Coding vs Programming - the Same Thing or Not?

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Coding vs Programming - the Same Thing or Not?

Postby EdwardBailey » 12 Sep 2019, 08:46

With the recent rise in computer science classes across all grades, we’re starting to grow our personal vocabularies in ways that make the average person uncomfortable. To complicate matters, many of these “new” words seem to have such intimidating histories that we don’t take the time to properly understand their usage — instead, we repeat them blindly, whether we know what they really mean or not.

One such example of complex wordsmithing is the synonymous use of the terms “coding” and “programming”.


“Coding” and “Programming” are the two most important approaches in Software Development Industries. Coding is basically the process of creating codes from one language to another one. It can also be called as a subset of Programming since it actually implements the initial steps of Programming. It involves writing codes in different languages as instructed. Programming is the process of developing an executable machine level program that can be implemented without any error. It is the process of formally writing codes so that the human inputs and corresponding machine outputs remain in sync.

For people not related to the industry, the debate of coding vs programming vs development is non-existent. The terms seem interchangeable. But in this article, we will provide you with all the information to help you distinguish between the two terms. So, let’s explore the terms further to find out why and how professionals use them differently by answering two main questions – what is coding? and what is programming?
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