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I have been working with computers for a few years now and I would like to start programming. Im not sure where to start an was hoping you guys could help me. First what programs etc would I need to start programming? Second what are the very basics to programming? what do I need to know? What shouldnt I do? What should I do?

 

Im a begginer so give any info you think I need

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you need to pick a language. most people start with vb or java - then get a book on it (dummies and sams are good) (and make sure you get one with a cd) - then start there. when you know the basics, then you'll find loads of code and stuff on the net you can sort through

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and u also need a compiler of source and a LOT of time and pacience

 

and do not start with vb,

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why shouldnt i start with vb

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Personally i like java as a startign point :) pretty straight foward, and it's the AP Comp. Sci. Language now (used to be C) I have my textbook on CD that i can send you if you go the java way

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and do not start with vb,

 

I disagree! VB is a good language to start with, it is simple and basic. I honestly suggest for true beginner's to start with a mix of writing batch files and VB.

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If you are a slower learner or just like a deeper understanding of how stuff works, start with BASIC. Whatever language you start with, Google "<language> tutorial" to get started, unless you want to buy a book. If you do get a book, do _not_ get a Dummies book if you want to learn anything at all. I made the mistake of picking up a C++ For Dummies... the first program they have you do is a Celcius to Fahrenheit converter (WAY to complicated for beginners), they do not explain things in any detail at all... exampe: "When we say 'int main(void)', we are decalring a preprocessor directive." They then proceed to leave you wondering what a preprocessor directive is. And they throw a plethora of terrible humor in there instead of explaining things like preprocessor directive. Sorry for the rant, but I cannot stand the For Dummies books.

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Same question I had. My dad (retired programmer) suggested starting with UNIX. From there, you can learn pretty much any language (direct quote from him).

 

cchalogamer, mind sending it my way? :D

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Hey, I'm with you. I just started teaching myself programming too. I spent a day looking around and asking other people with experience what they recommended. I have a little experience with VB from school.

 

Most people I asked recommended working with something that's portable, such as C, one of it's derivatives, Java, Python, and some others, but those were the main ones. I picked Python to start with and once I get the hang of that I plan to move on to C. If you're asking around though, the three I mentioned are probably the ones you're most likely to hear.

 

They say Python is easy to pick up on, which it seems to be in my opinion, so if you've never done any programming, some would stay start with that. Others will tell you to just jump in and get dirty with C.

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