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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by iCode2: 9:21am On Aug 14
Daejoyoung:

Hello, l am a self taught programmer and l believe it's the best option if like me you can cultivate the habit of sitting in front of your system for long hours. l use google and stackoverflow a lot, and overtime l've become more patient with the debugging process.

Being a self taught programmer is difficult, because you may have no compass on your learning path, and spend more time. Also you may have little or no feed back, but when you put in the required amount of time (say an average of 2 hours per day) and go through the process, it's definitely worth it. This is because you know you are your own teacher, and you measure up your progress by yourself. You are much more actively involved in it.
A self taught programmer however can also search for other programmers around in order to cultivate the habit of team work, and also for the required feedback.
l'll advice a self taught programmer to combine both the bottom up as well as the top down learning approach. Fortunately for us in this current global village, it has become easier to be self taught and very advantageous with the tons of resources online.
Wow thanks so much for your response. I was confused about the top down and bottom up approach but I've seen your reply to the guy who asked.
How long did it take you to be proficient? At least to handle some projects. I plan to start out with html - css - javascript - bootstrap - jquery - angular - php - larave-sql. l After this I'm torn between going with python or java.
Someone suggested I add c# and asp.net. What do you think about this learning path?
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Daejoyoung: 9:49am On Aug 14
iCode2:
Wow thanks so much for your response. I was confused about the top down and bottom up approach but I've seen your reply to the guy who asked.
How long did it take you to be proficient? At least to handle some projects. I plan to start out with html - css - javascript - bootstrap - jquery - angular - php - larave-sql. l After this I'm torn between going with python or java.
Someone suggested I add c# and asp.net. What do you think about this learning path?
l haved worked with Tkinter for some little projects and then played with django to an extent, but Pandas for data analysis has been my major focus.

Learning Pandas and machine learning libraries like scikit learn didn't take me a long time(say a few weeks) because you can find almost everything on stackoverflow, and there are lots of structured projects already, but they both take a very long time to master and work with independently, you would still need Google and Stackoverflow for lots of things even when you master them.
With django and flask, you would have to learn so many other things, you would definitely feel like you are out of the python domain especially with django.
l started with structured projects on the internet, then began to personalize these projects and build upon them after a long time and then finally began to have my own little ideas.

Practicing with structured projects on the internet is easy, but it could take you so many months to transition to the stage where you begin to implement your own ideas successfully and confidently.

When you know enough to kickstart your own idea or build upon previous projects without slavishly following an existing project step by step, then you know you are making good progress, but getting to this stage on your own and without a work or school environment, is difficult and could take months or even years for some.
By this time, freelancing on very small projects or a job or practice school with more project ideas would help. Even an online course with so many projects would be helpful.

You have chosen the right part with html, css, javascript and sql. lt's best to begin with front end frameworks (in my opinion), and then knowledge of sql is vital for almost all backends.

As for the java/python confusion, it's not that important, just begin with anyone, and if after weeks you think it's tough, try the other route.
There should be no pressure to choose one or stick with one, they are just tools by the way, and you can pick them up anytime.

But then if you are to learn php and laravel, why not perfect that first, and make money with that before worrying about java or python?
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by iCode2: 10:30am On Aug 14
Daejoyoung:

l haved worked with Tkinter for some little projects and then played with django to an extent, but Pandas for data analysis has been my major focus.

Learning Pandas and machine learning libraries like scikit learn didn't take me a long time(say a few weeks) because you can find almost everything on stackoverflow, and there are lots of structured projects already, but they both take a very long time to master and work with independently, you would still need Google and Stackoverflow for lots of things even when you master them.
With django and flask, you would have to learn so many other things, you would definitely feel like you are out of the python domain especially with django.
l started with structured projects on the internet, then began to personalize these projects and build upon them after a long time and then finally began to have my own little ideas.

Practicing with structured projects on the internet is easy, but it could take you so many months to transition to the stage where you begin to implement your own ideas successfully and confidently.

When you know enough to kickstart your own idea or build upon previous projects without slavishly following an existing project step by step, then you know you are making good progress, but getting to this stage on your own and without a work or school environment, is difficult and could take months or even years for some.
By this time, freelancing on very small projects or a job or practice school with more project ideas would help. Even an online course with so many projects would be helpful.

You have chosen the right part with html, css, javascript and sql. lt's best to begin with front end frameworks (in my opinion), and then knowledge of sql is vital for almost all backends.

As for the java/python confusion, it's not that important, just begin with anyone, and if after weeks you think it's tough, try the other route.
There should be no pressure to choose one or stick with one, they are just tools by the way, and you can pick them up anytime.

But then if you are to learn php and laravel, why not perfect that first, and make money with that before worrying about java or python?
Thats true @ bolded. I just wanted to figure the whole process out in my head before starting. Lol. I think it's because I'll also want to go into app development later. I'm definitely going to perfect my php/laravel. I'll see how far I can go with html in 7 days. My plan is to be done with html in 7 days, another 7 days for css. I can't say how long javascript is going to take.
Haven't heard much about stack overflow. I've heard someone mention git also. I'll need to familiarise myself with these platforms.
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Eggovic: 10:50am On Aug 14
francisgodstime:
Hello guys, am a political science graduate nd all i know abt computer is just d basic stuff, but i would like to learn about programming. Anyone with an idea on how i can go about it, any institution i can attend nd what d cost.
Okay
I like this
However, the first question is why do you want to go into programming?
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Mazugore365: 6:37pm On Aug 14
One of the most popular programming languages is C ++.
But I advise you to start with Python just to figure out what and how it works.
Well, plus decide where you want to work, because different areas mean a different programming language smiley
Read, apply, study smiley
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Fashola4421: 10:44am On Aug 17
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