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In your own words, what is computer programming?

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Julian’s Answer

Computer programming is writing down instructions to make a computer do what you want it to do.

Computers don't understand languages like English, French, and Spanish, so when you write down instructions for a computer you need to use a programming language.

For example, one programming language is called Python.

When you talk to people, you can often be a little bit imprecise, but you can't when programming because computers do exactly what you wrote, not what you meant!
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Melissa’s Answer

Computer programming is using software to automate functions or provide information to those who request it. It is a creative, analytical, detail oriented process. If you enjoy solving puzzles of any kind and you are good at keeping details at the forefront of your thinking process, you most likely have the aptitude for being a computer programmer. If 10 different developers were given the same set of requirements, the code to meet those requirements would be done in 10 different ways. Some may be similar, but no 2 solutions will look exactly the same. Keep your mind open, learn from your fellow development team teammates and you will learn something new every day. I've been at my job in IT for almost 30 years and I still learn from those I interact with. Never stop learning!
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Debra’s Answer

In my opinion, computer programming is the art of listening to end users to gather requirements and using software tools such as Visual Studio and SQL Server to create applications that solve problems for people. I started out in 2003 as a Help Desk Analyst and learned software development by taking online courses and following tutorials to create Windows and ASP.NET Web applications. It has been a lot of fun to combine my natural creativity with the technical skills I learned. In 2005 I received a Microsoft Certified Professional certification.

Design patterns and Object Oriented principles enable developers to write solid, well organized, maintainable code. Brainstorming and sharing ideas and solutions with other developers is as enjoyable as it is useful for keeping up with ever-changing technology.

Debra recommends the following next steps:

Start writing code.
Check out Stack Overflow and GitHub.
Join a forum such as Visual Studio Community.
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