July 22, 2004

new hobby

so, i'd like to learn to program. i really enjoy working with html and css, but want to get more info on non-internet related applications of coding. i want to start at the very beginning. basic? c? i don't know, see, 'cuz i'm a beginner.

anyone have any tips or info on great resources? i thought about taking a class at the local college, but being a working-girl, my schedule just is not that flexible right now. oh yeah, and i have a mac. anybody? anybody? bueller?


posted by julie at July 22, 2004 10:42 PM

things people have said

You don't really need a class if you want to just sit down and teach yourself the basics.
BASIC isn't used for anything anymore, but it may be useful for a *very* beginner. I used to code BASIC in 5th grade, so it is pretty . . .basic.
Beyond the very basic introduction, I'd go for Python. Very easy to learn and very useful. Visual Basic is also easy, but won't work with a Mac. However, for server scripting, PHP is just about as easy and is superior, imo.
Then start C++, which is fairly easy and very marketable - being the main programming language in use today. As you start writing Python, PHP and C, you will become familiar with the rules for the other structured programming languages like Perl and Java, making those easier to learn.
I'm not a programmer, but just my .02.

so said: Charles at August 2, 2004 12:18 AM

thanks for the tips, charles. helpful as always!

so said: julie (me) at August 5, 2004 09:16 AM



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