What is coding used for? 

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What is coding used for?

If you’ve ever used a computer, watched videos on the internet, or played a video game, it’s hard to imagine that it’s all really just a series of letters and symbols.

The power of a computer is that it can process thousands of lines of code in a second, which allows it to execute quite complex instructions and perform incredible tasks.

Programming is the writing of these complex instructions. In this article, we’ll show you what is coding used for on a daily basis.

 

What are programming languages?

Programming languages are languages that humans and computers understand. The computer’s native language is binary: an incredibly long string of 1s and 0s. It’s almost impossible for humans to read or write in this binary language, so instead, we have created different programming languages to communicate with computers. Since computers cannot interpret human languages, we have to meet them halfway.

 

What do coders do?

Since you can’t simply tell a computer what you want in English, you’ll need a coder to interpret it for you.

Coders are people who communicate ideas and instructions to the computer, creating web pages, games, other programs, and applications that appear on the screen.

They know exactly what to say to a computer and how to say it to make the machine understand.

 

what can you do with coding?

 

Here are some awesome things to do with coding:

  • Creating and designing websites
  • Building mobile apps
  • Developing desktop apps
  • Developing video games
  • Creating and maintaining databases
  • Automating tasks
  • Machine learning
  • Solving complex tasks
  • Creating artificial intelligence
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • And the list goes on…

If you’re interested in any of these or if you want to do these things for a living, learning the basics of programming will definitely be an important skill for you.

 

Where else can we see coding or the effects of coding in the real world?

In short: almost everywhere. Almost everywhere, except in pristine natural landscapes, we are surrounded by devices and technologies that require programming to work.

In a metropolitan environment, street lights and traffic management are now programmed, just like speedometers, displays and electronic information signs.

More and more things in cars are controlled by programs running in the background, and even if you take your car to a mechanic, chances are that they will run software diagnostics on it.

 

Source: Teach Your Kids Code

 

Program codes are running in the background when you pay with your credit card, set the copy number on the photocopier, or when you punch in an access code somewhere.

In our homes, there are many household machines that are the result of the complex work of coders.

Setting the baking time on a touchscreen panel, adjusting the temperature on a thermostat—these are little things that you wouldn’t think of, but they can’t be imagined without programming. The way a washing machine controls water temperature, wash time, spin cycle etc., is also programmed.

For example, robotic vacuum cleaners that are becoming more and more common today use technology complex enough to detect objects in their environment and avoid them. There is no escaping the programmed operations even in an elevator, with many lines of code running in the background to navigate between floors.

 

What can I achieve by learning how to code?

As we rely more and more on computers in our daily lives, the importance of computer programming and coding is growing.

In the next few years, computer programming will be present in almost every field, and if you can code, it will definitely have a positive impact on your career. You can use your programming skills in areas such as copywriting, analysis, management, engineering and software development, just to name a few.

For example, programming advocates now fully consider coding as a basic skill alongside writing, reading and performing simple mathematical operations.

 

what is coding used for?

 

How can I use programming if I don’t work as a coder?

If you have some programming skills, you can use them in many different ways. For example, statistical analysis for a thesis research project can be made much easier if you know a few programming tricks.

Anyone can also benefit from being able to put together a nice website, either for themselves or for others, about a business, hobby project, band, or whatever else.

If you can handle large amounts of data with Python, or if you’re good with databases and know SQL, these skills could come in handy in any administrative field.

If you’re interested in graphics, maybe web design or similar creative fields, you’ll definitely benefit from knowing a bit about the technical background and how what you’ve designed will be displayed and put into motion. If you can do it yourself, that is even better!

 

Skills development through programming

When you are learning programming, it is not just programming that you will learn. You can also develop some other skills like:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Breaking down problems
  • Planning skills

For example, when you are working with others on a project, you will learn how to cooperate with them, and your communication skills will develop as well. If you are developing a complicated piece of software or a computer program, you will have to document your work as accurately as possible.

Learning to program is not just about putting words on the screen in a certain order, it’s also about completely changing the way you think. And that’s a valuable skill in any field in the modern world.

 

What is coding used for?

 

What is programming used for in schools?

Nowadays, it is becoming more and more common to include games and tasks that support algorithmic thinking and learning to program in primary education. Even with very young children, kindergartners and primary school children, it is possible to practice skills and introduce basic concepts that will help them to learn programming later on.

There are programming languages specifically designed for children, such as Scratch, and platforms where children can learn the basics of coding playfully. We wrote more about this in our article “Programming for kids“.

 

Why is it beneficial to teach programming basics to children?

The future belongs to technology and automated processes. As you have read in this article, programmed processes are all around us today, they are everywhere. It is quite certain that programmers will continue to be in demand in the future.

However, not everyone wants to be a programmer or work specifically in this field, but a basic knowledge of programming, a basic understanding of the fundamental workings and a background of technological tools can give you an advantage and confidence in any other field. There are plenty of professions that can benefit from some programming skills, database management skills, or process automation skills, so children will only gain from learning the basics of programming.

Programming logic and algorithmic thinking skills are among the basic skills of the future, and they also help the development of problem-solving skills and creativity.

 

If you want to read more about programming

We explored many aspects of the exciting topics of learning programming, programming languages and coding in general. If you find this area interesting, check out more articles on the CodeBerry blog.

We have written a complete series for those just starting out in programming, called Basics of Programming.

If you’re interested in why there are so many different programming languages, what they do and how they differ, read our series of articles on Programming Languages, and if you’re interested in what people do with their programming skills, read our Student Stories for inspiration.

If you’d like to see more programming tutorials, check out our Youtube channel, where we have plenty of programming video tutorials in English.

In CodeBerry Programming School’s “Basics of Programming” series, we discuss programming-related topics and everything you need to know to get started. Stay tuned for new articles and find the answer to every “what”, “why”, and “how”, you may have had about coding!

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