What is computer programming?
Computer programming is a phrase used with a wide scope. The action primarily means that developing or coding computer software using a computer programming language. Let’s look at the evolution of computer programming.
At the inception of Von Neumann computers, there was nothing called computer programming. Of course there were instructions given to the computers for carrying out certain tasks, but they were loosely called programming. These instructions lacked some of the properties of the programming practices we find nowadays.
In the early days, computer programming was purely performed with binary instructions. The computers were fed binary instructions as the computers could not understand any other language. Since feeding binary instructions was the most difficult task, the scientists were keen on developing an easier method for giving instructions to the computers. As a result of this, Assembly language was introduced for the world of computer programming.
Since Assembly language made computer programming easy, there were more scientists for the purpose of writing computer programs for early mainframes. Still, computer programming was performed by a selected group of scientists as there were only a few computers available in the world.
With the introduction of personal computer, the computer usage and computer literacy started to expand. Although there were only computer ‘users’ at first, ‘computer programmers’ started to emerge as there were more simple and straight forward computer programming languages introduced. The introduction of such computer programming languages made computer programming popular and fun.
When the visual programming languages (the languages that had visual components to drag-and-drop) started to emerge, computer programming became further easy. Even children with a fair knowledge of computer use could write simple computer programs with these visual languages.
How to get in to computer programming?
There are no formal qualifications or education requirements for getting in to computer programming. If you have degree in computer science, then it is surely a great foundation for your career. There are many genius programmers who come with no educational background but with a lot of creativity and commitment.
If you want to become an expert computer programmer, then you need to master the computer programming basics and techniques. Then you can move on learning your favorite computer programming language. Once you are an expert of the language, you can start working for a software company. But remember, to become a genius, you should know more than a programming language!