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    Looking to Start my Journey in Code - Intro Post

    I am a 50 year old guy that has worked the same Job for the past 28 years. My job has nothing to do with coding or programing, and I plan to continue working my job until I retire. So I am just wanting to learn coding / programing for a hobby. My biggest hurdle is I was many years ago a GED (Good Enough Diploma) graduate, so I am not near as smart as the most of you here are, and my attention span is not what it was before.
    I want it to be fun and engaging for me to learn. For example i learned to use Gimp and Inkscape and Scribus all through video tutorials and that was great fun. Learning from a text book environment is something I was never able to do.
    I do not know what programing language I want to learn, mainly because I don't have a clue what they are used for. I don't want to do website design, I would rather learn to... Ha I don't even know, hopefully you can help me decide where to start.
    I have read this forum for a day or so and have seen it said a few times, for the new programer starting out it is a good idea to start with C++ or C#, this may very well be true, but if it is difficult to learn I will more that likely quit before I give myself a fair chance to learn.
    So I am hoping to hear some guidance in the way of what will be interactively engaging for me to start off my journey so my interest is bringing me back to the keyboard to learn more because it is getting fun. So for me the order of learning should be easiest and funnest first and then onto other languages once I get my head wrapped around what programing is all about. Some have suggested on here to learn C++ at w3school.com, well I went there and couldn't even find the course, so I am asking that the people nice enough to reply to this post consider my learning ability and attention span and help me find a good interactive or video visual learning platform that will get me going in the right direction.
    I hope to learn a lot from this point on and get to know many of you via this forum environment.
    Thanks in advance for any guidance and have a Great Day.
    Codes4fun

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    Hi.

    I learned the very fundamentals of programming using C++ and I still think it is a good start.

    However, now that I program mainly in C# I see why many people recommend it for beginners:

    - you can write useful applications very fast
    - the code style is familiar with C, C++, Java and many more
    - Visual Studio is a great program for writing C#

    My suggestion is to download Visual Studio 2012 Express from here and begin coding with this tutorial.

    Have fun

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    I found Lynda.com and it looks real promising. I don't mind paying the subscription fee. Is anyone familiar with their courses? If so are they easy to follow? Lastly do you know of a similar service available that I can compare them to before I decide?
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    Codes4fun

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    Well after some looking around I found this blog on the comparison of the 2 main services of their kind, Lynda.com and TeamTreehouse.com -> http://blog.adamtreister.com/post/53...m-vs-treehouse

    After reading the blog post and looking at the TeamTreehouse.com website i decided to sign up for a 1 year subscription and see how it goes. I viewed their FAQ before joining and they only require you to have SublimeText as a software to use in their courses so total I was looking at $250 for a one year subscription and $70 for Sublimetext.

    I feel that is a good bargain if it can teach me programing in a easy fun interactive environment. Only time will tell. I will try and remember to check back in here in about a year to let you how my experience was and how much I was able to learn in my spare time.
    Codes4fun

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    I would suggest learning C# or C++. These are robust and well rounded programming languages that will only help you more as time goes on. The syntax is only half the battle, the rest is applying what you have learned and in the future using new syntaxes with your current level of programming knowledge.
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    I would suggest to you learn C language. It will give you to think out of box and your logical skill will developed. So focus on C then go for C++ or C#.


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