From the computers in our cars to the ATMs that spit out our money, our lives are run by software and hardware. Yet not everyone knows how code actually works and why it’s so important. Bloomberg Businessweek’s explanation will enlighten and engage you on the subject of programming.
The video above is a kind of TL;DR version of a massive 38,000-word “article” on Bloomber Businessweek. While the video is a nice three-minute basic introduction, the interactive “What Is Code” article by Paul Ford is a remarkable read.
It takes the confusing subject of coding and makes understandable, while offering fun exercises throughout to demonstrate each point. There’s a demo in the article, for example, that simulates circuitry, another demo that changes the attributes of the web page you’re reading (don’t click “Wreck it all”!), and a Clippy-like character that talks to you as you read (if you scroll too fast, it will ask you if you’re actually reading or just looking at the article). There’s even a “hot or not”-like widget that lets you rate code:
What Is Code? [Bloomberg Business]