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Coding - Which Language is Right For You?
Being a Programmer • Programmer, developer, coder, they’re all titles for the same occupation, someone who creates code. What they’re creating the code for can be anything from a video game to a critical element on board the International Space Station. How do you become a programmer though?
A Brief History of Coding • It’s easy to think that programming a machine to automate a process or calculate a value is a modern concept that’s only really happened in the last fifty years or so. However, that assumption is quite wrong, coding has actually been around for quite some time.
Choosing a Programming Language • It would be impossible to properly explain every programming language in a single book of this size. New languages and ways in which to ‘talk’ to a computer or device and set it instructions are being invented almost daily; and with the onset of quantum computing, even more complex methods are being born. Here is a list of the more common languages along with their key features.
Creating a Coding Platform • The term ‘Coding Platform’ can signify: a type of hardware on which you can code, a particular operating system, or even a custom environment that’s pre-built and designed for easy game creation. In truth it’s quite a loose term, as a Coding Platform can be a mixture of all of these ingredients, it’s simply down to which programming language you intend to code in and what your end goals are.
Why C++? • C++ is one of the most popular programming languages available today. Originally called C with Classes, the language was renamed to C++ in 1983. It’s an extension of the original C language, and is a general purpose object-oriented (OOP) environment.
C++ Facts & Figures
Equipment You Will Need • You don’t need to invest a huge amount of money in order to learn C++, and you don’t need an entire computing lab at your disposal either. Providing you have a fairly modern computer, everything else is freely available.
Structure of C++ Code • C++ is an amazing programming language to learn. If your dream is to become a games designer, or work at the cutting edge of science or engineering technology, then being able to code in C++ is a must. Remember, you’re never too old to learn how to code.
Why Python? • There are many different programming languages available for the modern computer, and some still available for older 8 and 16-bit computers too. Some of these languages are designed for scientific work, others for mobile platforms and such. So why choose Python out of all the rest?
What Can You Do with Python? • Python is an open-source, object-oriented programming language that’s simple to understand and write with, yet also powerful and extremely malleable. It’s these characteristics that help make it such an important language to learn.
PYTHON in Numbers • There’s a lot to like about Python, but don’t just take our word for it. Here are some amazing facts and figures surrounding one of the most popular programming languages of...