Ulwazi Magazine

Coding 101: Let's Make Tech Magic Happen!

Are you someone who spends hours on your computer or smartphone? Have you ever wondered how those cool apps and games are made? Well, it’s time to unravel the mystery behind them! Welcome to the world of coding – where you can create anything you can imagine with just a few lines of instructions.

 

 

What is coding, you ask? Simply put, coding is like giving commands to your computer to make it do what you want. It’s the language that computers understand. Just like we speak English or Zulu, computers understand languages like Python, Java, or HTML.

 

Now, you might think coding is only for geniuses or computer geeks. But guess what? Anyone can learn to code, including you!

 

So, how do you get started? 

  1. Find Resources: Lucky for you, there are tons of free resources available online to help you learn to code. Websites like Codecademy, Khan Academy, and freeCodeCamp offer interactive tutorials and exercises to get you started.
  1. Choose Your Language: There are many programming languages out there, but for beginners, Python is a great place to start. It’s easy to learn, versatile, and widely used.
  1. Practice, Practice, Practice: Like any skill, coding requires practice. Start with small projects, like creating a simple website or building a basic game. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – that’s how you learn!

People who are really good at it often end up as computer programmers. These are the clever people who build the software and apps we use every day, turning lines of code into stuff that actually works!

 

 

If you’re thinking about becoming a computer programmer, there are different ways you can go about it. One common path is to study a BSc in Computer Science or Software Engineering at university. There are lots of universities across South Africa where you can do this, like UCT, Wits, UKZN, or Stellenbosch. You can also study the following Qualifications: 

BEng in Electrical, Computer, and Mechatronics BSc Multimedia BCom informatics B Information Systems (BIS) and Information Technology (BIT) 

 

 

In these programs, you’ll learn all sorts of things, like different programming languages, how to make programs work efficiently, and even how computers themselves work. You’ll also get chances to practice what you’ve learned by working on real projects or doing internships. By getting into coding, whether through university or self-teaching, you could set yourself up for a cool career as a computer programmer, shaping the digital world around us. 

Let’s get Coding!!!