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Old 12-20-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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I am really interested in learning computer programming and web site design. I haven't had any formal teaching and don't really know anyone in my area that I can talk with about computers. I was wondering what you guys suggest as a good starting point to begin learning about programming. I have been messing around with tutorials all day dealing with HTML and was wondering if it is also related to programming language too. I created a website (didn't publish it or anything) but have the HTML all written up on notepad. I feel like i got a pretty good grasp on it now. Is jumping into C++ going to be a lot of a jump or is it fine to start messing around with that now or should i start with something more basic??
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:38 AM   #2
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Learn with some basic stuff first, then start to do some C++ because C++ is a very complex/complicated language to learn. But it is a language which can be used in lots of areas and is very stable. It all really depends on what you want to make and that will tell you what language you need to learn.

Use these websites for help if you wish to start learning C++:
http://www.cpp4u.com/
http://www.cprogramming.com/
http://www.cplusplus.com/

Good luck with your future and enjoy.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for the links.... By basic stuff what do you suggest as a good starting point? The thing is I'm not really sure exactly what I would like to make, really just wanted to start learning about the different languages and which is more useful and more widely used. From what I've read I'm getting the feeling that c++ is the more widely used which is why I was interested in it. Is there a more basic language that would help with the transition into C++? Thanks for all the help
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:21 PM   #4
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Have a go at some javascript. That will compliment your knowledge of HTML very well and will give you a basic grasp of programming. Arrays etc
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Have a go at some javascript. That will compliment your knowledge of HTML very well and will give you a basic grasp of programming. Arrays etc
Javascript is good, and so is C and Visual Basic. Try those three out.
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visual basic is really easy to get the hang of, javascript is very very useful in creating a website, and C and its variants are good for general programming.

all good languages to know, like Stratos said.
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:37 AM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!!! I have been messing around with JavaScript for a few hours and your right it compliments the HTML knowledge really well... The if..else statements are kinda like the if....and, if....or statements used in formulas in Microsoft excel which I am really good with...Looking forward to getting into more of this type of language it seems like it sticks pretty good in my head since while going through the tutorials I am also utilizing it on my own to create some easy websites.
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Have a look at Python - Then maybe C#. C# Is similar to C++ - You could do a bit of C# then a bit of C++ etc. I'd avoid VB 6.0, However the .Net Variants are OK.

Have a look at PHP if you are interested in the server-side of web programming.
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