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Top 3 Programming Languages

At Galileo we welcome all languages, especially the ones we use to code ;)
By Heidi van Heerden - Images provided by Jenny Paglinawan

 

Coding is not just a language, it’s a way of life. It’s hard work to understand someone else, there is psychology, feelings and all kinds of abstract things involved. So we thought we’d make life simple by helping you understand a programming language instead. It’s as easy as following instructions! If you can bake a cake, make a cup of coffee or follow the instructions of wearing a mask, coding will feel like a walk in the park.

They say when you teach a man how to fish, he will forever be grateful for this allows him to make a living and feed his family. Since the world is virtually dependent on technology, why not teach a kid how to code?

If you can follow instructions, I bet you that coding will be as easy as one, two three. Don’t think of it as the intimidating technology you saw in the Matrix movie, imagine teaching your kid how to change a light bulb instead. The more practical you make it, the easier it will be.

Take coding with SCRATCH for instance, for any newbie, novice or aspiring game developer, this is the place to start! Learn about the building blocks, how to make an animated character move and follow simple instructions to add your very own sounds.

When you’ve mastered SCRATCH or simply feel the need to challenge yourself, check out Python to see what you are letting yourself in for. If you are anything like our students at Galileo, you may even become bilingual.

Somewhere between JavaScript, Python and Scratch you may have thought to yourself that this is brand new information and you don’t have a cooking clue what it’s about. We can assure you that the first person who heard of a Ford Fiesta, a Range Rover or a Bentley thought exactly the same. It’s going to be okay. If you know how to switch on a computer and follow instructions, this will feel like a ride on the safe side.

Just get in, enjoy the ride and allow us to explain the new form of mechanical engineering to the tiny driver who will be representing your family one day.

If this all sounds too challenging to do, do what any kid does to figure things out and watch a YouTube tutorial. Who knows, you may even start coding too!

If this continues to sound like Greek to you, think about how cool it would be if you helped your kid create a website. Better yet, imagine how proud any school, university or potential CEO will be when that very same YouTube fanatic designs their own web page and uses it as a portfolio. You have all this and more right at your fingertips, how you choose to implement it, is up to you.

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