I need to know a good language to start with, at first i tried C++ but that is way too hard for me at this point, so i tried C, but am starting to get a bit confused as well. So what i really need, is a language that is easy for a n00b to learn, and that would enable me to easily move onto something like C or whatever is suggested as a next step.
Thanks for any help
Oh yeah, I am only interested in this as something to do as a hobby, not really wanting to spend any money, and need to be able to spend as much time as i like learning it, so IDE's or whatever with trials before i buy are bad.
Also, could you suggest some sites i can get free good tutorials off for the language suggested? Also any IDE's or whatever, just so i can get started.
Last edited by GrmRpr3000; 12-18-2004 at 08:57 PM..
Java might be okay...it's very similar to C++, but is also much simpler. For example, there is a lot more built-in functionality (classes, functions, etc). And you don't have to do memory management like you have to do in C++.
Java is a free language, and is widely used. There are also a number of free IDEs you can use to write, compile, run, and debug Java code. I like NetBeans, but there are others, although I can't remember names at the moment.
To learn a little more about Java, go to Sun's website, where you can download the SDK and find links to various resources on the language.
try QBASIC or pascal. qbasic is simple and the website has compilers and tutorials etc to help you get started. pascal is a pretty basic language aswell and you can download compilers for it around the place.. it's a basis for c/c++ and delphi so it's always good to learn.
As someone taking an intro computer science course, I would recommend checking out the "Little Man" computer. It really helped me to understand what the machine is doing at a very basic level. You can write programs in "Little Man" code that is basically an assembler language. I think it's worth looking at. I started out with Java and was very frustrated, but then did some work with the Little Man and then moved to c. C has been much easier for me than Java was, though it is still challenging for me. I think now if I tried to use Java I would have a much easier time.