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I want to become a computer software programmer

Posted by Droopz [send private reply] at October 02, 2001, 02:14:37 PM

I have no clue how to start, or what program to use or what. I'm determined to learn so if someone would help a brotha out then e-mail me.


Posted by taubz [send private reply] at October 02, 2001, 07:48:08 PM

Read the Getting Started guide linked from the main page of this site, and the other guides there. :)

- taubz

Posted by RedX [send private reply] at October 03, 2001, 02:54:11 PM

Short answer:
- learn a programming language. Which one is unimportant.
- program
start simple, work you way up. The most important part is that you finish the program and have it work. Failing because the program was too difficult is discouraging. Small programs learn you how to organise a project, without being distracted by problems related to implementation (e.g. difficult math).

- read books
Can't avoid these. These are shortcuts, because they allow you to learn from expert programmers who had time to write (a rare species).
- read websites
Not everything is written in books.
- read newsgroups, forums (read, ask and answer questions)
- read everything else about programming, program organisation and math
Programming a program in a day, on your own, is totaly different, from writing a big program and/or with a team. You'll need to learn to organise your code, learn to plan ahead, write design documents, etc. You'll learn these skills while programming, yet books can be a shortcut.


Posted by gian [send private reply] at October 03, 2001, 03:41:44 PM

May I ask why this is situated in the "Suggestions" forum?

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at October 03, 2001, 04:26:16 PM

We're suggesting to Droopz what to do? ::shrugs::

- taubz

Posted by Psion [send private reply] at October 03, 2001, 10:24:36 PM

I don't know what you mean! Get your eyes checked!

Posted by gian [send private reply] at October 04, 2001, 03:42:35 AM

Psion, oh Psion... where would we be without you?

Posted by RedX [send private reply] at October 04, 2001, 01:38:32 PM

Gian I think it's time to spend some time in a bed. :-)


Posted by RedX [send private reply] at October 04, 2001, 02:17:23 PM

I found the same thread in sugestions-section.
Gave me a "Error marking thread read: Category authorization failureError getting thread: Category authorization failure"


Posted by BEDGE [send private reply] at October 09, 2001, 10:37:10 AM

(RedX gave Good suggestions)
Firstly it depends on how determined you are

If you want to do the easier GUI programmming which most jobs are in now a days learn C++ Builder or Visual Basic. But there is still work I hear and good money in programming on the command interface of unix (please correct me anyone if Imn wrong). For that I would recommend you C to start then go onto C++.

I started off programming in C then C++ (command part and Structured and Object oriented paradigm) and I found it hard to adapt to Visual Basic and C++ builder at first.

In my short career as a programmer I have not had to use the command interface programming I was first taught. It is still important though I stress to learn how diffrent variables, functions etc work in the programming language cos a lot of what I learned from these programming languages have came in handy.

Posted by gian [send private reply] at October 10, 2001, 02:44:09 PM

Wow bedge, you pulled out some lower case for the occasion!

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