The Source of the Code

The image above is an example of a source code.

In computer programming, the term source code describes the actual lines of text and characters programmers type in order to create programs designed to do a specific task. These set of words and texts are governed by a pre-defined set of rules called syntax. These rules are necessary for the computer to ultimately understand what the programmer wants to do. As such, programmers should learn the syntax of a particular programming language he wants to create programs into.

Up to this day, even though I program a lot, I tend to refuse calling myself or to be called a computer programmer. I have this notion that the term ‘computer programmer’ should be reserved for those hardcore people developing ultra smart programs and revolutionizing computer solutions. I didn’t finish any computer science-related courses and though I had a couple of programming courses in college, I honestly did not learn programming during that time.

I did eventually learned it, but only when I really needed to as my work became computer related. And today, I should say that I do understand quite a thing or two about programming (at least I can make things work as I intended).

Programming often offers a good challenge for anyone and as such brings good satisfaction to the programmer once a program is done. For me, learning to program brings a feeling of being blessed – that feeling of being able to figure how to go about solving problems and creating computer solutions for it. I feel grateful that I’m given the chance and capacity to see and understand a problem so I can do something about it – to be able to decipher and troubleshoot non-working source codes and turning it around.

In short, I so appreciate learning programming because it leads me back to the One who gave me all these gifts and everything else. He is the God who caused the whole earth to be and the One who authored all laws including all programming theories well before men even tried to name and claim them. He is the all-knowing God who knows everything exactly. The One who sponsored all my talents and gifts – the true and only real SOURCE of the code.

And as I strive to use what He has given me, I pray that He rightfully gets the glory, honor, and praise.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8

>> God is good all the time. 🙂

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