Principles of Code Sequence (Age 12-18)

Principles of Code 7
Ages 12-18

Servers and Cloud Computing

Prerequisites: Principles of Code 6 or Principles of Code 6J

Trying to make sense of how computers communicate, or even the recent phenomenon known as the Internet of Things (IoT) begins with the an understanding of the humble server - how these are built with code and responsibly secured for users.

In this course, Code Campers will first learn to use Python and the Flask web programming framework to program a variety of physical sensors connected to a server hosted on a Raspberry Pi - a powerful credit card sized computer that retails for less than SGD50.00. Next, they will learn the rudiments of network programming and computer security and how to set up their own cloud computing resources in Amazon Web Services. The class will then conclude with Code Campers building their very own web-accessible home surveillance system.

4:30pm - 6:30pm
Weekend Weekly
2hrs x 8 Sundays:
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
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Frequently Asked Questions

“Coding” is synonymous with “programming”. It refers to the art of writing computer code, which are instructions that a computer can follow to solve problems. Practically every facet of technology that we encounter in our daily lives - from online banking systems to video games on our iPhone, from the GPS systems we rely on navigation to the security systems that protect our homes and offices, is created from code.

Communicating with a computer requires the use of a language, just like how communicating with another human being involves the use of a language like English or Korean. The difference is that writing code for a computer in a particular language is a little like speaking to somebody who is absolutely particular about grammar and punctuation - any deviation from a language’s rules results in a computer not being able to accept the programmed instructions. Different computer languages are well-suited to doing different tasks. For example, JavaScript is the undisputed lingua franca of the web, LISP is used extensively by NASA and in Artificial intelligence research while C and FORTRAN finds its adherents in high finance especially in the field of high frequency trading.

Python is one of the world's most popular languages (consistently ranked within the Top 10 in recent years by Tiobe ) that is known for its learner-friendly syntax, versatility and ubiquity in the workplace. It is also a language that most of our instructors have had the pleasure of using in the workplace. In addition, students and parents might be interested to know that Computing will be available as an examinable subject for the Singapore "O" levels beginning in 2017 and Python will be the language taught in the curriculum.