06-13-2009, 12:40 AM
hi to all of you here at this forum .
I am a pc builder and i am a very interested in building my knowledge on the software side , can anyone help me i dont know where to start .
I am wanting to learn about coding and programming.
I can build a pc in two minutes but i havnt got much knowledge on the software side, i know windows good lol.
I have come to your forum because we all have to start somewhere
can anyone tell me where to start at i.e programes to look at ,ebooks to read ,sites to look at . But i need to know how to do it, what do i look at first etc .
i would be very grateful if anyone can give me a inside tip on how you have got to the lever you are at
many thanks in advance benno123
welcome to CF.
Have you any idea yet, what it is that you would like to program? That will determine largely what you could learn. bit like saying 'I'm going to travel from New York to LA'. then adding, 'I'll be bringing with me, the contents of my house'. In one case you can use any vehicle whereas in the other, you'll (likely) need a lorry. :) (hopeful not patronising - analogy for clarity).
If for web pages: xhtml/css (tutorials at w3schools.com)
if for data storage: MySQL/oracle/other (using phpMyAdmin/Heidisql to manage it)
language to interact with server (and the db): perl/php (read each forum for tutorials)
graphics/images: adobe photoshop/paint shop pro (read graphics forum for tutorials)
not an exhaustive list by any stretch.
06-13-2009, 12:16 PM
You may also find some help here (http://exitfegs.co.uk/Sources.html)in addition to what Bazz says.
I have gotten to the "level" where I am at simply by READING. I have read so much over the past decade, and I'm still only mediocre; but I get the job done (thats why coders work in teams, thats your first lesson).
What kind of software do you want to program...?
if it's a web 2.0 application you want, you need to learn A LOT.
06-14-2009, 03:49 PM
Thanks guys for the repies i really appreciate it ....
I am looking just to start at the begining ...if someone says to me my pc is broke .I can fix it for them no problem......but if someone said to me my web site is down i wouldnt be able to help them etc... or be able to write small files into games etc...I am just wanting to build my knowledge base but i dont know where to start ... i will have a look at the info you have gave me lads thank you .........benno123
06-14-2009, 04:55 PM
You might want to consider diving into doing web development to get your feet wet. It is really easy to get going and more forgiving to mistakes than application development. Not to mention it is pretty easy to get started. When just making static pages (that is, pages without any server side code like PHP) can just open them in the browser you have on your computer.
When you do want to start messing around with a server side language you will need a web server. There is a really easy software package to get you going called xampp (http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html) that will give you a web server with PHP and MySQL support.