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Ch 1: Introduction to Computer Programming Basics

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For a high-level introduction to computer programming, check out this collection of engaging computer science lessons. This convenient online chapter can be used for test preparation, homework help, professional development or independent learning.

Introduction to Computer Programming Basics - Chapter Summary

Follow along with our expert instructors to study the basics of computer programming. These short and engaging lessons define fundamental programming terms, and you can expect to study the programming toolbox, pseudocode, algorithms and the process of writing programs. Be sure to take the accompanying assessments to reinforce your understanding of the material. The chapter concludes with a comprehensive exam, and you can submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define fundamental programming concepts
  • Identify programming's five basic elements
  • Recognize the components of the programming toolbox
  • Explain how to map code using pseudocode
  • Analyze algorithms in programming
  • Code, test and debug a program

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Programming Basics
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What Is Programming? - Definition & Introduction for Beginning Programmers

1. What Is Programming? - Definition & Introduction for Beginning Programmers

Programming is the process that enables a computer to function. Learn the introductory concepts of programming, define the process, and understand its importance to computers and recognize the two skills necessary for programming.

5 Basic Elements Of Programming

2. 5 Basic Elements Of Programming

Computer programming is built upon five basic elements, including the input, output, loops and conditionals, mathematical, and variables and data structures. Explore the concepts of computer programming, discover the five core elements of programming, and find out how each element contributes to a computer program.

Programming Logic & Syntax: The Programming Toolbox

3. Programming Logic & Syntax: The Programming Toolbox

Programming languages all have their own unique set of rules, called syntax, which determines how symbols and words can be combined into a program. Explore the programming toolbox, including statements, variables, and keywords, and what purpose they serve in program syntax.

Using Pseudocode to Map Code

4. Using Pseudocode to Map Code

Pseudocode is a plain English version of the detailed steps of a computer program that can be read by non-programmers and used to map code. Explore the steps to writing a program, an example of pseudocode, and guidelines of pseudocode.

What is an Algorithm in Programming? - Definition, Examples & Analysis

5. What is an Algorithm in Programming? - Definition, Examples & Analysis

A programming algorithm is a sort of recipe that a computer uses to solve problems. Review the definition of an algorithm in programming, learn what one looks like through an example, and define terms such as procedure, inputs, outputs, and pseudocode.

How to Write a Program: Coding, Testing & Debugging

6. How to Write a Program: Coding, Testing & Debugging

Creating a software program involves writing code, testing code, and fixing any parts of the code that are wrong, or debugging. Analyze the process of writing a program, and discover how that process can be made easier with code editor software.

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