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Posted 2015-01-15, 08:53 AM
I've held a desire to program, but it's too late for schooling, so I have to settle for the next best thing (and, in the case of high school - the much better alternative).
Anyone know any good tutorials on C# or C++, Java(/script, as apparently they are two different things), or the like? I've started out in Python, but I'm not so sure it will get me far.
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Posted 2015-01-15, 01:41 PM in reply to Skurai's post "Simple minded programming."
It's never too late for school.
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Posted 2015-01-15, 04:06 PM in reply to Skurai's post "Simple minded programming."
Have a look at sites like Codecademy and Khan Academy.

JavaScript is good, as you learn without needing to install anything - just fire up Notepad and start writing, and you can execute it by opening the file in your browser.

Once you've got a taste for programming, if you want to continue to the more hardcore dr...er, languages, I'd recommend first learning the concepts and theory behind object-oriented programming, and then a language that is OO (so you learn a new language through OOP, rather than learning OOP through a new language - that way you'll have an easier time switching languages, and your knowledge of the concepts and theory won't rely on your knowledge of programming in C#, say, or Java).

If you really want to go crazy, learn the basics of theory of computation, algorithmic complexity, discrete mathematics, and first-order and predicate logic. You won't see the connection between that theory and programming at first, but after a while, your understanding of the theory will change the way you think about designing programs, and vastly improve your problem-solving skills.

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EDIT: Also, read as much as you can, and find and join a programming community - if they set daily problems for their members to solve, even better. Something like the /r/learnprogramming or /r/learnJavaScript subreddits aren't a bad place to start.

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Posted 2015-01-16, 01:35 PM in reply to Lenny's post starting "Have a look at sites like Codecademy..."
WetWired said: [Goto]
It's never too late for school.
I'm broke and flunked college with my money lol. Unless you wanna throw me $300.

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EDIT: Also, read as much as you can, and find and join a programming community - if they set daily problems for their members to solve, even better. Something like the /r/learnprogramming or /r/learnJavaScript subreddits aren't a bad place to start.
Thanks for the whole post Lenny lol. I've been at Khan since yesterday, but the rest I'll look into tonight.
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Posted 2015-01-17, 10:33 AM in reply to Skurai's post starting "I'm broke and flunked college with my..."
From what I hear, Python is a great language, though I don't have much experience in it. Java is simple to learn, powerful, and will expose you to most of the ideas you need to be exposed to (variables with types, loops, if/else statements, functions (methods in Java terminology), along with many object-oriented concepts. But unless you're learning something very esoteric, just pick a language you like and run with it. You'll find you already know any of the concepts you need to know for whatever second language you choose.

I learned how to code mostly solving contest problems. Once you've got the basics down, I would look some of those up and see if you can solve them.
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Posted 2015-01-17, 02:32 PM in reply to Demosthenes's post starting "From what I hear, Python is a great..."
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I learned how to code mostly solving contest problems. Once you've got the basics down, I would look some of those up and see if you can solve them.
Alright, I'll definitely do that.

To be honest, I want to try and learn a bit of everything. I'm going to hack North Korea for revenge on what they did to us back in WWII
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Posted 2015-01-20, 02:07 PM in reply to Demosthenes's post starting "From what I hear, Python is a great..."
Lots of new jobs available for those who write in Python as well.














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Posted 2015-01-21, 08:08 AM in reply to D3V's post starting "Lots of new jobs available for those..."
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Lots of new jobs available for those who write in Python as well.
I just don't like Python's Command Prompt interface.
Unless, of course, I'm doing it wrong.
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