So you’re thinking about learning to code, but before you invest in a course or workshop, you need to understand what coding even means.
Most people hear the word code and think of a dark basement with blacked out windows and a person hunched over a keyboard, surrounded by a bunch of monitors. While this certainly is what coding looks like for some people, in most cases this is just a stereotype. TV shows and movies feature edgy hackers hunkered in seedy rooms illegally stealing information, or young tech cops typing furiously on the keyboard to find out a person’s background, their location and who they murdered all within five seconds. This is what most people picture when they hear the word coder but in reality - coding is so much more.
At HackerYou, teaching people to code is our priority, and making sure they have fun doing it is our goal. And we promise - there aren't any basements involved. In fact, HackerYou is in a bright, open space in the heart of Toronto. So now that we've exposed the stereotypes, let’s talk about what coding really is.
What is Coding?
When someone is writing code, they are writing it in a particular language, with the goal of creating a website or application that serves a certain purpose. There are simple websites that have been created with just HTML and CSS to serve basic purposes like showing off someone’s portfolio or sharing their personal blog. But, there are also complicated sites like Google or Amazon, that compile millions of different pieces of information, and use many more languages to create the functionality that such a powerful applications require.