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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetProgramming & Design · 2 months ago

Is programming/software development at core just manipulating variables/data?

7 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Yes.  There's an art and a practice to it that provides many more detailed definitions, just like anything else.  But, programming at its core and in its simplest defition is just as you stated: data manipulation.

    The only thing I would correct is that variables are not required or even present in all programming languages.

  • 2 months ago

    Variables are used to store information to be referenced and manipulated in a computer program. They also provide a way of labeling data with a descriptive name, so our programs can be understood more clearly by the reader and ourselves. It is helpful to think of variables as containers that hold information.

  • Lv 7
    2 months ago

    information management is the core of ALL computing.

    variables are just a way of treating different people to different data. so what you see is dependent on who you are, if you are signed in, and what options you have selected...

  • 2 months ago


    The programs we create run by manipulating variables / data. But, creating those programs -- programming / software development -- is a human process. It is problem solving, mathematical / logical with some degree of artistry. 

  • EddieJ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    When people try to oversimplify things they have to ask themselves what will they be accomplishing.

    Posting a question implies that you want to understand something, but if people agree with your characterization, what will you be able to do with such an answer?

    But when someone is anonymous, it usually means that they are just being silly.

    Is a glass of water just a bunch of wetness?  So, the next time you are at a restaurant, ask the waiter for a bunch of wetness.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Sure.  And playing guitar is just manipulating strings.

  • 2 months ago

    Your computer is an electrical machine. It only knows on or off. We represent the state in human terms as 0 for off and 1 for on.

    Programing/coding/software development is used to write programs that modify those zeroes and ones.

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