With all of the time I’ve devoted to learning how to program, and understanding software development, you’d think that by this point I would have been to a lot of developer meetups by now. It has been more than a few years that I’ve been doing this sort of thing after all, so it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that I have been to more than a few meetups hear or there. Surprising as it may be, the last two months were the first meetups I’ve ever been too.
Learning to program can be challenging. Figuring out what language to even start with can be even more challenging. Have you found yourself scrolling through blog after blog, forum after forum, pulling at your hair ’till it’s gone, just to get an idea as to where you should start? Choosing the right first programming language is easier than most make it out to be. So let’s look at the one most simple technique to get you there.
Understanding parameters and how they are used can be frustrating. It’s an essential part of programming, and if you don’t take the time to master it, your code will be forever hindered, and you will be banging your head against your keyboard indefinitely until you rage quit technology. In this post I will discuss what parameters are, how they are used, and the difference between formal, and actual parameters.
This week in school, our discussion assignment was to discuss the importance and advantages of using functions in programming. I’ve been using Khan Academy for about 6 months now for studying math, and computer science outside of school, So I’ve seen a lot of beginners on the site who don’t understand the purpose of using functions. Hopefully this article sheds a little light on this topic for those who also don’t understand.
In this week at school, our discussion assignment asked us to post about the difference between ‘=’ and ‘==’ in Python. I put a pretty decent amount of effort in this assignment, so I thought I’d share it here.
In our last tutorial we looked at how to install Python and how to start it in our command line. When we opened up Python in our command line, I called it an interpreter. In today’s lesson we will look at what an interpreter is, what a compiler is, and we’ll understand the difference between the two.
Before we move on to anything else, we need to get ourselves set up so we can actually start programming. So in this tutorial we are going to learn how to install Python and an environment called IDLE. At the end, we’ll open our command line, and make our first program.
When I first started learning how to program on my own, I was overwhelmed with all of the info on the web and in books. I found that there were a lot of basic questions that I couldn’t find the answers for, and I still see these questions asked by other beginners today. Today, I answer those questions.