Let’s say I have a really long string in my program, and I’m going to need to use it multiple times. Do I have to type the string out every time I need to use it? The answer is “no”. Variables are a fundamental programming concept designed to address this concern. With variables, we store values so that we can easily reuse them throughout a program.

Before we can use variables in our code, we need to declare and assign them.

Declaring a variable is the process of reserving a word, the variable name, which we’ll be able to refer to in our code. It’s good practice to name the variable in a way that describes the data it holds.

Assignment is the process of associating that variable name with a specific value so that everytime we use the variable’s name the computer will grab that value.

gif of assigning a variable

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