View Full Version : Where do I begin

07-17-2008, 11:33 PM
I want to program becuase I've always been interested in it. I started whaching yalls videos and ever since I've wanted to learn. even before that I wanted to just learn basic programming. I want to learn how to program video games because that is what I want to some day become. I just don't know anything about programming where to start or go to. I have no idea of how to get started. I installed Blitz Plus demo on my computer but I have no clue as to how to program in it or anythin. I want to learn how to program in C++, C,Java, Dark Basic, you know stuff like that..I want to one day create my own video games and distribute them like yall are doing.At my school Abilene High they say they have all these computer classes and programming classes and stuff but outa all the classes I wanted to take none of them were offered so I've basically resorted to teaching myself but as you can see it's not going to well. I wanted to start learning early so I could how a foundation for when I go to college.

07-17-2008, 11:58 PM
25 years ago, I started learning BASIC on an Apple II, TRS-80, and C-64, and Atari for the exact reason - I wanted to learn to create games. Like you, my school didn't have a computer lab, and when they did, they were all Macs. The steps I took to teach myself still apply today. If I were in your shoes, I would:

- Start with any language like C++, Java, VB.Net, C# and get familiar with fundamentals. You will need this background to be successful with platforms for game development - start slow and work your way up. Books from publishers like Wrox, APress, and SAMS are usually good choices to help with this.

- Find out whether your local community college offers courses. Here in Wisconsin, many of our schools offer on-line programming courses and even whole certificate programs. You may not find the specific languages you want, but it will also be important to understand good programming form, design concepts, and analysis that will appy to any language.

- For gaming languages or any that are not general-purpose, you will likely need to look at schools across the US and not just in your geographic area. Again, maybe correspondence courses will help lower costs.

- Ask your school guidance counselor if he/she can help you get an informational interview with a game development company. Perhaps you can then ask these questions of someone in the industry to get a real inside view of the work involved and knowledge needed. Then, you can make a better informed decision about whether it's a fit for you. If I had done this prior to spending 4 years getting a degree in marketing, I may have made a different choice. No regrets here, though - that degree has been invaluable to me as a small business consultant.

Good luck with your search!

07-18-2008, 12:05 AM
thank you so much for your advice. I'm going to work hard and hopefully learn as much as I can and be the best programmer I can be. I just have no idea as to where to start I'm blank...

07-18-2008, 02:33 AM
I thought I'd mention this because its free.


It is a good intro to programming and it uses python to teach. Normally I'm a fan of Java and Ruby but as demtron stated, the concepts are the most important to learn. Since your in high school, free is always good. I found this a while ago and planned to learn python just to add another language to my tool set but haven't gotten around to it completely yet.

Good luck!

07-18-2008, 04:16 AM
And don't forget about the sticky that is in this forum: http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=40778 There are some good links in there.