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BarrMan
09-16-2007, 05:33 PM
Hey.
What I've done up till now was only learning web programming languages but I've found out that the access for many functions to the client is limited there.

I know the basics of C and C++ and I've read books about these languages but have never done anything rather than calculate primary numbers or make useless functions.

What I want to know is how to develop my skills and where I can reach by learning programming languages.
I saw people making scripts for msn, browsers(firefox) and even a smart house but never seen a resource that teaches how to program it.

Another question is which programming language I should learn.

Thanks for the help!

ess
09-16-2007, 08:32 PM
Well...this is not a simple question to answer...as most programming languages (beside Java) are created for a specific reason.

For example, PHP is server side programming language...whereas JavaScript is a client side scripting languages. and learning the two is useful if you want to be a web developer/programmer.

Learning Java on the other hand will give you greater opportunities..as you can program for the web, mobile devices, desktop applications, client/server applications etc.

Having said that though, you're ought to ask yourself what it is that interests you the most in programming languages....and what jobs to you see yourself doing if you are to become a full time programmer.

As for plug-in programming...etc. there are loads of howto at the mozilla foundations website which explains the process of creating plug-ins for the mozilla family of products. here is a nice howto from the mozilla documentation pages.

http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Building_an_Extension

Here is quite a nice introductory tutorial on how to create a plugin for Mozilla Firefox

http://roachfiend.com/archives/2004/12/08/how-to-create-firefox-extensions/

Cheers,
~E

BarrMan
09-16-2007, 08:37 PM
Oh, Thanks alot! That really helped me!
I'm not sure what I want to learn. Java looks nice but what about C#? What's its speciality?

ess
09-16-2007, 08:50 PM
If you learn Java, you will find learning C# a piece of cake....as C# is very similar to Java.

C# is a Microsoft product...which runs on the .NET framework (Windows OS only), but there is an open source project called Mono..which allows C# applications to be portable to other operating systems such as Linux, and Apple Mac OS.

If you want to learn C#, you might find the following video tutorials helpful
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/beginner/

Also, you may wish to test drive Microsoft Visual C# Express Edition...which is free of charge.
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/express/aa700756.aspx

and if you want to learn how to create ASP.NET applications using C#, you should have a look at http://asp.net for more video tutorials and articles.

cheers,
~E

BarrMan
09-17-2007, 06:16 PM
If you learn Java, you will find learning C# a piece of cake....as C# is very similar to Java.

C# is a Microsoft product...which runs on the .NET framework (Windows OS only), but there is an open source project called Mono..which allows C# applications to be portable to other operating systems such as Linux, and Apple Mac OS.

If you want to learn C#, you might find the following video tutorials helpful
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/beginner/

Also, you may wish to test drive Microsoft Visual C# Express Edition...which is free of charge.
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/express/aa700756.aspx

and if you want to learn how to create ASP.NET applications using C#, you should have a look at http://asp.net for more video tutorials and articles.

cheers,
~E

Thanks very very much!



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