The Big Question in Programming

How do we plan, write, execute, and test instructions a computer can understand and process?

Description and resources for Programming

Programming is planning, writing, executing, and testing instructions for a computer.

There are a few really basic ideas you need to understand when you are learning how to program a computer.

  1. output
  2. input
  3. variables
  4. iteration
  5. selection
  6. data types
  7. mathematical operators
  8. comparison operators

Once you master the ideas above, you will then need to better understand:

  1. common data structures
  2. objects
  3. classes
  4. calling an API
  5. parsing API reply
  6. file input / output
  7. File Formats: XML, plain text, JSON
  8. connecting to a database
  9. making database queries
  10. processing database results
  11. creating a graphical user interface

If you understand the above ideas, you can solve most problems with a computer.

A few more points:

  1. There is a difference between writing code and executing code. You should understand what happens when you execute a program.
  2. You should have a pretty good understanding of interpreted vs compiled languages.
  3. You should be familiar with two programming paradigms, procedural and object-oriented.