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Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 7:54pm On Oct 18, 2011
I want to learn a programming language on my own since i am idle while waiting for my NYSC call up and i am wondering, which programming language will i learn? i have tried java and it was interesting and easy till i tried developing GUI's, that's where i gave up, am good at MATLAB but its not a general programing language, its just for engineering. So i am asking you guys to help me decide on which one i will go for based on:

[list]
[li]Difficulty (of course i will like the ones that will be learned easily)[/li]

[li]Popularity[/li]

[li]Relevance (related to computer engineering)[/li]

[li]Avaliability of tools[/li]
[/list]

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Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Nobody: 2:00am On Oct 19, 2011
java is a good one. They are all good

I will liken it to a crawling child, he sees everyone walking and thinks it's an amazing feat.
he keeps trying until he is a sprint master.

with programming, you dont relent, you need to sacrifice a lot of time and concentration.
when i say relent, i mean, be ready to spend 14 hours/per day for weeks trying to figure out how GUI works,
and dont stop until you get it to work. cool

Thats d part i love, when i finally get it to work, i always reward myself in my own little way. grin
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 4:01am On Oct 19, 2011
thanks for the advice webdezzi
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bossman(m): 4:37pm On Oct 19, 2011
Programming is certainly challenging and nobody will tell you it's easy. As already suggested, starting with Java is a good idea. You are going to run into road blocks, you just have to work harder to overcome those hurdles.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by blueteeth: 1:49am On Oct 20, 2011
Frm d basis;C and C++
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 4:23am On Oct 20, 2011
Hmmm, i'm seriously considering going to java. thanks bossman and blueteeth. But blueteeth, if i should star with the basics, shouldn't it be Paschal? smiley
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by blueteeth: 4:13pm On Oct 20, 2011
Frm what i knw,PASCAL is not good 4 large programs and dat puts it at a disadvantage compared to C,which it is still very similar to.so instead of going 4 pascal,just start with C,but have it at heart dat the three most porpular basic programs are;C++,basic and java.also,note dat C and java are optional.So dat's why i say start with C,C++.forget about pascal.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by ektbear: 4:52am On Oct 21, 2011
As of late I've been doing a little bit of Java.

I am starting to like it a lot.

Java has PHENOMENAL libraries!

Any functionality you want, there is bound to already be a nice library you can use.

I don't like the verbosity though.

Overall, I think it is a fairly decent language to start with.

I'm also a huge fan of Ruby. Very nice language. Concise and powerful, but not an ugly mess to read (like perl, for example.)
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 7:23am On Oct 21, 2011
alright blueteeth, i'm considering that. once again, thanks for the advice. cheesy
ekt_bear, that is my problem with java: "it's verbose" and even with netbeans, i cant still develop a GUI. for simple programs cry
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by ektbear: 7:42am On Oct 21, 2011
If you want concise, use a scripting language like ruby or python.

Doesn't really matter which of the above you pick, both are good.

Just pick one and master it though, I think.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by eoatech: 1:56pm On Oct 21, 2011
please i want to learn programming on my own and i don't know how to go about it. please brothers put me through. thanks
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by navya: 2:07pm On Oct 21, 2011
Hey,

I am using PHP as programming language,
And definitely i preferred it,
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by eoatech: 2:15pm On Oct 21, 2011
@ nevya please how can i go about it? i will like to learn it myself without going to all this IT school the guy i use to consult to help me do some site application just speak too much and collect whole lot of money. please help me
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by navya: 2:25pm On Oct 21, 2011
Hey,

@ eoatech,

You can learn it at your door step, No need to go anywhere to learn this, There are many sites available on internet with detail video tutorials, I have also learned from there,
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by paniki(m): 2:26pm On Oct 21, 2011
Please learn Python, it's the easiest of all the languages. The Google boys built their empire on Python and they still use it extensively. Once you know Python, it will be even easier to jump to Java and C++ and most others.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by eoatech: 2:28pm On Oct 21, 2011
@ piniki. please how can i learn that on my own? do you have maybe video tutorial or e-book. so i can learn it?
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by paniki(m): 4:58pm On Oct 21, 2011
eoatech:

@ piniki. please how can i learn that on my own? do you have maybe video tutorial or e-book. so i can learn it?

Information is freely available, just type "learn python" in google search bar. Pick and choose out of the many e-books and tutorials, all of them have some value.

I learned Python 1st year at Rhodes University in SA using this:
http://www.cs.ru.ac.za/courses/CSc102/

Download the Python programming environment listed under "recommended resources" and download the textbook then you are good to go.

They teach Java and C++ in the 2nd year
http://www.cs.ru.ac.za/
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 6:31am On Oct 22, 2011
Thanks guys especially paniki for the links, java is giving me the creeps. lol.
@ekt_bear, i haven"t heard of ruby before now. how's it like?
@navya, i think php is a scripting language for server-side web applications undecided can it be used for general purpose programming?
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by ektbear: 8:23am On Oct 22, 2011
Ruby is basically the power of Perl, minus the ugliness, lack of maintainability and readability.

Read this free online book (which will also tell you how to download/install Ruby). Spend a few hours on it. Tell me what you think when done.

I think you'll like it better than some of the alternatives.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Nairaplus(m): 3:04pm On Oct 22, 2011
If you need something simple and relatively faster than especially Java and very powerful, go for Visual BASIC 2010.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 6:04pm On Oct 22, 2011
@ekt_bear, thanks 4 the link, ruby looks promising but I'm just starting though
@nairaplus, is VB really more powerful than java??
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Nobody: 8:39pm On Oct 26, 2011
hello,after viewing all the above post,i will advice you listen to this.
1:learn a language that is flexible
2:learn a language that works well with an IDE(integrated development enviroment).
3:learn from someone who understands the language up-to the level of writing a multithreaded application.
incase you are wondering im a java tutor,with applications to my credit.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 7:21am On Oct 27, 2011
so biaimahjak, you are advising java? the thing is that i want to lean on my own.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Nobody: 9:26am On Oct 27, 2011
ya,the reason im advising java is,programming used to be top bottom design,meaning you would have to worry about things like garbage collection,overloaded methods e.t.c but with java all that is been taken care-off.but you will face difficulty in understanding the rudimentry aspects at first,it all clears up later just start nd ill put you through upto th point when u can develop the simplest nd yet functional programme.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by eoatech: 11:28am On Oct 27, 2011
any one with the video tutorial or e-book for the java? please
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 12:46am On Oct 28, 2011
@braimahjak, alright, thanks bro. like i said in the begining of the post. i know a little of java. i can actuall develop workable command line programs but when it comes to GUI programs, everything starts sounding alien. thats my problem with java
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Nobody: 5:44pm On Oct 28, 2011
first of all,what java IDE are you using?you need to understand how its error reporting works to know what imports are not working.gui is a delicate aspect of coding as your main method is hardcoded to ur buttons your problem is probably an unimplemented interface'an example is CLASS PROGRAMME EXTENDS JFRAME IMPLEMENTS CTIONLISTENER now ur buttons will work,tell me if you have this area under controll.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Bulldog(m): 9:24pm On Oct 28, 2011
i use netbeans ide
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by Nobody: 9:03pm On Oct 30, 2011
hello been busy working,netbeans is good but at your level you need eclipse if i may recomend yo need the stanford university version.thier version has an internally built-in run method so you can work without using main methods.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by mashnino(m): 6:10pm On Nov 28, 2011
i think you should go for application development but i dnt know which of the languages i can actually decide for you. but remmba you should be good in logic and reasoning sha
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by ektbear: 6:14pm On Nov 28, 2011
I said ruby before, and I stand by that.
Re: Which Programming Language Should He Go For? by ektbear: 6:26pm On Nov 28, 2011
One big downside with ruby is that at least judging from NL, it doesn't seem to be very popular amongst Nigerians. So if you like being able to get programming training in Nigeria, meet others in naija etc, there are less resources available than say PHP.

However, since presumably you have internet access, there is a big international community and tons of documentation you can access.

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