Programming

The Best Way to Learn Hardware/Software Programming

Computer systems are getting more and more expensive now. Around 2005 or so computers were somewhat costly but not horribly expensive; now a MacBook Pro can run close to $2000 or more. That is way too expensive to do experiments with. And that is a shame, because a whole generation of people will grow up with computers that are easy to break with a few ill-executed lines of software code; it is not too hard to brick your computer just by making a small mistake if you’re playing with the inner workings.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has recognized these problems, and has taken steps to address them. The Raspberry Pi is a series of single-board computers with 1 GB. of RAM and anywhere from 8-32 GB. of storage. These computers reduce computing to the bare essentials; if there’s a way to break them beyond repair by experimenting with them I have yet to find it. Here are some reasons that the Raspberry Pi is the best way to learn hardware and software programming.

They’re Cheap

A Raspberry Pi board runs about $35 USD or less. That is NOTHING for a computer system. These units have more power than any computer of the 1990s; you could in a pinch use them as an office computer for basic applications. I was able to get a Raspberry Pi plus a whole huge bag of accessories for me to do projects with for less than $100. You can start yours for far less than that; I’m just a junkie for all kinds of cool gear.

They’re Versatile

There are so many projects that you can do with your Raspberry Pi. If you look up any YouTube series you will see that people have done everything from creating VPN servers (a fairly simple process) to creating Bitcoin Mining devices (a fairly complex process). I was able to make a small desktop computer where was able to browse the internet easily and do normal activities. To test it, the first site I visited was dogsrant.com. I recently bought a dog DNA test from them because I wanted to see exactly what my mixed breed dog WAS. And I was not disappointed. With my regular computer down, the Raspberry Pi worked wonderfully!

They’re Demanding

Raspberry Pi computers don’t work out of the box. They do not ship with an operating system; you have to install that yourself. If you want to get your Raspberry Pi working you HAVE to learn how to do some basic command line operations. You are forced to learn some things along the way, so by the end of it you’ll have a much stronger knowledge of computers and hardware and software interactions than you did before.

I love my Raspberry Pi. It was not hard for me to get mine running, but it might take you a little more time. And that’s fine! Because the goal is learning, and the Pi will teach how you!

Best Programming Languages

Off the top of your head, what is the most useful language on Earth? Is it English, one of the most common? Is it Spanish? French maybe? No; think even MORE modern! Coding is rapidly becoming the most important language on Earth. However, there are quite a few dialects to coding languages; I want to help you figure out which ones you need to learn. You don’t need to know them all, but learning a few will help your programming journey out a lot!

Java

Java (not the same as Javascript!) is another one of the most famous and well-known programming languages. This is the way that Amazon and Netflix run, as well as every single native Android app. So if you want to be an Android developer, you need to learn Java! This language is logic-based and easy to learn; it’s like the difference between learning a flute from Wind Plays and learning the Tuba. The small instrument is easier to use! Java is the same way; not too difficult to learn.

HTML/CSS

HTML/CSS code is some of the most useful code that you can learn. Period. It is the first one that most beginning programmers learn, because it is rather similar to the English language. HTML is the base code for pretty much every website; that is how web browsers interpret code. CSS is the “skin” that makes HTML code look good; once you combine the two you have the basis for pretty much every website in existence.

SQL

This language is the basis of Dropbox and Google. Many hospitals and IT systems use it as well. It is designed to be used as a database language. If you ever want to go into business IT you will need to know this language. It is not too difficult to learn, and it is the most in-demand programming language on the planet.

Javascript

This is another amazing language that allows you to create a website that looks truly stunning. This is what allows you to embed moving animations and videos into your website. HTML/CSS is a great start to web design, but you really need to learn Javascript to create a truly great website that really looks good.

iOS/Swift

This is another very useful language if you want to go into app development. You need to know this language if you ever want to make anything for Apple iPhones. This is not an easy language to learn at first, but it can lead to very highly-paid jobs so it’s worth it! iPhone apps have netted their developers millions… So you could make a lot of money!

Programming is the most valuable second language that you could ever learn. It can be difficult, but worth it. It takes practice, just like an instrument from this place. But once you practice, you can get paid the big bucks!