People often confuse coding and programming and use these two terms interchangeably. It’s not the same thing, and in fact they’re very different.
What is coding?
Coding means writing codes, a coder is someone who codes one language for another. Coding is also programming, but it is used to implement the initial stages of computer programming. The term programming is used in a much broader sense, unlike coding which essentially consists of writing codes in different languages, as indicated. Computers do not interact in our language; it only understands machine code, which is binary language. An encoder therefore translates the requirements into a language that can be understood by a machine. Rather, they are language-oriented programmers who translate logic into machine-readable code.
Coding involves writing many lines of code to create software. Programming involves not only coding, but also other tasks, such as analysis and implementation of algorithms, understanding of data structures, problem solving, etc. Programmers are generally technically minded and have strong analytical skills.
Clearly, all programmers are coders, but not all coders are programmers. Some experienced programmers use the word “coder” as jargon for a beginner (junior) software developer.
What is programming?
Programming means programming a machine to run using a set of instructions. Programming is the formal act of writing code, but at a much higher level. Programming is the biggest picture that involves everything from compilation and debugging to testing and implementation. The job of a programmer is to conceptualize and analyze solutions to problems before they arise. Programmers are qualified professionals who work with consistent logic to solve complex problems.
A programmer creates things, develops logic and analyzes a problem. Writing code is just the beginning of what constitutes a programmer’s tasks. While a coder codes at an intermediate level, a programmer is actively working on abstract solutions to a potential problem that may or may not relate to the process.
After comparing programming and coding on a series of factors, it can be concluded even if coding and programming are often called synonymous, but in reality there are many differences between coding and programming. All programs can be developed by coding and programming.
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