Many Tips to Avoid Coding Mistakes by Learning

Programming Education

Programming education (also called computer science education) is the act of teaching programming languages, the field of computer software engineering, and related topics to students. Programming education is a broad field – in fact it’s more accurate to say that there are several fields with slight variations under the term “programming education”. Generally, these variations can be distinguished by different audiences and different levels of expertise.

The most general programming education is taught to all learners in schools, where as the most advanced programming education is usually reserved for university students of computer science. However, there are more “formal” distinctions that can be made – for example, the programming languages used in introductory classes are usually very different from those used in advanced classes.

How to Start Learning Computer Programming

Computer programming is a difficult field. You have to understand a lot of theory and your brain has to be able to work with complex formulas and algorithms. But it’s not impossible! You don’t necessarily need any background in computer programming to start learning how; you just need the right tools and the right mindset.

There is no one magic way to learn a programming language, but there are several well-known approaches to learning programming.

The most common approach to learning computer programming is what is called “the typical PC textbook method”, which simply means that you work through the book or internet course that teaches you the basic concepts of the language in question. This is probably one of the most popular ways to learn a programming language because it’s simple and effective: you can read through an entire book on its own while taking breaks when needed, which helps with memorization and also allows for good pacing.

Another popular way to learn programming is using “coding bootcamps” such as free online websites, video tutorials, and interactive websites. These are more active than just reading a book: you interact with examples in your browser or on your computer while watching a video tutorial on the internet or interacting with other learners on a forum. Depending on how interactive the website or video course is, you can even get feedback right away. Coding bootcamps are also great for learning because they don’t require any money!

One method that might appeal to more experienced learners is learning programming through trial and error.

Programming Education Software

The most general programming learning is taught to all students in schools, where as the most advanced programming education is usually reserved for university students of computer science. However, there are more “formal” distinctions that can be made – for example, the programming languages used in introductory classes are usually very different from those used in advanced classes.

The website LearnProgramming is also a great resource for learning programming – it has several online courses covering different topics of computer programming including C++, Java, Python, SQL, and HTML/CSS. LearnProgramming also has free courses for beginners in different programming languages. The universities Pearson IT Certification offers free online video courses as part of the Learn to Program series – these are very popular among programmers since they are short and practical.

List of most Popular Software used for Programming Education

Tynker

Tynker is a system that helps people learn to code and solve problems. Tynker says its mission is to “help as many kids build skills in computational thinking that will enable them to have amazing careers and live better lives.”

Code.org

Code.org’s mission is to “to provide K-12 schools with the tools, training and support they need for their students to learn computer science.”

Scratch

Scratch is a programming language made by MIT Media Lab still written in the programming language Processing, which has been ported into JavaScript, Adobe Flash, Python (binding), Ruby (binding), Perl( binding) and Microsoft Silverlight. The project was started by Mitchel Resnick and colleagues; as of early 2011, it remained a research effort within the Lifelong Kindergarten Group.

Alice

Alice is a free programming system for teaching object-oriented programming, originally developed by the late Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University for his “Famous Artists” course in 2000 (later published in a popular book).

CodeCombat

CodeCombat is an innovative educational platform that blends gamification, 3D game design, and collaborative coding together into a new way to learn how to code. CodeCombat wants to teach you how to build video games in order to build your first product.

ScratchJr

User interface and art on the iPad is provided by Code Kingdoms, another MIT project. ScratchJr is currently in beta testing.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a visual block programming language designed for beginners to learn how to code visually, without having to write code. By dragging and dropping visual blocks, kids can program what their character does in the game world.

Python fiddle

Python fiddle makes it easy to run any python program online and share it with other developers as well as see other developers code and interact with it.

Python Tutor

Python Tutor http://www.pythontutor.org is a project to help people learn and use the Python programming language.

Threes

A game about numbers, where you tap on tiles to create a three.

TinyCoder

TinyCoder is an online community for teachers to share and use resources for K-12 students in mathematics, science, drama, music and visual arts.

Grockit

Grockit is an open source, easy to use platform for teaching children how to code. It is a toy that teaches programming using visual blocks and blocks can be drag and dropped and [programmed] to do anything.

Code Club

Code Club is the biggest educational technology company in Europe. They create online learning tools for children aged 8–16, which help develop their coding skills. In 2015 they launched a UK-wide programme called Code Club UK to help build their organisation’s profile within that market.

ThinkCoderz

A game that teaches children how to code and learn programming concepts.

Hasbro’s “Monopoly Gamerz”

A semi-interactive, digital version of classic board game Monopoly. Within the game, players can not only play as their favorite characters, but also learn coding in the process with no previous experience required.

Levels of Programmers

There are three levels of programmers: beginner, intermediate, and expert.

The beginner level is for people who have absolutely no experience with programming. They can learn the basics of programming through introductory courses. They may be able to learn how to code and use basic programming skills without a four-year degree in computer science. Courses that teach the basics of programming, such as Python for beginners and Beginners in Programming, are very popular.

Intermediate level refers to an environment where the programmers are familiar with the basics of programming but need to further learn about more advanced skills. It also refers to a project team where at least one person has started his or her career and is working on the project with others.

Intermediate level is for people who have taken an introductory course or two and want to go a little bit further. They learn more complex skills like computer science theory and how to write the code in different languages like Python or C++ as well as other related topics.

Expert level is not limited to professionals only but can also be reached by general computer user who have some experience in programming, even though it’s just a little bit of experience. An advantage of these programmers is that they have plenty of experience in using computer programs that can help them when working on their own projects. They also know how to use modern software and tools for developing programs.

Expert level is for people looking forward to jobs as software engineers; this involves understanding all the principles behind computer science theory such that they can design efficient programs from scratch or work on design modifications of existing programs in order to make them better.

How much Time is Needed to Learn to Code?

The time needed to learn programming is relative. Some people pick it up very fast and others take a long time. The time needed to be a beginner programmer is around 2 weeks.

The time needed to be an intermediate programmer is between 1–2 months, depending on the learner’s motivation, approach to learning and how often they practice coding.

The time needed to reach expert level is undefined and depends on how much the learner reads about computer science theory and programming in general. Also depends on how long the learner has been coding for without attaining any certifications. It can take anywhere from a few months to years.

How much Money is Needed to Learn to Code?

Programming is an investment. It is very hard to make money from coding. One of the reasons for this is that you need to know something first: the basics of computer science theory. This may sound like an excuse, but it is not because it is also one of the most promising fields of study in the world right now as it is in so many other areas such as medicine, architecture, business and many others.

Most programmers must take a job for a year or two to get established in their field or break even until they can afford to start developing their own projects in a small agency before they can go on to work on their own projects full-time and provide for themselves and their families. You will be successful if you love what you do, and enjoy your life.

Can you Pay for a Programming Tutor?

If your friend or family member is a good tutor, ask them if they can teach you. If they cannot, then find other tutors in your area on places such as Craigslist or local businesses. Another option is to attend Meetups in your area that may have tutors who you can learn from.

Do not waste your money on online courses that cost hundreds of dollars or for certificates that are not worth anything. You can learn the same things with open source resources at no cost.

Can you just Go to School?

Some schools offer web design and development degrees or certificates. These are typically very expensive and will take too long to complete for most people with full-time jobs.

Another option is to attend a bootcamp. These are mostly online, relatively inexpensive and quick. However, when you finish, there are not many jobs available because most companies still want experienced programmers that have worked on real-world projects for years, so if you do not get a job soon after graduating the bootcamp then you will have to wait another year or two before you can really start making a living as a developer.

The reason so many bootcamps have popped up recently is because of the rise in software development as an industry.

How to get Started with Programming?

First thing you need to do is note down your own questions on a piece of paper. Then, you can search the internet for answers or ask someone who already knows what you are trying to achieve.

This will help you make a list of questions and find resources that could help with your learning process. Also, it will give you a deadline so that you know when to expect an answer or when your goal is achieved. This will help keep your motivation going and prevent procrastination from occurring which can ultimately lead to becoming discouraged.

Final Toughts on Programming Education

As programming is an ever-changing field, across all platforms, languages and methods, the list of ideas has grown rapidly. This means that there is now an endless supply of content to choose from. This is great, but it can also be very daunting for beginners, especially if they are spending money on courses or certificates that teach no useful skills.

However, you can get started with little investment and knowledge of computer science. It does not have to be hard to learn programming; it just needs a little bit of motivation and some basic information from the internet about programming in general. You can find many free resources online which will help you get started as well as provide a good foundation for further learning and progress.

There are completely free books for beginners as series in collections of online books that teach real-world programming to people who are ready to learn. Each book in these series teaches a specific language and covers the basic concepts needed to start programming. The books in these series are available as free PDF downloads or on the internet for free. You can read all of them on your computer, tablet, or e-reader and also print some pages from each book to get an idea of the content that will help you study more efficiently. This way you can just download the PDF files and read them over and over again until you memorize all the contents.

I hope this article has given you some encouragement to keep working on your procrastination. You will find what works for you in time. From my perspective, the most important thing to keep in mind is that, you will need to see programming as an enjoyable experience. Have fun, learn from others and try to get out of your own way.

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Benkő Attila is a Hungarian senior software developer, independent researcher and author of many computer science related papers.

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