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04-25-2013, 02:13 PM #1
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where do i begin?
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?
04-25-2013, 03:05 PM #2
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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.
* The neurotic, pedantic jerks are not the owners; just the people who are in control of the "popularity contest".
04-25-2013, 05:08 PM #3
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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.