Programming languages: Mastering the basics

Programming only seems difficult to those who are yet to learn it or have no interest in it. Although, if you are interested in learning programming languages either for personal use or to secure a job role in an IT company, then it’s only a matter of following the right steps and always practicing.

When learning program languages, you have to choose carefully which language you’d prefer to learn because it’s almost impossible to learn it all at once. Hone your skills on one of the languages and when you are sure that you’ve known all there is to know about it, then try learning another language.

What is a programming language?

Programming languages are a set of vocabulary instructions that are given to a computer to execute and deliver specific skills. The languages used in programming are called computer languages and involve the use of both low and high-level languages like Java, Python, C, C++, and many more.

These programming languages have a distinctive set of patterns in which they are written along with a syntax that organizes program instructions. There are multiple tasks that can be carried out through the use of programming languages, each language role is different from the other. There are over 9000 programming languages with which machines and computers are made to implement.

Categories of Programing languages

There are two categories of programming languages in which the functions of each language falls in and they are:

  1. Low-level language: This includes machine language and assembly language. The low-level language is ideally the easiest language to understand for computers that can implement the given instructions.
  2. High-level language: This includes problem-oriented language and natural language. Unlike the above language type, this is similar to the human language such as words. The high-level language also uses mathematical symbols when performing its tasks and it is easy to learn. Writing such language takes less time and correcting the errors isn’t a problem.

Types of Programing languages

Having said that each programing language has its own distinct uses, the following are some of the programming languages which are mostly in demand if you’re looking to learn a programing language:

  1. Python: Undoubtedly the easiest language to learn, this is object-oriented and a high-level language that was designed for an easy operation, it’s mostly on demand for those who are interested in creating quick developments. It has a wide range of uses and one of its programs is AI (artificial intelligence).
  2. Javascript: Often mistaken for Java, though this programming language also uses the Java syntax, it is mostly used for web browser coding. Javascript is a high-level language that’s used in creating web pages and writing codes which run on web browsers. It’s used along with CSS and HTML to include web browser-based games and video players.
  3. C: Being the most dominant language in the programming world, it’s essential to know how to use C. Despite being the first programming language, it is still one of the most demanded skills and is quite complex in understanding. However, variances of C can be found in C++, Python, and Java. Often used in developing system applications like Linux and Windows, C is also used in creating graphics and games alike.

How to master the basics of programming languages

  1. Understand the programming language: Before attempting to learn a programming language, understand what there is to know about the language. Read books and articles online, search for their uses, strengths, and weaknesses. Understand the coding concepts like data structures, variables, tools, control structures, and syntax. Make sure that you have a full depth of what language you’d prefer to learn.
  2. Select the programming language of your choice: Although there is no end to learning new things, it is advisable that you pick one programming language and focus on garnering knowledge on it. If you are a beginner, Python should be the first language to learn as it’s easier to understand. With Python, you can develop applications like system scripting, web development, and software development. Advantageously, Python is capable of operating on different platforms which means you don’t have to find a particular system to use it.
  3. Begin with easier tasks: Try not to overexert yourself by taking on difficult or professional-level tasks. Start by writing simple codes to solve simple problems, write down the procedures taken to get the desired results so you don’t forget them. From this point on, you can then move on to solving complex problems.
  4. Set a goal: Before setting out to learn how to use program languages, you must have a goal that you’re working towards achieving by mastering the language. Programming languages hold multiple effects and use like desktop software, mobile applications, and building websites. It is up to you to know what you’d rather do with your knowledge of any of the programming languages.
  5. Finding the necessary resources: When learning the basics of programming languages, it is important that you find a specific source where you get your resources, search for books that can help with your learning online. A few online resources are Treehouse, Codecademy, Coursera/ edX, Code Avengers.

Coding isn’t a skill that can be learned in one day, it takes time, energy, and patience because, during your period of learning, you are bound to make mistakes a couple of times.

Build a schedule for your learning process and whenever you hit a block, take a step back, go play some games or engage in a relaxing activity before you return to learning the programming language.

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