Beginner's Guide to Programming -

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What exactly is programming?

“Programming” is the process of writing instructions that the programming language uses to tell the computer what to do. Of course the explanation can get much more detailed and complicated than that, but that is a good basic idea for the beginner. Programming can be done on any platform (“platform” generally refers to the combination of hardware and software you are using – for example, AMD processor and Windows XP) you are likely to be using to read this page. We will assume that most beginners are likely to be using Windows, but you can write similar programs for other platforms such as those using Unix, Linux, or MAC operating systems.