Saturday, September 02, 2023

quote: Coding is to programming what typing is to writing. Leslie Lamport

“People confuse programming with coding. Coding is to programming what typing is to writing.” - Leslie Lamport

Programming and coding are two different things, even though they’re terms often used interchangeably.

Coding is the act of typing out code, usually in a popular language such as Python or Javascript.

Programming is the act of problem solving. It involves thinking, forming the steps you’re going to take to solve a problem in a way that a computer can understand.

Put another way, it’s the difference between writing well and typing. Typing is a skill that lets you formulate words using a typewriter or keyboard. You learn the layout, where each key needs to be pressed to form words.

Leslie Lamport revolutionized how computers talk to each other. The Turing Award-winning computer scientist pioneered the field of distributed systems, where multiple components on different networks coordinate to achieve a common objective. (Internet searches, cloud computing and artificial intelligence all involve orchestrating legions of powerful computing machines to work together.) In the early 1980s, Lamport also created LaTeX, a document preparation system that provides sophisticated ways to typeset complex formulas and format scientific documents.

Thinking outside the box of code with Leslie Lamport (Changelog Interviews #552) |> Changelog podcast

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