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Aug 18 2015

What is Code?

by Jesse M

It is sometimes said that in this digital age we now live in, programming is the new literacy. The ubiquitous nature of software products in our modern life means that even if we don’t realize it, code is all around us, running on our smartphones, handling our banking transactions, and helping to circulate library materials! As software has gradually woven its way into our day-to-day lives, we’ve become increasingly dependent on the services it makes available, which also makes us dependent on the programmers who wrote the code–and who occasionally must step back into the picture to fix any problems that arise.

Back in June, Paul Ford wrote an excellent article titled What is Code? which does an in-depth and thorough job of examining what code is and how it affects our lives. It bounces back and forth between an examination of some of the most popular and/or seminal programming languages to how IT departments operate in the corporate world. It is a multimedia document with a lot of fun and interactive examples and conceptual demonstrations–and is easily the best and most comprehensive depiction of the subject I’ve ever encountered.

If you’re interested in learning more about some of the programming languages discussed in the article, you can check out one of the many related books that DCPL has to offer.

Coding for dummies cover

Coding for Dummies

Beginning Programming with C for Dummies

MySQL Cookbook [ebook]

Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours

Mastering Perl

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Ken August 18, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Around the time of the article, Paul Ford was also a guest on the Charlie Rose show to discuss this topic. http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60575137

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