Welcome to our comprehensive series designed to guide you through the realm of programming. Tailored for those new to the world of coding, this collection of articles provides a step-by-step approach to understanding the fundamentals of programming. We’ll start with the basics, delving into concepts like variables, data types, and control structures, gradually advancing to more complex topics such as algorithms, data structures, and software design principles.

Whether you’ve never penned a line of code or are seeking a structured refresher, this series offers the explanations and guidance you need to navigate the software industry. Our hands-on tutorials, lucid explanations, and practical examples aim to make the learning process both engaging and intuitive. Join us on this coding journey, and by the end, you’ll be armed with the skills and knowledge to tackle real-world programming challenges.

In this section

  • Introduction to Programming
    At its core, programming is the act of instructing a machine on how to perform a specific task. It’s like teaching your dog to fetch, but in this case, the dog is your computer, and the ball might be, let’s say, displaying a photo on your screen. Now, you might think that programming is just writing lines of code. Programming is actually a broader process that not only includes writing code but also problem-solving, system design, and logical thinking.
    • The Computer
      In today's digital age, where electronic gadgets seamlessly integrate into our daily lives, understanding the bedrock upon which these marvels stand becomes not just an academic interest but a societal necessity. As we embark on this enlightening voyage into the heart of computers, we aim to demystify the intricate dance between the physical and the abstract, between the tangible hardware and the intangible software.
    • Numerical Systems
      Every day, we're surrounded by numbers. From the alarm clock's digits waking us up in the morning to the price of our favorite morning coffee. But, have you ever stopped to ponder the essence of these numbers? In this article, we will dive deep into the captivating world of numbering systems, unraveling how one number can have myriad representations depending on the context.
    • Boolean Logic
      In life, we often seek certainties. Will it rain tomorrow, true or false? Is a certain action right or wrong? This dichotomy, this division between two opposing states, lies at the very core of a fundamental branch of mathematics and computer science: Boolean logic.
    • Set Up your Development Environment
      Venturing into the world of programming might seem like a Herculean task, especially when faced with the initial decision: Where to begin? This article will guide you through the essential steps to set up your programming environment, ensuring a solid foundation for your coding journey.
  • Starting Concepts
    • Variables and Data Types
      Understanding how variables and data types work is essential to master any programming language. In this article we will review the basic concepts of variables, operators, data types and type conversions using the Python language. We will cover both theory and practical examples so you can apply these concepts in your own programs.
    • Input and output operations
      Input/output operations (I/O) allow a program to communicate and exchange data with the outside world. In this article we will see in detail input operations from the keyboard or a file, and output to the screen or a file.
    • Flow Control
      When we embark on the exciting journey of learning to program, we soon discover that programming is not just about writing code, but also about controlling the flow of that code. We can compare it to the flow of decisions we make in our daily lives. For example, if it’s cold outside, we put on a coat before going out. If we have no pending tasks, we go to the movies. Our actions depend on these evaluations and decisions. Control flow is, essentially, the way we decide which part of the code runs, when it runs, and how many times it does. To do this, we have a variety of structures that allow us to make decisions, repeat actions, and split our code into logical blocks.
    • Functions
      In the vast and exciting world of programming, there are concepts that are fundamental pillars for any developer, regardless of their experience level. One of these concepts is functions. What are they? Why are they so crucial? Let's find out!
    • Recursive Functions
      Recursion is a fundamental concept in programming that allows a function to call itself. At first it may seem counterintuitive, but mastering this approach opens the door to elegant solutions for certain problems.
  • Object-Oriented Programming
    Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) is a programming paradigm that has become indispensable nowadays. This approach models real-world elements as “objects” that have properties and behaviours, which allows for more intuitive and maintainable programmes to be created. In this article we will look at the basic concepts of OOP and its advantages over other paradigms like procedural programming. Let’s get started! This paradigm is based on two fundamental concepts: Objects: entities that combine state (data) and behaviour (operations) in a single unit.
    • Classes and objects
      In object-oriented programming, classes and objects are the key concepts to understand how we model elements of reality and define their structure and behaviour within software. Let's look in detail at the anatomy of a class, how to create objects from it to use their properties and methods, and other key details of their relationship.
    • Encapsulation
      One of the fundamental pillars of object-oriented programming is encapsulation. This powerful characteristic allows us to control access to class members, hiding implementation details and protecting the state of our objects. In this article we will delve into the concept of encapsulation, the usefulness of getters, setters, public/private properties and methods, and the important benefits this provides us as developers.