Working with electronics and microcontrollers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved and go deeper into your tech. There’s been much said of late about learning to code and I just want to throw my hat into that ring as well.
Learning to code will end up being one of the smartest things you’ll ever do – not just because you learn more about computing, but you learn how to think (yep, Steve Jobs said that) and learn how to problem-solve (I’m claiming dibs on that one). Coding teaches you how to break larger problems in to smaller bite-size chunks rather than be overwhelmed at a problem right from the start and not know where to turn.
Over the last few months, I’ve been writing a Java Masterclass in APC magazine, teaching the basics of how to code using the popular Java programming language.
Part #2 has now just gone up on the website and in this section, I talk about the basics of variables, how to get user input from the keyboard and how to start writing you own apps.
Java is a great language to learn – it runs on almost everything and is the basis for millions of apps on millions of Android tablets and phones. It’s also free to learn – in the series I show you all the software you need and how to get it.
So if you’ve never coded before, why not start – now? Using your favourite apps is fun, but why not learn to code your own?