Coding For Dummies

Coding For Dummies 1st Edition

The ability to read, write, and understand code has never been more important, useful, or lucrative as it is today. Computer code has forever changed our lives. Some people can’t even make it through the day without interacting with something built with code. Even so, for many people, the world of coding seems complex and inaccessible. Maybe you participated in a tech-related business meeting and did not fully understand the conversation. Perhaps you tried to build a web page for your family and friends, but ran into problems displaying pictures or aligning text. Maybe you’re even intimidated by the unrecognizable words on the covers of books about coding: words such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, or Ruby.

If you’ve previously been in these situations, then Coding For Dummies is for you. This book explains basic concepts so you can participate in technical conversations, and ask the right questions. Don’t worry — in this book I’ve assumed you are starting with little to no previous coding knowledge, and I haven’t tried to cram every possible coding concept into these pages. Additionally, I encourage you here to learn by doing, and by actually creating your own programs. Instead of a website, imagine that you wanted to build a house. You could spend eight years studying to be an architect, or you could start today by learning a little bit about foundations and framing. This book kickstarts your coding journey today.

The importance of coding is ever increasing. As author and technologist Douglas Rushkoff famously said, “program or be programmed.” When humans invented languages and then the alphabet, people learned to listen and speak, and then read and write. In our increasingly digital world, it is important to learn not just how to use programs, but how to make them as well. For example, observe this transition in music. For over a century, music labels decided what songs the public could listen to and purchase. In 2005, three coders created YouTube, which allowed anyone to release songs. Today more songs have been uploaded to YouTube than have been released by all the record labels in the last century combined.

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