The Best Beginner Coding Language in 2018 (for Non-Programmers)
Python is the best for you. You’re reading this because you want to learn how to code without becoming an actual software developer. Maybe you want to write small apps to automate those mundane spreadsheet tasks. Maybe you want to write a little code to automatically retrieve the latest eBay listings for that rare vintage video game that you’ve been looking for. Or maybe you have some free time and you’re just interested in learning more about computers. With Python, you can do each of these things. And the syntax of it is ridiculously simple. Let’s tackle our resolutions the right way. With a new year, comes a new opportunity, and currently, it has never been more practical to learn how to code.
Programming languages are notorious for being unreadable to the untrained eye. Crazy words and variables create an overwhelming environment for someone who is not used to it. Python is the beginner-friendly anomaly. It is incredibly easy to read and comprehend. Much of the syntax (syntax is the way a programming language is written) closely resembles common English words and spelling. It is easy for your mind to connect words to functions, and reading it is not so stressful. For example, a common task for programmers is printing some sort of output or display to the screen. This can easily be done with the print function as shown below:
That’s the print function. You type ‘print’ followed by parentheses and quotes. Within the quotes, you can write whatever you’d like to output to the screen.
In addition to its easiness, there’s also tons of support that you can find online. There are plenty of different resources that you can use to learn and many different forums to ask questions. Some popular websites that I’ve used are YouTube, Code.org, Codecademy, HackerRank, StackOverflow, and many more! There is so much out there, you really just have to start Googling and you will eventually come across a resource that you are most comfortable with.
Another aspect to note is that the community for Python developers is growing increasingly large. Not only does this mean that there are a ton of resources, but there are also many prewritten libraries, utilities, and tools. Libraries are prewritten modules of code that allow you to create powerful tools without having to rewrite the same code. Because Python is so popular, very intelligent programmers have already created a vast number of libraries that anybody can import and incorporate into their own personal projects. This makes it very welcoming for beginners that are just learning, and hobbyists that are working on side projects. It allows you to develop apps much more quickly and saves you a lot of time.
So hopefully you’re convinced. Python is the way to go. It’s easy and quick, and it’s perfect for people who are busy, yet motivated to tackle the new year right. Go on Google and YouTube, get to those tutorials and forums, and start coding.