If You Can Cook, You Can Code Vol 1: How Programming Works

Learn how to program using the metaphors of how cooking and restaurants work.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 4 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of how programming languages work. Using the metaphor of cooking and restaurants, you'll get concrete, plain english answers to questions like “What programming language should I learn?” and “What is programming?”

Programming courses and classes have some of the highest dropout rates of any professional domain...that's because the ideas are often presented in a very abstract way...Don't worry, this course is different. As long as you understand how a recipe works, you can understand how coding works.

At the most basic level, programming is two things: Ingredients and Preparation. That's our cooking metaphor...the words a programmer would use for these two terms are Data and Algorithms.

When you cook something, you are taking those raw ingredients and transforming them, cooking them, in some way to get a final result, the plated meal.

Your input is ingredients, your output is a plated meal.

A cookbook contains recipes, each with 2 parts. The ingredients are up top, and the preparation is below. Sometimes there is even a picture of what the final result will look like. Those 3 things, the input, transformation, and output, are the fundamental parts of both cooking and programming.

I spent a lot of time getting very frustrated when I was first starting out learning programming, and I almost quit a few times.

This course is about getting you past the initial stage of total confusion, which for many people lasts for the first few weeks or months of programming, to the next stage where you can learn at your own pace and feel confident knowing you have a solid foundational understanding so you can start to think like a programmer.


What are the requirements?

  • Understand the basics of cooking and restaurants

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basics of any programming language
  • Develop an outline and implementation plan for creating an app
  • Break a problem down to data and functions

Who is the target audience?

  • Entrepreneurs who want to code or lead a technical team
  • Professionals who want to add a programming skillset to their resume
  • Students who want to build their first website or mobile app

What you get with this course?

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Executive Summary
Section 2: What is Programming?
You Already Program
You Are a Computer
The Nerd/Jock Paradigm
Your Computer is Your First Employee
Why Programming Books Fail
Your Business is a Program
Section 3: Data: The Ingredients That Make The Meal
What Kinds of Data Are There?
Where Do You Store Data?
How Do You Turn Info into Data?
How Do You Get Out the Data You Want?
How Do Computers Think About Data?
Section 4: Functions: The Transformation of Ingredients
The Front and Back of the Restaurant
The Waiter and Waitress as Front End
The Chef and Cooks as Back End
Functions and Restaurant Basics
Learning Programming Through Imitation
Section 5: Use Cookbooks to Code Real Programs Fast
Owner vs. Investor
Learn to Read First
Where to Find Code Recipes
How to Get Free Help
How to Get Cheap Help
Section 6: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Timothy Kenny, Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

Timothy Kenny is the author of “Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs.” He teaches classes and speaks to groups about how to accelerate their learning so that they can build successful businesses faster and with more confidence in their success.

Timothy has taught at the Harvard Innovation lab, The Tufts University Entrepreneurs Society, General Assembly in Boston, and has been a featured teacher on Skillshare, among others. He has consulted with startup teams on how to accelerate their learning, creativity, and growth.

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