LinkedIn principal author Doug Winnie explains the importance of breaking down a task into clear and complete steps to complete the task as you would expect. We all make assumptions when we complete actions ourselves, and it is important to define tasks in a way that make it foolproof for anyone, or anything, to complete them.
- Part of a programmer's job is to take complicated tasks…and break them down into individual steps…that can't be broken down any further.…It is like looking at water…and drilling down to the molecules…and then the atoms that form it.…You dive down to the smallest element…that forms the basis of the object.…Now take that principle and apply it to an action.…We take for granted so many steps…that are part of a group of actions.…Let's look at an example.…
Let's take out the trash.…The phrase take out the trash…probably conjures up a few things in your mind.…If someone tells me, hey Doug,…can you take out the trash, please?…There are certain steps that I'm already forming in my head…around what I have to do.…For my home these are the steps that I need to do.…First, I need to go to the kitchen…and grab the full garbage bag out of the trash can,…then I take it around the house…and empty the smaller trash cans…in the bedroom and bathroom into it,…then I take it to the curbside can and put it inside.…
That's it, I took out the trash.…
Join Doug Winnie as he explains the principles of programming and helps you connect to core concepts by exploring three ways that programmers perform their jobs. Doug starts by sharing the history of coding and then dives into functions, values, variables, and parameters used to define actions. He covers capturing input from users, creating conditional tests, using loops with arrays, and object-oriented programming basics. He also takes you beyond programming, into processes like debugging, refactoring, and building iteratively.
- Working with values and variables
- Breaking down tasks
- Customizing functions and parameters
- Building conditional tests
- Creating and changing arrays
- Working with objects and classes
- Debugging and refactoring code
- Going beyond the code as a programmer
Skill Level Beginner
1. Control Computers with Code
2. Define Actions Using Code
3. Repeat Actions and Test for Conditions
4. Objects and OOP
5. Beyond Programming
Debug problems2m 50s
Next steps1m 19s
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