Computer Programming for Beginners

By Paul Cartmell

According to the Kossiakoff Computer Center Facility website, computer programming is the writing of basic instructions for a computer to follow and run a specific program.


In its most basic form, computer programming informs a computer when to turn switches within the computer on and off, using number 1s for on and 0s for off. The Kossiakoff Computer Center Facility website reports computers run at a high speed, allowing millions of instructions to be completed each second.


Computer Programming for Beginners reports object-oriented programming (OOP) began to be used in the 1980s. Programming languages, such as Java and C++, allow programmers to give instructions to certain objects within a computer program.


According to the Computer Programming for Beginners website, the birth of modern computer programming came about with the creation of IBM’s Fortran program for scientific uses in 1957.