058 Learn a coding language

Technology has made its impact on several different industries, dominating the field. If an individual is computer illiterate, there is a high likelihood that they will not prosper in the area that focuses principally on technology. Currently, learning to code is being promoted exponentially. Mark Zuckerberg claimed, “All of my friends who have younger siblings who are going to college or high school – my number one piece of advice is: You should learn how to program.” Bill Gates aligned with Mark Zuckerberg’s statement, stating, “I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool that we have ever created. They are tools of communication, they are tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” The benefits of learning to code are endless. Once you know to code, you will think differently – processing large amounts of information that is a necessity for conquering anything. Learning to code is about creating a productive and creative mindset towards problem-solving. It will also bring ideas to your life by how to improve your life – personally, in the workplace, and socially. However, when those ideas are formed, individuals usually lack the ideas that accurately assess the ability to transform the ideas into a project that can be carried out. However, once an individual learns how to code, it provides them with the ability to personally develop the projects that match their ideologies, without losing the ideas to a different code developer. The understanding of how to create a program or build an app goes miles when it comes to achieving dreams. With learning to code comes being able to test your competency and your abilities. You can do this through a variety of different tests and quizzes that are listed below.

First test: Read the language specification and write code that uses every part. It will help ensure you understand what each part of the language can contribute to a program. Test your coding skills by compiling this using strict-conformance flags or options, and running your program, and verifying it behaves correctly.

Second test: Find an open-source project in the language you are learning, and contribute a bug fix and get it accepted. It will help ensure your understanding matches common usage of the language and code style conventions, including comments, which are necessary for using your learned language for systems maintained by multiple people. You will practice your skills in understanding other people’s code in that language, as your code must fit into the ecosystem.

Third test: To master your programming skills in a language, you must fully understand the implications and meanings of implementation-specific parts of the code language. It is necessary for optimal security, code-reuse, and portability. What is a character? Unicode? How does it handle the four normalization types? Composing characters? Private use characters? Characters outside the base multilingual plane? What is used in encoding? How are illegal Unicode byte sequences handled? Or look at numbers. IEEE floating point? How does your language handle -0 compared to +0? How about Inf? Or NaN? To achieve full expert status, execute a crash dump on your program, and debug — do you understand how your high-level code corresponds to what the machine is doing? If not, then how do you imagine you will debug some “edge case” that can happen in the real world? Test your coding skills by linking your code against code written in other languages, both calling the other language from your code and having your code called from different languages, and ensuring that the result works as you expect. Do unit tests to handle the full range of inputs (not every possible input, but handle representative samples including maximums, minimums, special values, as well as “expected” values).Final test: Review style guides and documents on programming practices, especially if explicitly written for the language you are learning. Test your understanding by violating every single piece of syntax, one at a time. For each sample program written, create and demonstrate an exploit showing exactly why the information exists. (This practice will help you write good unit tests.) If your code suffers from issues such as those listed on OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project to improve the security of software) top 10 vulnerabilities, then you haven’t mastered programming in your chosen language.

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