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An Introduction to Coding

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Computer Coding Skills
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The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.

“Having a passion for strategy games is a signal you could have an underlying aptitude for programming”

Job Opportunities and Salaries

Computer programmers work in manufacturing, industry, engineering, government offices, hospitals, and educational institutions. Many experienced computer programmers advance to supervisor or higher levels and there are several types of programmer.

The computer programmer works on application programs such as designing accounting procedure. The Applications computer programmer will meet with the client and designers to understand the scope of the project before they begin to write the code. The Systems computer programmer writes programs to maintain and control systems software that may run systems such as a large office’s computer network. Whatever type of computer programmer you want to be there is a wide marketplace for your skills and good people are in high demand.

Programming pays well and a junior programmer can expect a salary well above the national average and start, depending on location and nature of industry, from around £20,000. Senior programmers with specific expertise can easily earn in upwards of £70,000 and consultancy rates of between £70 and £150 per hour are not uncommon.

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Links to Articles

Consider whether a career in coding and software development might be right for you.

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/ten-signs-career-coding-software-development-right-for-you

Coding Is the Must-Have Job Skill of the Future

http://mashable.com/2013/04/30/job-skill-future-coding/#f8ABeG971qkU

Starting from “Scratch”

Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers.

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Website: http://scratch.mit.edu Sign-up and have a go!

Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.

Additional resources and learning Opportunities

html coding practice

Tutorials on HTML as well as other forms of coding available here – http://www.w3schools.com/

weebly

The Easiest Way to Make a Website
It’s surprisingly easy to create your own website, blog or online store

Once you start to understand how a webpage is put together head over to weebly.com and try out this website editor. This will show you how easy it is to build a website without the need for time consuming coding. However sometimes you may want to add code to your web page.  For example you want your target audience to include Welsh speakers.

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Hour of Code Website

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

codeclub

A nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11

codacademy

http://www.codecademy.com

Codecademy is an education company. But not one in the way you might think. We’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future.

treehouse

http://teamtreehouse.com

Learn by actually building something yourself! By watching our course videos and coding along in Workspaces, our browser-based code editor, you can see the results of your work in real-time.