Much has been said about Programming and there may not be more to add, buy I want to explain this in a simple way so that everyone can understand this well. Let us see if I succeed in doing so as Computer Programming is not at all an easy subject to be explained in simple words!
What is Computer Programming?
Along with all the above mentioned chores a programmer is also supposed to look into coding, maintenance, debugging, and testing of their programs. This is often described as an art, engineering or a craft but Computer Programming is surely based on rationale and logical synchronization for good.
History of Computer Programming
Some believe Charles Babbage to be the father of computing and yet some believe that Ada Lovelace was the first ever computer programmer. By 1896 Herman Hollerith started working on recording data and he came up with Tabulating Machine Company that would become the core of IBM! Then there came a time when two machines would read two different assembly languages that was used to translate instructions in text format. Then came the time in 1954 when ‘Formula Translation’ or FORTRAN was introduced and there after COBOL. So the transition from punch cards to Ruby was not that easy as it took quite some time to be developed.
Duties of a Computer Programmer
A computer programmer is responsible for running the entire global economy. Today our lives are so much dependent on computers that we rely right from buying appliances to maintaining them. We make online purchases and get in touch with manufacturers via the internet because of them. Here is list that defines their duties well:
- Writing programs – This is the basic duty of each and every computer programmer that is to write programs. Once done they are these programs are to be tested and also maintained in the long run which also happens to be their duty.
- Planning programs – This is the first thing that a computer programmer is expected to do, plan programs. This is done by getting the right codes in place for developing applications. They also assist with software modeling and planning for best results.
- Repair – Programmers can debug but if there is a need to repair the system they can also do that by making changes in codes and re-evaluating operation systems. This means they can also patch operational problems whenever needed.
- Upgrade – A computer programmer can also upgrade applications keeping it in sync with the latest technical development. In other words they can improve the existing systems for good!
This not only justifies why hiring a computer programmer is beneficial for all but also the need for computer programming as well.