself in the situation where you can think outside of the box and develop a system to solve problem. Try to solve most complex and challenging programs. Read code written by someone else and try out different ways to do the same thing. Accept all the challenges without any fear and keep telling yourself “Yes, I can do it”. 

 

Here we come the end of this blog and we hope you got the basic understanding about how to learn coding. now we will provide you detailed blogs on how to start learning various programming languages. 

So Stay tuned with KnowledgeMandir.com

 

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