The easiest programming languages to learn

Coding can be challenging, particularly for beginners. New programmers often benefit from starting with an easier programming language.

Programming languages tell computers how to do specific tasks. Complex programming languages with dense syntax and complicated functions can challenge even experienced coders. Programming pros who want to learn a new language may prefer an easier option.

Our list introduces the easiest programming languages to learn, including each programming language’s uses and roles that use them. 

CSS

Roles that use it: Front-end developers, CSS developers, full-stack developers, mobile app developers, bloggers, website editors

Why it’s easy to learn: 

  • CSS styles websites, so it’s simpler than many programming languages.

  • Learners can pick up the fundamentals in a matter of weeks.

  • By mastering style types and properties, learners can use CSS to build websites.

CSS, or cascading style sheets, determines the look of a website. While HTML provides website content, CSS determines how it displays, including colors, fonts, and layouts. Every website uses CSS. 

As a rule-based language, CSS makes it easy to learn foundational skills like changing colors or font size. Many learners teach themselves CSS through online tutorials, books, or other self-teaching resources. Web development bootcamps and online college classes also teach CSS.

Go

Roles that use it: Systems engineers, Go developers, Google cloud developers, software engineers, data scientists

Why it’s easy to learn:

  • Go has less syntax than many other programming languages.

  • Users can typically master the syntax and avoid looking up rules while coding.

  • Programmers who know other languages, especially C languages, can pick up Go quickly. 

A programming language developed by Google, Go can be used for infrastructure, cloud applications, and other server-side uses. A simpler language than C++, Go provides simple, readable code for all kinds of uses, including in data science, robotics, and artificial intelligence. 

Go, sometimes called Golang, prioritizes speed. The language makes automation and system programming simpler. It’s also an open-source language. Learners can pick up Go through self-taught tutorials or through a bootcamp. 

HTML

Roles that use it: Front-end developers, full-stack developers, web developers, email developers, bloggers, website editors, mobile app developers 

Why it’s

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Raspberry Pi add-on teaches Node-RED I/O programming






On Kickstarter: Sequent has launched a $50 “Raspberry Pi I/O Learning Kit” with an STM MCU, 4x opto-isolated inputs, 2x relays, RS485, PWM output, power I/Os, and a Node-RED learning tutorial.

Sequent Microsystems, which specializes in Raspberry Pi add-on boards for I/O controls, such as its 16-Inputs for Raspberry Pi HAT, has now spun another Pi add-on aimed at teaching embedded I/O concepts using Node-RED, complete with downloadable tutorials. The company has already won Kickstarter funding for the $50 Raspberry Pi I/O Learning Kit, which ships in January.



Raspberry Pi I/O Learning Kit with (left) and without the Raspberry Pi
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The Raspberry Pi I/O Learning Kit is equipped with a 32-bit STM microcontroller, an RS485 serial port transceiver, and a PWM output capable of driving a 5VDC/100mA motor. Other features include 4x optically isolated contact closure inputs and 2x relays that can drive 8A and 24V loads with LED status. You also get a 0-10V input and output and a 4-20mA current loop input and output, a pushbutton, and 4x programmable LEDs.

The I/O board is powered by a BYO Raspberry Pi via GPIO. It requires 5V/50mA to operate with the relays off or 200mA with both relays on. The kit includes 2x 2-pin plugs for the RS485 and PWM-driven micromotor, 8x 3-pin plugs for the I/Os, a self-test loopback cable, and brass standoffs, screws, and nuts.



Raspberry Pi I/O Learning Kit block diagram (left) and detail view
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The KS page mentions an optional add-on kit that is not included among the standard packages. You can add the $25 kit at the end of your pledge. The kit supplies an on/off switch, thermistor, photoresistor, potentiometer, RS485 temperature and humidity sensor, and a micromotor.

Sequent has already posted a link to the first three chapters of the 12-chapter Node-RED tutorial. The tutorials show how to use the Node-RED visual I/O programming environment to control each of the interfaces of the Learning Kit. Examples range from building simple flows using the pushbuttons and LEDs to controlling devices

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UMD alumna is first female to run youth mentorship, after-school programming foundation

By Angel Gingras
For The Diamondback

Two University of Maryland alumna are working to improve the lives of students in the Washington, D.C., area through mentorship and after-school programming at the Youth Leadership Foundation.

Janaiha Bennett is an alumna of this university and the executive director of the Youth Leadership Foundation in Washington, D.C., which provides mentoring to students from third to 12th grade who live in underrepresented communities. She is the first female to hold this position in the organization’s 24-year history.

“The relationships that are created between the students and the staff are really deep-seated … you just bond, and so it is sort of a family and a community” Bennett said. “So essentially what we do is give students the tools they need to fulfill their potential as a human being.”

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YLF is a year-round program open to students in any of the organization’s seven partner schools in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Students can take part in after-school or weekend programs during the school year or in the five-week summer camp as often as they want. This fall, the staff is running an in-person program with the option for students to attend virtually.

Bennett was first introduced to YLF when she was an undergraduate student at George Washington University. She joined other college students and began mentoring young women, working her way up through various program roles, until she became executive director in 2018.

Bennett was also at YLF when she graduated with her master’s degree in school psychology from this university in 2013, which she said contributes to the work she does at YLF.

“I learned a lot about working with individual students and how to work with teachers so that they can help students,” Bennett said. “It was a really great experience.”

Kayla Montgomery, also an alumna, began her mentorship with the organization when she was a sophomore at this university. She graduated with a degree in criminology and criminal justice in 2020.

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How Can Microgrids Improve Your Energy Service?

Many Americans are finding ways to diversify their energy services. Finding ways to power your home or business lowers your costs. Having multiple modes of energy services provides options when facing power outages. Many people are now using solar panels, generators, and microgrids. Solar panels and generators are used by individual homes and businesses. A microgrid is used in a local community as a separate power source when the power grid has outages, or out for other reasons.

What Are The Benefits Of A Microgrid?

A microgrid can be powered by fossil fuel, solar energy, or batteries. These isolated power sources do connect to the main power grid, but can operate separately, so the local community can maintain power during storms, blackouts, or other outages. Here are some other benefits of having a microgrid.

Useful in prolonged power outages

Puerto Rico experienced the longest power outage in U.S. history from Hurricane Maria in 2017. This resulted in hospitals and other emergency services not having power. If there was a microgrid to connect hospitals during that time, it would maintain health services and other needs during challenging times.

Build resiliency across communities

The United States is using microgrids in different areas. The military is using microgrids on military bases for strategic planning. Fire departments in California are using microgrids after the 2018 wildfire season.

Finding The Right Microgrid Company For Your Energy Service

Having a microgrid is a great way to improve your energy and power solutions. It’s best to find a company that can meet your power grid for residential, commercial, or municipal needs. Find an energy software provider to design the best microgrid for resiliency during power outages. Explore multiple ways to ensure power and build resiliency now.… Read More...

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How to Install Smart Power Strips in Your Home in 7 Steps

Opinions on UK.collected.reviews show that installing smart power strips in your home is one of the best ways to save money on utility bills. There are likewise a variety of best energy networks which can be instrumental in learning about power strips.

You can also receive advice on how to get the best brand for your power strips from different links online. For most people, installing their smart power strip is the most daunting activity of their lives. However, with the steps below, it can be easily done.

1.  Get the Things You Need:

You need to find your vampire loads. These are devices that have a remote control like home entertainment gadgets. These are often stereos, TVs, and other things that could be on standby mode before controlled via a remote. You can also find any devices like computers, printers, laptops, etc. which are used in your home office. You can walk into your kitchen and gather devices like a microwave, coffee makers; andget hairdryers, curling irons, electric toothbrushes and others. Gathering these things together and setting up your home to incorporate their fixtures is the first step.

2.  Consolidate Your Electrical Devices:

This is the step where you manage the loads. You can set the clusters of your devices up into a single power strip or two. That is, rather than have different cables for your computer, printer, and stereo, you can have it in just one cable.

3.  Get the Smart Power Sensors:

You can easily get high tech tools with powered sensors. This sensor lest you know when your device is off or powered on. This can help you control the energy use of devices like TV, DVD, game console, stereos, and others. Although power activity sensor strips are expensive, you need them to better enhance a smart home.

4.  Choose the Right Power Strip:

You may choose a Wi-Fi controlled power strip. It works normally, and you can use your phone to control it. Just like Google Home or Amazon Alexa, it listens to voice commands and executes commands. You can also use a … Read More...

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