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The little 101 of programming

We Love Code !: The little 101 of programming is a great book for anyone who wants to learn programming and get to know the basics of computer science.

Book tip: The little 101 of programming

Who wrote the book?

Natalie Sontopski and Julia Hoffmann are humanities scholars by training and have taught themselves programming. And because they liked it so much, they founded Code Girls in Leipzig. They regularly organize programming workshops and events for the Code Girls. This is how they came to the book ... how exactly, you will find out in the interview.

Interview with Natalie & Julia

Thank you for taking your time and answering our questions. First of all: Congratulations on the successful book. We had a lot of fun reading your book.

How did you come up with the idea, the book We Love Code !: The little 101 of programming to write?

In all honesty, we never thought about writing a book. It sounds worn out, but it was really a lucky coincidence: In 2015, our editor noticed us when she saw us in a spot for the Google campaign # Deutschland25 and offered us to write a book. Of course, we didn't take long to ask.
Since the publisher gave us a lot of creative freedom, we suddenly found ourselves able to write the book that we would have liked to have on hand when we started programming. An easily understandable overview without a lot of technical terms, but peppered with cool illustrations and interesting fun facts.

For which target group and from what age is your book suitable?

Our book is aimed at anyone who is interested in programming but doesn't know where and how to start. No matter if boy or girl, grandma or dad. We recommend the book from around 14 years of age - there are no upper limits.

What tip do you have for parents, uncles and aunts who want to introduce children to programming?

First of all, of course: Buy our book and browse through it 😉 And then you can try something out yourself. This makes it easier to assess what is suitable for children and what is not. You don't have to become a star programmer, an online course e.g. at codeacademy is sufficient. It is also important to find programming projects that are fun for children: courses with the mini-computer Rasberry Pi are great, where children learn to use computers and code in a playful way. You can then “do handicrafts” yourself. Or “Scratch”, a visual programming language that was developed by MIT for children and young people and can be used to program fun games.
Especially with girls, it is also helpful to show female role models such as Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper or a developer among friends.

Is there anything else that you would like to pass on to our readers?

Learning a programming language is similar to learning a foreign language: Unfortunately, you won't learn it in one day; instead, regular vocabulary learning and, above all, a lot of practical experience are important. That is why we advise you: Find a small practical project. For example, you can build a simple website or develop a small app. In this way, “learning vocabulary” is more fun and you can put what you have learned into practice straight away. And don't be discouraged if it doesn't work right away - try again the next day!

Thank you for the interview and good luck for the future!

You can order the book here: We Love Code !: The Little 101 of Programming

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/ by diana