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How to start coding

Coding, also referred to as programming is the process of creating instructions for your computer to make it do what you want. Software is made of programs that have code written to make them work. You can also create software to do something by coding. For example, you can create a program that helps you calculate taxes to be paid. You can then use the program to calculate your taxes and even share it with others.

Once you master coding, you can look forward to a career as a programmer or software engineer who works to create programs for commercial software products. This is one of the top careers and programmers are paid well. If you are interested to write programs, then you need to learn to code. If you wanted to know how to start coding, then our guide will help you.

Decide the type of code you want to write

When you write code, you write it for a specific purpose. It may be to create an app that works on a mobile phone. In this case, you need to learn a coding language that helps you to develop apps for Android, iOS, or other mobile platforms. If you want to learn coding to develop a program that works on a website, you may need to learn Java programming or any other such coding language to create webpages.

Depending on what type of code you are planning to create, you can decide the coding language. This will allow you to focus on a particular language to master. Once you are proficient in this language, you can expand your skills by learning additional languages.

Where and how to learn?

There are different ways to approach the art of learning how to code. Coding is not very difficult. If you have the interest and can think logically, then you can learn coding on your own. You can learn coding by referring to books and tutorials that teach you how to code in a step-by-step manner.  There are plenty of videos available online that demystify coding for you.

These videos teach you how to code using simple examples. All you need is to have are resources like a computer that has the programming language toolkit. It can be downloaded easily online. Most of the resources to learn coding are available for free. You can learn coding and start writing complex code through these free resources.

If you prefer to have a dedicated teacher to guide you systematically, then you can join a course. You can do this course at a training institute or join an online course. The popularity of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) allow you to learn from the convenience of your home. MOOC portals like edX, Coursera, and Udemy allow you to do courses on programming offered by leading Universities and institutions. The certification can help you in your quest for a career.

Practice and learn

Programming needs practice to master it. You need to keep writing programs and run it. When the program fails, look it as an opportunity to learn something new. Keep practicing coding and keep learning. That is the secret to becoming a good coder. Learning never ends, so keep yourself updated. This is how you can start coding and look forward to becoming proficient in it.