What is programming?
A computer game is a computer program.
To be able to create computer games we must first learn how to make programs.
The most common way of making programs is to write a text that describes the program.
As normal human languages as English are way too imprecise to lend themselves to describe programs, one must instead use a programming language for this purpose.
The text that describes a program is called source code.
Let's try it out
Programming can seem intimidating at first.
Sure, there is a lot to learn. But don't worry. We have prepared everything. Let's start with something simple. Follow these three steps:
Type the following into the the box where it says Enter source code here:
Click Check source code.
The formerly grey box should now be green.
If anything did fail, error messages will appear, guiding you how to fix the problem.
The character ; is called semicolon and is a very important character in programming. In many programming languages semicolons are used for marking end of statements. Much like a full stop is used in English to mark end of a sentence.