ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

standard test and programming language

Imagine you are playing with your toys and your mom wants to know how well you are doing in counting. She gives you a set of blocks and asks you to count them out loud. This is like a standard test, where your mom is checking your knowledge and skills in counting. Similarly, in schools, teachers use standard tests to check how well students have learned new things.

Now, let's say you want to teach a robot to count blocks by using a language that it can understand. This language is called a programming language. Just like how your mom teaches you to count by showing you how to do it, you can teach a robot to count by writing commands in a programming language. This language helps you to tell the robot what to do in a way it can understand.

There are different types of programming languages like Python, Java, C++, and more. Each language has certain rules and words that you can use to create commands. It's like you can only use certain words when you play a game with your friends, and each game has its own set of rules.

In summary, a standard test is like when your mom checks how well you're doing at something, and a programming language is like the special words you can use to tell a robot what to do.