introduction to programming

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  1. specter001

    specter001 New Member

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    i have recently taken interest in programming but was wondering where to start. as in java, net, c++ and all the other kinds
    thanks for the help
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    tanktan38 Active Member

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    Well, a really easy, yet effective language for Windows users would be Visual Basic. Google it.
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    Nburnes Well-Known Member

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    Never recommend Visual Basic. Ever.
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    specter001 New Member

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    so if not visual basic what then? been doing some reading and im leaning to C++ would that be better for beginning than C?
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    I learned VB first. There's nothing wrong with learning it first. Just because it's different than every other language doesn't mean it's bad to learn first, you can still learn a lot about programming fundamentals from VB.

    If you wanna learn VB first, it's really easy. I wouldn't stick with VB for too long though, learn a C language too.
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    OP: Here's an excellent site for VB. http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/NET/vbNet.html
    Here's one for C# http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/csharp/csharp.html
    I've used them both, but I'm still learning C# and reading the book.

    Yea, that's what I've been doing.
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    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    There's nothing wrong with VB. IT can be a fun and easy way to start (especially if you utilize the built in interface creator).
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    Chicken Retired Moderator

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    If you want to go down the route of iPhone Development, it's best probably learning an OOP language, e.g. Java, just to get a basic grip on objects, then go for C so you know what is actually happening when you write your Objective-C.

    I made the mistake of jumping straight in to learning Objective-C, I'm only now learning C. :/
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    the language and structure to learn depend on your goals - if it is just interest then take VB or C# because they are easy to learn and still very mighty and useful to understand the process of apllication designing.

    if you want to head in the direction apple & co - then learn something object orientated but do not start with obj-c this is kinda too hard for a beginner.

    if you want to code for the internet then take PHP+HTML+JS, ASP, Perl, Silverlight, (Flash ActionScript) or JAVA - depending on what you want to code - dynamic webpages? go for PHP or perl or silverlight/ASP. web apps? silverlight, flash or java.

    as you can see the languages heavily depend on what you are going to do with your learnt skills in the future.
    but you cannot compare them to each other - only under specific aspects.

    you can't say VB is worse than C++ or whatever - only if you say under "thisandthat" aspect it is more powerful.

    //EDIT: chicken was a bit faster than me^^
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    Gtamario Banned

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    Never recommend VB. Ever. Period.
    Start with Java, as it's forgiving (garbage collection) and Object Based.

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