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Old 03-12-09, 02:55 AM   #11
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Doing it in uni right now, only coding I might do in my free time is related to web development
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Old 07-09-09, 01:01 PM   #12
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Oh wow, I didn't notice there was a thread for this. I was about to post one up. Glad I didn't!

I plan on going to college to study for this, along with computer science. I got into programming when I was around 13 or so and got into the independent gaming scene and game development. I started out using a really crappy program like RPG Maker 2000. It was a point and click like thing. It was pretty crappy but I learned the basics like what a variable was and does and what if/else statements were.

I didn't really get hardcore into programming until about a year or so ago. Like learning what the different languages were and the basic syntax. I'm reading a book now called Beginning Programming and have been using a program called Game Maker to try to learn how to code some games.

Anyways, I wanted to ask what would be a good language to start to learn first? I already know a little of PHP from what my brother taught me(he does web development for a living). I was going to start with C++, but I heard that was a pretty hard language for people who are just starting out.
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Old 07-10-09, 10:06 PM   #13
 
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I like programming. I do some web development during my spare time. You might want to start with Java. It's a pretty straightforward language to use and known to be a good starting language.
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Oh okay, thank you! I will definitely look into it! I remember taking a class when I was in 12th grade on Java. You were using some program called Alice. It was nice for a learning tool(kind of). It didn't really help me much though.

Also, the teacher was pretty stupid and knew nothing of programming. Every time you would ask her a question, she would consult the Alice workbook....which isn't a good way to teach programming, especially if you know nothing of the subject. Actually, it isn't a good way to teach at all.

Any ways, thanks for the tip! I'll see if I can find a book for beginners on Java.
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There are lots of resources online if you want to learn programming, but there are so many different languages to choose from it's difficult to make a recommendation for a beginner.

If you want to write windows-based programs then starting with visual studio from microsoft probably isn't a bad idea... they have free "express" editions you can download and use.

For web programming you pretty much have to learn php, it's almost the de facto standard.

perl and python are also worth a look, but perl in particular can be tricky to get to grips with.

It all depends if you want to learn programming in order to be able to write something specific, or if you just want to learn some of the concepts. Just asking what the best language to start with is like asking what's the best car to buy - everyone has different requirements and different preferences, so everyone's going to give a different answer.
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I do websites from time to time, and pretty good basic graphic design like animated banners and such
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Old 11-29-09, 10:07 PM   #17
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I have tried to learn it, I have got as far as Variables in C++. Pretty basic I know, I'm hoping to do a college course on Computer Programming. I would love to make non-profit games some day.
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