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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:08 PM

Hello, my name is Luke. I am 16 years old and recently started programming for the first time, in other words I am a beginner. I have only looked at 'C#' and would like some 'ideas' on possible mini projects which would get me started learning the language, as I find the best way to learn is by doing.

So far I have done a bit of work on a stopwatch, in a windows forms application. But that I am afraid is it...

On another note: Thank you to anyone who responds it is much appreciated.

If I have not been clear with what I am asking then please let me know, thanks :)

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#2 Ryano121   User is offline

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

Go through the projects here - Martyr2's Mega Project Ideas List

There is plenty there from beginner to advanced. Try and code each one.

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Re: Project Ideas

Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:48 PM

Don't worry yet about projects. Just learn the language.

My standard beginner resources post - Updated DEC 2012

You can try to learn C# by dismantling snippets and googling terms - basically you can take a hit-n-miss, shotgun approach. Or you could just follow a proper training program whether it be a couple intro books, school, on-line course or series of tutorials like the ones we offer. I'll tell you from experience that just fumbling around in the dark and trying to teach yourself with no guidance doesn't work. Its like stumbling across a Harrier Jump Jet and trying to teach yourself how to fly with no background in piloting: You simply lack any groundwork to start from. How can you lay out your own training course if you don't already know the material? Would you go to a university where the teacher says "I don't know any of this but we'll fumble through it together?"

We have a tutorials section and a learning C# series of articles.

First learn the language by working 2-5 "Learn C# in 30 days" type books cover to cover. Do a couple hundred 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.

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.


Where do I start?

You start by learning a coding language FIRST.
Learn to plan before you type.
THEN you start designing software with a purpose.

If this sounds like you

Newbie/Rookie said:

I have a little programming experience but I need to write ...
read this section

Otherwise, you can just jump to the resources here:
Some of the tutorials below are for C# or Java not C, C++, VB.NET [...]. But the conceptual stuff of classes, object oriented design, events etc. are not language specific and should give you enough guidance in theory of program development for you to be able to look-up specific code example in your chosen coding language.

Resources, references and suggestions for new programmers. - Updated Oct 2012

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