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Old 06-18-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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where would i start off
to start programming?

dont show me the hello world tutorial
it just doesnt make sense
where is a tutorial tat will actually help and teach me
can any one help?

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Old 06-18-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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Just Google Visual Basic tutorials and download the express edition from Microsoft's website. There are tons of tutorials around and it's best if you just browse through them seeing which one fits you best.

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Old 06-20-2009, 03:38 AM   #3
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I would start with Java, thats the first one I learned since that is what my Intro to Programming class taught. It was quite easy to learn, first program it taught me was the "Hello World".
For me, it is easier to use an book and learn than using an online tutorial. Your learning might be different. But go to your local bookstore, and check out some Java (or other language) books, and if it makes sense to you, then purchase and try, or if you have a laptop, try it right there.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:50 PM   #4
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www.CodeProject.com has great articles and code examples. I would say to learn VB.NET. It is pretty easy to start off with but once you get into it can be very powerful. Also try the book "Visual Basic 2005 for Programmers" by Deitel.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:18 PM   #5
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If you want a book to take you through learning Java, I can really recommend "Objects first with Java" by Michael Kolling and David Barnes - it teaches you everything from the ground up very nicely. It scraps the hello world tutorial and takes a really different, good approach.

I'd personally recommend Java over VB.NET or similar - it's far easier to learn OO principles and then learn languages like VB.NET later rather than the other way around. I've seen lots of "OO" code (Java, C#, C++) written by people that migrated from VB.NET and similar and the result generally isn't a very pretty sight... in fact, it's not generally OO either! Also, while you can do some powerful stuff with VB.NET, it has got a bit of a bad reputation for a number of reasons - some of them aren't unfounded either

On the flip side, VB.NET is probably easier to pick up than Java because you don't have to learn all the object oriented concepts first, so if you're looking for hassle free results in the quickest time possible then VB.NET is probably the better option.

Though personally, I'd still say Java was a far better route to take if you're looking at programming at all seriously.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:19 AM   #6
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Better if you would learn JavaScript first..you need to learn on OO principles,before learning how to write codes.
Javascript is NOT a good language to learn first. OO principles can be taught perfectly well using Java (there's a heck of a lot of universities that do it!) and Javascript isn't really a general purpose programming language, the main use it sees nowadays is dynamically modifying HTML on webpages. Yes it can be used for more than this as Google and others have proven, but it's not a simple task, and personally if you're looking to get a good grounding in OO principles or otherwise, I'd look elsewhere.
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:25 PM   #7
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Ok, Ill look for an express version, something to specialise in one language.

This wont be my first project, Im going to work up to it but I just wanted to make sure I was going to learn on the right path.

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