Programming is the art of writing computer program using a programming language. It is the process of creating a set of instructions that tell a computer how to perform a task. Programming can be done using a variety of computer “languages,” such as BASIC, FORTRAN, PASCAL, COBOL, C, Java, Python, and C++.
In this Introduction to Programming, you are going to learn basics of programming languages and what it takes to become a programmer. It is usually involves a step-by-step procedure:
- Developing the program logic to solve the
- Writing the program logic in a specific
programming language (coding the program).
- Assembling or compiling the program to turn
it into machine language.
- Testing and debugging the program.
- Preparing the necessary documentation.
The logic is generally the most difficult part of programming. However, depending on the programming language, writing the statements may also be laborious.
Therefore, when you complete this online course or lecture note, you will gain knowledge that will help you to master any programming language of your choice. All the basic information needed to begin programming is covered in this course. Do not forget that the right programming language depends on what you intend to achieve. Some programming languages have strength in some areas like: device drivers, mobile applications, operating systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, expert system and so on.
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