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    where do i begin?

    hello,

    I've been wanting to learn programming for some time but after trying several different books/online classes etc im not having much luck.

    I think my main problem is that although all these things explain things very clearly in a way i can understand, they just describe the different aspects of the particular language.

    I think (being a learn by doing rather than reading kinda person) what i need is something that talks through the theory of a something then gives you a mini project that can be completed using only the stuff it has taught thus far.

    I work for a eCommerce company, troubleshooting ppls API's and stuff so from a work point of view i think learning web development stuff is best - most likely PHP but I can i start from absolute scratch with this language or is it a bit much jump into from the get go?

    can anyone recommend a learning course/site/book that takes the learn from doing approach to teaching?

    thanks

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    Best thing to do is pick a language (HTML, ColdFusion, ASP, PHP, whatever), think of your own project, and do it; look up things along the way - how to do a particular thing, etc. Trial and error, esp since you yourself said that you're a "learn by doing rather than reading" type.
    ^_^

    If anyone knows of a website that can offer ColdFusion help that isn't controlled by neurotic, pedantic jerks* (stackoverflow.com), please PM me with a link.
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    The neurotic, pedantic jerks are not the owners; just the people who are in control of the "popularity contest".

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfShade View Post
    Best thing to do is pick a language (HTML, ColdFusion, ASP, PHP, whatever), think of your own project, and do it; look up things along the way - how to do a particular thing, etc. Trial and error, esp since you yourself said that you're a "learn by doing rather than reading" type.
    This is good advice if you can manage it DIY.

    I, myself am in the process of learning the basics of php and mysql - of which I am following 2 different youtube channels. Although I have done little to compare, http://thenewboston.org/ has been a great resource. Good learnings, decent pace and consistent delivery with everything he teaches.

    This isn't where I started though when I wanted to enter the world of code. I tried to teach myself and was following HTML & CSS video's and it just wasn't clicking.

    I too am a learn by doing guy but without having a solid understanding of the entire process and syntax of the language - I found myself spinning my wheels asking questions I didn't know how to get answers to.

    My solution was to take the first two classes of HTML&CSS at a local college. I was by no means interested in pursuing past that point - but I found it tremendously helpful. It gave me the proper platform and the base of knowledge I feel helps me in learning new languages now going forward.

    Thats what worked for me. Check out the new boston or sign up for a college class! Very worth it IMO.


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