PROGRAMMING COMPUTERS IS a lot of fun. It’s also a skill that many people see as mysterious and even magical. This chapter unmasks programming to show you just how easy it can be to start your own coding adventure.
Computer programming, also known as coding, is how people tell computers what to do. What sorts of things can you do after you learn to program? For starters, you can write your own computer games, create modifications (or “mods”) for existing games, program robots to do your bidding, create beautiful computer art and animations, and instruct your computer to play songs! The best part is that the whole time you’re doing all these fun things, you’re learning a valuable skill that is in sky-high demand!
Can you think of other things that computers can do? Think of all the things that programmers can tell computers to do. There are hundreds, or thousands, of things. Think about all the things you see computers do every day—and not just the fun things. Computer programs are used to create new medicines, design buildings, do complex mathematics, control cars, and so much more.
This is the amazing world in which computer ...