Which Programming Language to choose to learn first? As I said in this post, I’ve received opposing advice from more knowledgeable peers about which might be easier and why. I need to figure out which language is easier for me, and start there.
I can’t yet say which I think will be easier to continue with, but I can simply say that I’m understanding more, making coding in general feel easier.
Math is probably the most basic thing you can do with programming, so possibly the easiest to understand for complete beginners or non-code types:
A String is a sequence of characters. Here are the very basic ways the two tutorials explain strings:
A Function is a block of code designed to perform a particular task. Here are some side-by-side examples:
Even though my understanding is still completely basic and virtually non-existent, I find it helpful to put this stuff side-by-side and at least begin to understand the similarities and differences. “Compare and contrast” is a pretty basic and universal way to learn about two things. Children do this from infancy. Since my knowledge of coding is still in it’s infancy, it’s no wonder I’m relying on these types of strategies, and I think that’s ok.
I still can’t program anything, and I’m spending a lot of time learning about coding. At some point, I will have to really put my money where my mouth is and figure out how to use code to DO something. The best part about being a true constructivist teacher and learner, however, is that you learn to build a trust in the unknown. I take comfort in that trust.