We shall decipher the phrase “programming” and its usage, as well as many other related terms, in this blog article.
In layman’s terms, understanding programming
Programming is a technique for “instructing a computer to do a variety of activities.”
Confusing? Let’s take a closer look at the term.
“Instruct the computer” simply means giving it a set of instructions expressed in a language that the machine understands. The instructions might be in a variety of formats. Consider the following scenario:
- Adding two numbers together.
- Rounding a number, and so forth.
Computers, like humans, can understand a limited number of languages (English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, and so on). Computers can read instructions expressed in a programming language, which has a certain syntactical structure.
“Perform numerous tasks”: the tasks might be simple, like the ones we mentioned before (adding two numbers, rounding off a number), or complex, like the ones we described above (adding two numbers, rounding off a number). Consider the following scenario:
- When given a principal, a rate, and a time, calculate simple interest.
- Calculating a stock’s average return over the previous five years.
Both of the aforementioned tasks need complicated computations. They are seldom described in simple directions like adding two integers, for example.
To summarise, programming is a method of instructing computers to perform a certain task.
Why should you bother learning to code?
You’re probably asking why a computer is required for adding or rounding off numbers. Or even for calculating basic interest? After all, even an eighth-grade student can readily execute such things with high numbers. What is the purpose of programming? What are the advantages of computers?
- Computers are lightning-fast machines. You can achieve amazing things with computer programming if you know how to use it properly. An addition of two numbers that might be as large as a billion each takes scarcely a millisecond for a typical computer of today’s time. Read it once more – millisecond! That implies a computer can conduct nearly a billion additions in a second. Is it possible for a person to accomplish such a feat? Forget billions of adds per second; the average person can only make ten additions per second. As a result, computers are extremely fast.
- Computers are inexpensive: imagine you were a stock market analyst who needed to watch the data of 1000 stocks in order to trade them swiftly. Consider how much of a bother it would be if you had to do it manually! It’s just not feasible. The price of the stock may fluctuate while you are calculating its performance. Another option is to engage staff to help you watch multiple stocks at the same time. As a result, your expenses will skyrocket. Not to mention the headaches you’ll have if one or more of your workers makes a calculation error during the procedure. It’s possible that you’ll lose money! In the case of using a computer, however, this is not the case. Computers have the ability to handle a large quantity of data fast and accurately. In the twenty-first century, 1000 stocks are nothing.
- Computers can work around the clock: Computers can work around the clock without being weary. So, if you have a large assignment, you may write it into a computer and sleep well.
What is the definition of a programming language?
As previously said, computers read instructions given in a programming language, which has a certain syntactical structure. A programming language allows a programmer to specify a task in a form that a computer can understand and execute. To learn more about programming languages, see our blog post “What is a programming language?” Python, C, C++, Java, and other famous programming languages are only a few examples.
What are the benefits of learning computer programming?
Now that you’ve learned so much about programming, the major issue is: why should you learn computer programming? Let us look into why:
Programming is enjoyable: You can make your own games, a personal blog/profile page, a social networking site like Facebook, a search engine like Google, or an e-commerce platform like Amazon using programming. Isn’t that going to be a blast? Imagine making your own game, uploading it to the Play Store, and receiving tens of thousands of downloads!
The Backbone of a Technology Company: The backbones of today’s technology businesses, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon, are massive computer systems built collaboratively by thousands of competent programmers. Knowing programming may help you develop the next big tech firm if you have the correct business skills.
Pretty decent pay: Computer programmers are paid very well practically everywhere in the globe. Every year, top programmers in Silicon Valley earn millions of dollars. Many organizations offer starting wages of up to $100,000 per year.