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What programming language should I start with?

Posted Aug 31, '11 at 8:09pm

Theheyjude

Theheyjude

115 posts

I've recently become set in stone with the fact that I want to become a computer programmer and more specifically probably a video game designer. I was going to become a video game tester which is a great way to get into the business...

But... I live in Detroit... And there are absolutely no jobs here... In that field at least

So I figured I should probably start learning some programming languages before I head of to college and get my degree in programming and desing... (I'm 16 btw)

Which language should I start with?

How should I go about it?

What programs do I need?

Can you point me in the direction of a book and or site that can help me learn?

 

Posted Aug 31, '11 at 9:34pm

Darkroot

Darkroot

2,879 posts

Which language should I start with?


Python -> Java -> C++

How should I go about it?


Study books and practice program.

What programs do I need?


Some kind of development environment. For Python just the idle found on their site is good enough. For Java Eclipse is the best thought it's complicated.

Can you point me in the direction of a book and or site that can help me learn?


Free python book.
 

Posted Aug 31, '11 at 9:36pm

Darkroot

Darkroot

2,879 posts

http://openbookproject.net//thinkCSpy/

 

Posted Sep 1, '11 at 2:38pm

Yunboi

Yunboi

19 posts

Hello, Theheyjude

I wouldn't recommend learning complex languages,
I' myself am starting Software Development in Ireland, but I've started learning programming/markup languages.

If you want to start programming, first I'd recommend learning html, though it's not a programming language, you may create website for the future.

Visual Basic would be the best to start off with, It's easy, and will start you off.

If you wish to learn stuff please visit:[url=http://www.w3schools.com/]

You may not think this website will help but you will need a good amount of it for your future career.

[b]Please note, if you wish to create games, that's good, but if your getting into this career just because you love games, you should watch out, both thing's are entirely different[b/]

 

Posted Sep 1, '11 at 2:39pm

Yunboi

Yunboi

19 posts

Messed up the link: [url=http://www.w3schools.com/]

 

Posted Sep 1, '11 at 2:41pm

Yunboi

Yunboi

19 posts

Some sort of error on my end, It's not reading what code I wrote.

 

Posted Sep 1, '11 at 2:43pm

Darkroot

Darkroot

2,879 posts

Visual Basic would be the best to start off with, It's easy, and will start you off.


I wouldn't recommend it. Python and Java are better starter languages.

If you want to start programming, first I'd recommend learning html, though it's not a programming language, you may create website for the future.


It's good to round off your skill-sets but learning html is not really important. You need more than Htlm to produce a decent webpage.
 

Posted Sep 15, '11 at 9:33pm

KyahcoSukaimasutae

KyahcoSukaimasutae

322 posts

Well I jumped on the AS3 banwagon and learned ir first though hours and hours (a year know) of study, I had done a little GML but not enough to make a full game from scratch, but I absulatly don't suggest going down the road of GML! Though now that I stand back and look, taking AS3 of the bat was probaly a bad idea but I love the launague! Realy I think things like basic are not going the derection everything else is like with AS3 or java or C, the EMCA standerd is best (all AS3,java, and I think C is based on) and html is a mackup laungue not a programing laungue! Sherh xml and xhtml work with programing but still a mackup, they also have a very.... unusaul format to them. C is not realy easy to learn it is very complex and and has oldy colpmex ways of doing things say strings ( a sentence value) in C... well there are none! You have to make Chars wich are letters and put them in to an array ( basicly a list) to make a sentence! That is a lot more work than put "" around a sentence! But it is more powerfull and that "feature" can help if your doing something that needs the power... but AS3 can still do so and has strings! So does java!

Now AS3 or java I would say java is "querky" and AS3 is slightly "harder", I would learn java then AS3 then C, but PHP maybe be good I have no clue about it!

But for any of these I would go to the people with the leading books and support and who get the info for the work start from the source(say adobe for AS3) Oreily.com! Here's a link: Oreilly.com I learned every thing I know from these books and they have been a blessing! They are well priced but you can get it cheapper on amizon, I have never payed more than 10$ for one! That is 75% off or more!

But the number one thing is you find a laungue you like and are comfortable with! That is why I went with AS3 I could have done java but I like AS3 better so I have down wonderfull with it!

Also I recemend all programmers read this book (or series truly): Amizon link to book "Programmers at work" and here is a website by th auther that posts the interveiws free to read:the web page for free!(glad I found that one!) Yes it is outdated but it is at a time when programming started and tells use the path that even then they say was right but is now being dissrupted! It is also neat that there future is our now!

Hope that helped! Going thew the mess I wwnt though was not so easy but made me ... well me!

 

Posted Sep 16, '11 at 1:34am

ExplosionsHurt

ExplosionsHurt

262 posts

I actually started with Javascript. It's quite loose and forgiving and it is important in web design and stuff.

Start here.

 

Posted Sep 16, '11 at 10:17am

Carlytoon

Carlytoon

329 posts

I started with Game Maker Language, it shows me the basics of the programming but it shows me bad programming habits too, Game Maker Language is maybe a good start for you. After that you can go with AS3 but I warn you that GML and AS3 are radically differect each other, but dont worry because I pass from GML to AS3 successfully and I dont regret that.

Hope that helps you :D

 
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