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New to programming

Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:58 PM

Hi ALL,

I am brand new to programming and am still at University. I would like to know if anyone could give some advice on ways to sharpen my skills beyond what I am learning in class. I have heard of open source code, but I don't know if that's the right place to start as a beginner. Thanks in advance fro any advice that you all have.
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Re: New to programming

Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:09 PM

Start by reading back a few pages. Ever new rookie asks this without reading the 100 posts just like it before them.


My standard beginner resources post - Updated June 2013


Plan your study route:
There are three routes people seem to take when learning programming.
  • Just start trying to create programs
  • Start taking apart other programs and try to figure out the language by reverse engineering
  • Follow a guided learning course (school or self-teaching books)


For the life of me I can't figure out why people try 1 & 2. I strongly suggest taking the guided learning approach. Those book authors go in a certain order for a reason: They know what they're doing and they know the best order to learn the materials.

  • First learn the language by working 2-5 "Learn C# in 30 days" type books cover to cover.
  • Do a dozen on-line tutorial projects where you build what you're told to build, the way you are told to build it WITH AN EXPLANATION OF WHY so you can learn.
  • Learn to plan before you type.
  • THEN you start designing software with a purpose.



I don't learn from reading books: I learn by doing.
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Newbie/Rookie said:

I have little/no programming experience but I need to write a program by Friday that does XYZ.
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Resources, references and suggestions for new programmers.
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