This Topic is waaaaaay ‘Beyond my Paygrade‘ as a mere blogger, but when the ‘geek girl‘ gets on her ‘soapbox‘ I find it impossible to ignore her posts. Besides, I have 6 desktop ‘n 2 laptop PCs, run this blog about OSes ‘n computers ‘n such, and didn’t even know who Ada Lovelace was!? Time I learn a little about how all the OSes ‘n other software I use made it to my batch of PCs!

The Post ‘n the Rabbit Hole

  • ‘n down into the rabbit hole I go…

Coding: What if you don’t know English? At first it had the look of one of those American Progressive “WOKE” posts so I skipped thru it ‘n went blank.

Couple of weeks later I checked it out again ‘n sorta liked it…sorta as in I actually left a loooooooong comment trying to explain…trying to explain…trying to explain. Never mind, here’s the comment:

I live in America, where the Democratic party owns all women ‘n American blacks, and they will go after any of their chattel that escapes or disobeys. This same Democratic party wants to also own all of America’s children, so that these prepubescence children can be taught how to change their biological sex, how to have sex, that white children are born racists, etc. The Democratic party invented “WOKE.” In America, we get 24/7 “WOKE” sessions that never end. 🤢

Thusly…I have avoided your ‘Coding: What if you don’t know English?‘ excellent topic until now because I go blank when anything might suggest that something “WOKE” is headed my way. 😉 “WOKE” advocates tell me that English is bad for all, and that white men like me should be forced to wear armbands that state “I am a Racist.”

I knew absolutely nothing about “Coding” until you taught me it was in English. Also just found out that “Ada Lovelace has been called the world’s first computer programmer,” and immediately ran another search to see if programming ‘n “Coding” are the same. Apparently they are “altogether different from each other.” However, the Google searches for both terms come back wid Ada Lovelace, who died in 1852, and was English. I hope America’s “WOKE” advocates don’t find out where she is buried (!?!?!?!) ‘n attempt to destroy her grave…or worse!?!

Anyway, the topic is obviously too advanced for humble me…and, BTW, *LOVE* that Red Bow!

Yes, it never occurred to me that Coding was in English_and_it never occurred to me that Coding would not be in American English. I sorta thought most Coding was probably a bunch of 0’s & 1’s … mainly.

  • BTW, did I make it clear that I try to avoid anything that resembles WOKE?

The above quoted comment was a tad off on how I did the searches for Coding ‘n Programming, i.e. my searches were actually – 1) who invented coding. 2) who invented programming.

As a total newbie Novice to what “Coding” was I first sought to show ‘geek girl‘ why Coding should be in English, since some English speaking man would’ve obviously written Coding first. OOPS! 😳

Who is Ada Lovelace?

Watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (Ada Lovelace) 1840

Ada Lovelace Britannica:

Ada Lovelace, in full Ada King, countess of Lovelace, original name Augusta Ada Byron, Lady Byron, (born December 10, 1815, Piccadilly Terrace, Middlesex [now in London], England—died November 27, 1852, Marylebone, London), English mathematician, an associate of Charles Babbage, for whose prototype of a digital computer she created a program. She has been called the first computer programmer.

Babbage only built a small part of the Analytical Engine, but Lovelace’s efforts have been remembered. The early programming language Ada was named for her, and the second Tuesday in October has become Ada Lovelace Day, on which the contributions of women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are honoured.

Ada Lovelace Wikipedia:

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and to have published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer.

That’s just two briefs on Ada Lovelace. Here are the Google search results for – Ada Lovelace. Clearly a Woman of Visionlong before Captain Woodrow F. Call became a “Man of Vision.” 😉

Difference Between Coding and Programming

  • Still confusing for me… 😕

I’ve found lots of search results on the differences between Coding ‘n Programming, most left me confused, but most all the points were that they are different.

Not sure if the following result is correct, but it made it easier for me to understand – Programmer:

  • Yeah, “redirects here” works great for me!

A computer programmer, sometimes called a software developer, a programmer or more recently a coder (especially in more informal contexts), is a person who creates computer software. The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computers or to a generalist who writes computer programs.

There is no industry-wide standard terminology, so “programmer” and “software engineer” might refer to the same role at different companies. Most typically, someone with a job title of “programmer” or “software developer” might focus on implementing a detailed specification into computer code, fixing bugs, and performing code reviews. They might have a degree in computer science, an associate degree, or might be self-taught or attended a programming boot camp. Someone with a job title of “software engineer” is expected to understand software engineering principles, more advanced mathematics, and the scientific method, and may be required to have a degree in software engineering, computer engineering, or computer science. Some countries legally require an actual engineering degree to be called an engineer. In companies that make a distinction, software engineers might have broader and higher-level responsibilities, like designing or “architecting” new programs, features, and platforms; managing the software development lifecycle including design, implementation, testing, and deployment; leading a team of programmers; communicating with business customers, programmers, and other engineers; considering system stability and quality; and exploring software development methodologies.

OK…Great! Coding & Programming now mean basically the same to me – \o/ ’Hippity hip Hoorah’ \o/

Is HTML a programming language?

If I recall correctly, I first started blogging wid ‘Blogger‘ sometimes around year 2000, before Google acquired it in 2003. I didn’t like the way Google was headed so moved The Swamp Hermit’s Report to WordPress.

I used HTML for all my posts back then, and still use it occasionally. Am I a “Coder” and/or “Programmer” without even knowing it?! \o/ ’Hippity hip Hoorah’ \o/

  • Not so fast…’Coder‘ Karmi 😉

Technically, HTML is a programming language. In fact, HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. Whether or not HTML is a real language is a matter of semantics, and not terribly important.

What is important, though, is to understand that HTML – and CSS, for that matter – are quite different than most other languages, and that it’s difficult to get a big picture of what coding is like from those two languages alone.

How are HTML and CSS different than other languages?

HTML and CSS are declarative languages. That is, they are basic statements declaring what should exist on a web page.

The vast majority of coding languages involve writing computational code. Computational code isn’t always mathematical in nature, but it’s code that creates functionality. While HTML and CSS are declarations about what should appear on a web page, computational code is what makes stuff happen. Adding an item to your shopping cart, shooting a bad guy in a game, deleting an item from your spreadsheet – these are all examples of functionality, and are accomplished through computational code.

The reason why this distinction is important is because many people begin their coding journey with HTML and CSS. And while that’s a fine place to start, it’s important not to jump into a new career based on your experience with those languages alone.

Don’t worry, I am retired, and retirement is too grand to be jumping away from! 😉 Well, at least I had started my “coding journey” years ago, huh!


HT to geek girl, linux land for this post, and here’s another link referenced in that Coding: What if you don’t know English? post: Coding Is for Everyone—as Long as You Speak English

My HTML ‘coding journey‘ started in English, fortunately, but I can imagine how impossible it would’ve been for me if it had been in French or some other language.

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