Understand Code in 38,000 Words

For the uninitiated, the world of coding and computer science might seem akin to the Matrix, where combinations of letters and symbols somehow make inanimate objects spring to life. But with computers powering so many of our daily interactions, isn’t it time we at least try to understand this dark magic? Thanks to a lengthy essay by programmer Paul Ford titled “What is Code?” you can now learn the basics of computer science—all in just one afternoon. And if you can make it through the entire 38,000 words, Bloomberg will present you with a certificate of completion.