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Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by Nobody: 8:58am On Apr 05, 2013
A while ago, I noticed that the Computer Science courses I took in school were NEVER going to prepare me for the real deal, out there in the real world (Nigerian CS students can back me up on this). I don't know why that is, but the CS curricula of Nigerian universities are SO bleeping outdated and USELESS that it's a wonder our certs are recognized abroad.

Compare the Nigerian CS curriculum with that of any other school in the developed world and cringe at the injustice! So I set out to learn on my own, I and some friends. And you wouldn't believe the world of information only a click and a data subscription away.

Nowadays in the era of OCW and Udacity and Khan Academy and Edx, one can learn anything from the comfort of their living room and obtain more knowledge than those that sardine themselves in a twelve-person, four by four room, being taught by mediocre "professors" with zero knowledge of Java or Perl.

But I digress. I came here to talk about the best resource on the net for CS students and those wishing to learn code. TheNewBoston.org. Whatever I know in Java and HTML and CSS and Javascript and C++ came from this site. Not from school. Here, you can find comprehensive and fun video tutorials on almost any lingo you want. And the best part? IT'S ALL FREE!

Here's a little word from the creator:

My name is Bucky Roberts. I grew up in northern New York until I was 21 and then I moved down to Raleigh, North Carolina, where I live now. I began going to college down here but soon dropped out once I realized it wasn’t for me. Sure, I was interested in computers and web design, but most of the courses I was taking in college were totally unrelated. I dropped out figuring that I would be able to learn more on my own than any college could ever teach me. So I began reading computer books. A lot.Shortly after reading a few books on web design, I was hooked. I wanted to know everything and anything about it. I was designing websites any chance I could. I spent almost all of my savings buying more books on different programming languages and other nerdy computer gear. I was addicted. The whole concept of computer and programming fascinated me. As I continued to study more and more, I began to realize that most of the books seemed to lack excitement. The material was useful, but they were far from entertaining. I tried to look online for a more interesting source of learning but to no success. That’s when I discovered YouTube.
Sure, I’ve heard of YouTube before. Even watched videos on there sometimes. Most of them were music videos and of crazy cats, but I began to notice that some users were posting videos about computer topics as well.I soon found out that people were able to record their computer screen without a camcorder at all. I later found out that you could do this for free! Lucky for me, having spent all my money, and curious about anything computer related, I decided to give it a try. I tested out my new software by making some tutorials on web design. I created a YouTube account and decided to name it “thenewboston”. Sounded like a cool name at the time, right? Anyway, I had 0 subscribers at the time. After posting a few videos, I noticed that people seemed to find them very helpful. I loved noticing other users comment on my videos and interacting with my viewers. They asked for more and more videos and I happily delivered. My viewership began to grow along with the people who were subscribed to my channel. I had no idea so many people were just like me. Interested in web design and looking for free, entertaining, and an alternative resource other than books to learn from. I started teaching other programming languages and basic software tutorials as well. I also began to notice that other people have done similar things before, made videos on how to use software. However, all of their videos were dry and dull. Aside from that, they were charging top dollar for every singleone of their videos! It wasn’t before long thatmy views began to explode. I was getting messages from people all over the world. Colleges were calling me and asking me to speak. Radio stations were asking for interviews. All because of some videos I posted online that a lot of people found very useful. I soon realized that these videos were something more than just another cat video on YouTube. They were a gateway to a higher education, for free. While Universities and Corporations were charging like crazy for people to receive an education, people could come and watch my videos and get the same information for no cost at all. I decided that this is the way it would be. An education should be free for everyone who desires one. It should not be a business. And quickly, that became my goal.

Now for those wondering, No, I do not have a personal interest in the site, just a passion that anybody that wants to learn should, and has a right to do so, without the Nigerian System hindering them.

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Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by Tekkyboy(m): 10:43am On Apr 09, 2013
nice post and motivating story from bukky robert this worth to be bookmarked
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by Tekkyboy(m): 10:48am On Apr 09, 2013
The Writer: A while ago, I noticed that the Computer Science courses I took in school were NEVER going to prepare me for the real deal, out there in the real world (Nigerian CS students can back me up on this). I don't know why that is, but the CS curricula of Nigerian universities are SO bleeping outdated and USELESS that it's a wonder our certs are recognized abroad.

Compare the Nigerian CS curriculum with that of any other school in the developed world and cringe at the injustice! So I set out to learn on my own, I and some friends. And you wouldn't believe the world of information only a click and a data subscription away.

Nowadays in the era of OCW and Udacity and Khan Academy and Edx, one can learn anything from the comfort of their living room and obtain more knowledge than those that sardine themselves in a twelve-person, four by four room, being taught by mediocre "professors" with zero knowledge of Java or Perl.

But I digress. I came here to talk about the best resource on the net for CS students and those wishing to learn code. TheNewBoston.org. Whatever I know in Java and HTML and CSS and Javascript and C++ came from this site. Not from school. Here, you can find comprehensive and fun video tutorials on almost any lingo you want. And the best part? IT'S ALL FREE!

Here's a little word from the creator:



Now for those wondering, No, I do not have a personal interest in the site, just a passion that anybody that wants to learn should, and has a right to do so, without the Nigerian System hindering them.
u'ar right bro,i no dis will help me to learn some programming languages.
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by nnasino(m): 7:08pm On Apr 09, 2013
nice thread. i am currently writing the cs101 exam at udacity
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by megachuks: 12:48pm On Apr 10, 2013
Thanks for the post
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by lifestyle1(m): 3:31pm On Apr 11, 2013
Tot the thread was closed sometime ago... mod undecided
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by Nobody: 5:10pm On Apr 11, 2013
life_style: Tot the thread was closed sometime ago... mod undecided
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I convinced the mod to unlock it.
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by megachuks: 11:45am On Apr 12, 2013
The Writer:
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I convinced the mod to unlock it.
As somebody who did not study computer science, which programming language would you advice me to start from.
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by Nobody: 12:04pm On Apr 12, 2013
I'm gonna post a link to a book that might help you, it's up to you to take it from there:

Head First Programming
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by megachuks: 12:38pm On Apr 13, 2013
Thanks a lot
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by bigdot1759(m): 11:29pm On Apr 13, 2013
do u have any ebook on programming i really in need of it or where i can learn it
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by madelinekim(m): 5:10am On Jun 03, 2013
I always like to learn anything related to technology courses from online video tutorials which is one of the best ways to gain knowledge about a particular subject. Many people use this online training program to learn about programming and various courses.
Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by Tekkyboy(m): 12:00pm On Jun 03, 2013
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Re: Learn Programming For Free, Right From Your Couch! by Doperyder(m): 2:44pm On Sep 14
Thanks alot bro.
In my entire life watching youtube tutorials,
or any other online tutorials. Bucky, which is the thenewboston is the best.


And thanks again bro.

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