Programming is a creative task: there is no right or wrong way to solve a problem, in the same way that there is no right or wrong way to paint a picture.

There are choices to be made, and one way may seem better than another, but that doesn’t mean the other is wrong!

With the right skills and experience, a programmer can craft software to solve an unlimited number of problems – from telling you when your next train will arrive to playing your favourite music. The possibilities are constrained only by your imagination.

There are two key phrases here which are important:

  • You: without the programmer (you), the computer is useless. It does what you tell it to do.
  • Solve problems: computers are tools. They are complex tools, admittedly, but they are not mysterious or magical: they exist to make tasks easier.