Before you start learning how to code, you will need to gain an understanding of some of the foundational concepts of programming languages. Here are a few examples of programming language fundamentals:
In programming languages, variables are used to store and manage data so that programmers can easily retrieve and manipulate the data without needing to keep track of its storage location. Rather than addressing a piece of data directly, programmers can call upon a certain piece of data by using the variable’s label.
For example, let’s say that you have a variable named “prices,” and within this variable, you can store a list of prices from a data set. This way, when a programmer wants to retrieve prices from the data stored inside the variable, they can call upon the data using the name “prices” without needing to input the data’s storage location.
We briefly mentioned data types earlier when we were talking about type-checking. In a computer program, data within a variable can be assigned a specific “type” or class that determines how the data can be used and manipulated.
A few different examples of data types include:
- Integers – Integers are whole numbers that do not have decimal points. These can be positive, negative, or zero.
- Strings – A String is a data type that is made up of letters, spaces, and symbols. Strings can be used to represent names, words, sentences, or any other combination of these characters.
- Boolean – Boolean is a data type that is represented by either a true or a false value. These are often used in programming to help the code decide what it should do next. For example, if “x” is true, then do “y.”
- Objects – An object is a more complex data type in which multiple pieces of associated information can be stored. For example, if your objects within this data type are dogs, they may include details such as name, breed, color, size, etc.
Keep in mind that there are many other data types that can be used for different programming purposes.
A simple way to think of control structures is like programming logic. Control structures are programming tools that make it possible to determine the sequence of your code’s execution. They can tell your code to make decisions, repeat functions, and skip steps within the code.
In language, syntax refers to the structure with which sentences and ideas are formed, ultimately governing the way you would speak or write. The same is true in programming languages, and each one has its own syntax.
Frameworks and Libraries
- A web browser: Google Chrome, FireFox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari, are all examples of web browsers. Each browser comes with browser developer tools to help you debug and inspect your code.
- An online learning source: this could be something as simple as YouTube tutorials to help you study and learn concepts before trying them out yourself.
We all have different learning styles and abilities, and some people certainly are more adept than others when it comes to acquiring new skills. With that being said, we want to highlight the importance of hands-on learning. According to some studies, hands-on learning is far more valuable than reading and lecturing alone.
Please know that these time frames are based on students who are actively pursuing their education by attending an academic institution.
If you are doing one or both of these things, then you will likely be learning many other related skills, such as subsequent frameworks and libraries, tricks and insights, and programming best practices. Realistically speaking, students who finish their education and begin working as a developer right away should have expert-level knowledge and skills in about one to two years.
Since 2014, LearningFuze has been developing an in-depth and hands-on teaching model that is preparing students to be the next generation of tech professionals. We offer both in-person and online learning opportunities, as well as full-time and part-time class schedules.
Our course materials are designed to be intuitive and straightforward so anyone can learn them, with or without a precursory knowledge of programming. By the time you complete our development course, you will also have a tangible portfolio to share with potential employers so you can show them your skills.
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