LinkedIn principal author Doug Winnie explains what you should know before taking this course. He describes how you don’t have to have any existing programming or computer knowledge other than recognizing common computer and software terms. It is recommended to first watch the Computer Science Principles: Digital Information course.
- This course is a basic explanation of how programming works. You don't need any existing programming or computer knowledge other than recognizing common computer and software terms. This course extends the Computer Science Principles: Digital Information course that explains how everything we work with in the real world is broken down into binary bits. These bits are the core instructions that code is able to manipulate and control. Also, this course doesn't require any special hardware or software.
Associated with this course is a series of programming lab courses. This course isn't based on a specific programming language, that's what are labs are for. The programming labs take the concepts that are in this course and apply them to specific programming languages. For educators, this course covers four of the seven big ideas of the computer science principles curriculum including abstraction, algorithms, programming, and global impact.
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