View Full Version : how to start programming

08-07-2009, 03:59 AM
Could someone point me in the right direction, please? I want to learn how to program outside of the classroom, but I don't know where to begin. What are the best and most accessible tools that will help to learn computer science or computer programming?

08-07-2009, 03:06 PM
This question is asked and answered here all the time. Just search the forums.


First see if at least a few of the 100 or so threads on this subject are helpful, then if you still need more direction, let us know :)


08-08-2009, 01:50 AM
Yeah, you're right. I should have checked first. I've googled some information, and most people suggest starting with a compiler and learning paschal. Is this a good entry level strategy to begin programming?

08-10-2009, 07:35 AM
Personally I would recommend just diving straight into a language that is more mainstream. While I did begin programming in a Paschal variant I didn't really start learning until I programmed in more mainstream languages.

It may not be a bad idea to start with C. It's a VERY temperamental language but its syntax is the basis for really all the languages that follow it. If you want to start with an easy language then I'd recommend PHP - it doesn't require variable decelerations, memory allocations, and its debugging errors are very descriptive.

Either way you go you'll be learning a great deal about programming and may even create a useful script in the process.

08-16-2009, 08:16 PM
I would get a nice environment and a compiler first and learn from examples.
A good compiler is here: