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Depicting Programming Vocab In Visuals

Mehreen Siddiqua Dec 04, 2017

Are you a newbie programmer?

If you wish to learn about coding basics, the first step is to spare some time in trying to expand your coding vocab.

Usually what developers come across the web in the name of search is pure gibberish. While books remain indecipherable, tutors and some teachers are just as ineffective to communicate the real meaning and the application of these coding terms. So how can you get it simplified? A clear understanding of some terms will enable you to understand the basics of coding. For starters, learning the language of developers might sound a little intimidating.

Hold on, what about a non-programmer?

The basic lingo used by programmers all the time is not understood by non-programmers. Well usually that’s ok unless they need to work with programmers. In that case, misunderstanding programming lingo is a bigger problem. But you know what, giving them a glossary would not always help. We can read or refer to the coding glossary and still remain clueless about some of the terms or use them in a wrong context. To ease that problem for all clients and employers with a non-programming background, we present a visual glossary for programming vocab.

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It gives a clear picture about some of the most commonly used terms that will show up in coding manuals, or in conversation.

Why use programming glossary?

Why do we need to know about the terms that programmers encounter almost on a daily basis? Here are some of the possible users and reasons to refer to a programming vocab glossary.

They serve as a glossary or reference for everyone else who has little or no knowledge of these terms.

They present a complicated terminology in a simplified and understandable language

It helps for those who feel intimidated by techno babble and really wish to decipher coding or programming vocab

For learners and beginners in programming

Despite the presence of glossary to explain the basic meaning, we can take help from the visual language that explains it all.

Keeping that in view we intend to make programming terms more palatable, and digestible. So, we’ve put together some of the basic terms and presented them visually so that their meaning gets clear.


To cause a running program to stop due to an error.



To investigate and fix bugs



A piece of code that runs itself repeatedly



Contained within something like itself.



The grammatical rules of a programming language.



A type of value that represents whole numbers.



A type of value that represents numbers with fractional parts.



A piece of code that is not run until it is called.



A full piece of software that is ready to be run.



A step-by-step procedure to achieve a specific goal.



A variable that never changes it’s value.



To immediately stop a called function from running.



To retrieve input data values from an external source – usually from a file.


Mehreen Siddiqua

She is a millennial with a sense of humor that she embodies in visuals. A Digital Marketer focusing on Social Media Marketing by profession, exploring diverse avenues and ventures in tech while honing entrepreneurial skills. Currently she is the communications coordinator and strategist for Arpatech looking into e-commerce, consumer behavior and digital business models.