WHAT IS CODING?
Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow.
Computers are not clever things, however they are very obedient. They will do exactly what you want them to do, so long as you tell them how to do it correctly.
Learning to code has been likened to learning a foreign language, or perhaps more specifically a family of foreign languages.
WHY IS CODING IMPORTANT?
Code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer programme, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age.
Over the next 10 years it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them.
Jobs not directly linked to computer sciences – such as banking, medicine and journalism – will also be affected by the need for at least an understanding of programming and coding.
Linda Liukas, co-founder of coding workshop programme Rail Girls, believes that coding is “the literacy of the 21st century” and the need for people to speak the ABC of programming is imminent.
“Our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it. More importantly, writing software is about expression, creativity – and practical application,” Liukas told IBTimes UK.
“Our kids should learn to bend, join, break and combine code in a way it wasn’t designed to. It’s a whole generation of kids that will use code like our generation used words.”
HOW CAN I LEARN TO CODE?