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    What can I do for improvement?

    I am a pretty novice programmer (the only language I have practiced in is C and a little bit of Visual Basic) and I don't know how I can really improve my abilities from here on out. Most of the programs I write I do in C while using CodeBlocks as my IDE and they aren't heavy programs at all. They tend to be only 50 lines or less and do something very simple like outputting a number from a mathematical problem or asking for user input and giving a specific output.

    I get all that simple stuff. But how can I REALLY start to improve my abilities in computer programming? Can anyone point me in the right direction? I am sure that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life (particularly involving securing networks) and I can't seem to get a better grasp of the whole concept.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    If your looking for something "new", you may wish to try your hand at c++. It is basically c with some added functionality; (c++; get it?). The biggest difference between the two is that c++ is object oriented. Since most higher level programing languages are object oriented, it would be wise to play around with c++.

    I recommend making some basic games. They don't have to be overly complex, their fun to make, and when your done, you can share them with your friends. Some common games I've heard of are chess, hangman, poker, tic-tac-toe, and that memory card matching game.
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    Well, interesting problem you have here. What you could do based on your age is get an intern or job at a local videogame or coding company see what languages they code in and if they code in the same language then try spending sometime at the company and see if that challenges you. If all else fail then search the forum for unsolve problems people are having with their code and help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master_Code View Post
    Well, interesting problem you have here. What you could do based on your age is get an intern or job at a local videogame or coding company see what languages they code in and if they code in the same language then try spending sometime at the company and see if that challenges you. If all else fail then search the forum for unsolve problems people are having with their code and help them.
    Well...I never stated my age in the OP but I am 18 and still in my freshman year of college. I honestly don't expect to learn much from any computer courses in my first 2 years of college so that is why I am trying to think of ways to keep practicing my skills in computer programming by teaching myself until I go to a 4 year university where they might have more to offer me in the field.

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    Well you could go visit the project section of CodingForums.com and look for a job with your skill that you have and/or just offer up your skills on the forum to anyone that need them (for a price). Or if you are one of those people that like to talk face to face with people you should try to track down people at your school that are more advanced in coding then you are and see what they do to practice their coding skills.

    Quote Originally Posted by Integral View Post
    Well...I never stated my age in the OP but I am 18 and still in my freshman year of college. I honestly don't expect to learn much from any computer courses in my first 2 years of college so that is why I am trying to think of ways to keep practicing my skills in computer programming by teaching myself until I go to a 4 year university where they might have more to offer me in the field.


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