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    Question Please help a noob(you were one once also)

    I'm a noob, but hopefull not for long.
    I want to get my degree, but don't have time for college right now.
    Are there any good programs(software) or books that I could use to study computer science/programming so that I can do some early studying?

    Thank You All

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    Depends what field of CS you're going into. For C++, I'd recommend Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours. It'll take you longer than 24 hours, but it's a great beginner book. The internet is also your best resource. You can find pretty much everything you need one way or another, you just have to know how to look. Are you going into game programming? Web design? I can give you recommendations if you specify more about what you want to learn. There are so many good sites, so many good tutorials, and so many BAD ones that you should definitely know what you want to learn. If you just aren't sure and you want to learn programming, I'd recommend starting with something easy like Visual Basic. It's so incredibly simple I don't personally even count it as a programming language. But it does have the power to do great things if you know how to use it, and it'll still be significant challenge for a newbie. It will allow you to author your own programs while also getting a feel for how a computer works underneath. Once you've got it down a bit, you can move onto the C++ or Java worlds, which pose more of a challenge.

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    I'm not sure exactly what field I want to work in.
    Just need to learn the basics for now, so that helped.
    Thanks. Any good software that I can learn and practice with will help out
    a lot. I don't do books to well. I'm more of a hands on person.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gremlin777 View Post
    I'm not sure exactly what field I want to work in.
    Just need to learn the basics for now, so that helped.
    Thanks. Any good software that I can learn and practice with will help out
    a lot. I don't do books to well. I'm more of a hands on person.

    Thanks!
    Well the nice thing about books is that they usually have exercises you can do, like "write a program that does X" so you can practice hands on.
    OracleGuy

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    If you're interested in programming or computing in general, I would start with learning a web based language of some kind, it is generally a bit more troll free when you are asking for assistance on forums, and a lot of people tend to get a bit more interest as websites can become dynamic quickly, whereas software can be a little longer learning before you have something you're very proud of.

    Again it is personal opinion, but if you are interested then I would start with perhaps learning PHP with HTML/CSS or ASP.NET with C#. Both are great fun, should you choose to start learning software development, I would suggest something with visual studio such as windows forms, the GUI is very much drag and drop, and its quite easy to get into the nitty gritty behind it, and it will generate a lot of the code for you (and explain it if you hover over it).
    Andrew Sharman
    Web designer, developer and programmer.

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    Step one UNDERSTAND how a computer works =] it may sound stupid but its necessary, if you dont know what your code is doing you may get confused (a quick lesson). You will type out code, usually in a compiler, the compiler will then check it for mistakes, provided there are none, it will compile it into 'Machine Code' (speaking from a C++ perspective some may compile into others then machine code <<< need verification on that) which is executed by an EXE file (usually). Run the exe file and it runs through your code executing the commands you typed one line at a time =]

    udjamaflip (i think i spelt it right? lol) is right, a good place to start is HTML as it is a brilliant way to understand the concept due to its spimplicity (don't kill me for saying that) if you want to go more into web dev, then learn javascript and then move onto server scripting (all available on the w3 schools website google it. IF on the other hand you want to get right on into software then a good place to start (in my opinion) is visual basic as it is a good introduction and once you really get into it move onto more powerful languages such as C++ or C# (i prefer C++ but thats just me make your own choice ;P) after a week working on C++ i could (and actively did) think in code unintentionally.

    SORRY for the long post, hope it helps

    ~Jon~


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