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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by ciphoenix(m): 9:29pm On Feb 07, 2013
thiisme: Pls guys, I need your help. I wanna start to learn c++ but the IDEs i downloaded are not working(compiling).
Eclipse says: launch failed, no binaries found.
Netbeans7.1 says: no gcc . . . compiler found.
you can also get visual studio
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by thiisme: 6:20pm On Feb 08, 2013
Ok! I will try Visual stusio
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Nobody: 1:23pm On Feb 10, 2013
Nice work here..im done with html,css and javascript..so what do i do next?is it php,ruby or python?pls giv reasons as well.thank you
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Chiefupper: 7:22pm On Feb 10, 2013
Javanian:

Well, if what you are talking about is declaring a variable, variable names can change so it could be 'count', 'cout' 'co' or even 'c'

If you want to practice you would need an IDE/text editor and compiler...I'm sure the c++ guys here can help out....

Also, if possible use those youtube videos, you would learn faster from them...
how and wia cn I download IDE or text editor and compiler?
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by WhiZTiM(m): 11:21pm On Feb 10, 2013
'cout' shouldn't be used as a variable name! It's a standard output stream object!

Even if u aren't using iostream objects... Try to avoid using its classes for identifiers(variable names)!
...

You can get a friendly and useable IDE at codeblocks.org
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by netesy(m): 9:27am On Feb 11, 2013
Learning C++ by watching videos is bad. first read an ebook or textbook and start giving yourself small simple projects to work . You will have a better understanding of the language this way

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by lordZOUGA(m): 9:33am On Feb 11, 2013
netesy: Learning C++ by watching videos is bad. first read an ebook or textbook and start giving yourself small simple projects to work . You will have a better understanding of the language this way
an applause for this

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Javanian: 9:42am On Feb 11, 2013
netesy: Learning C++ by watching videos is bad. first read an ebook or textbook and start giving yourself small simple projects to work . You will have a better understanding of the language this way

lordZOUGA:
an applause for this

I'm sure both of you learnt programming in school, probably through computer science...i stand to be corrected...

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by netesy(m): 10:03am On Feb 11, 2013
I am learning c++ at home and waiting to get admission
ps my tutor was bittorent and 4shared where i got all my books
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Javanian: 10:07am On Feb 11, 2013
netesy: I am learning c++ at home and waiting to get admission

Good, but you had someone to guide you when you started?? Wrong??

That doesn't mean i am against what you said, you are always better of learning with ebooks but......
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by lordZOUGA(m): 10:31am On Feb 11, 2013
Javanian:



I'm sure both of you learnt programming in school, probably through computer science...i stand to be corrected...
No, I taught myself whatever it is I know about programming or the ICT field.
I read books. nobody tutored me. I have never even met an actual software developer before. most of my contact with developers have been virtually(online).

but this is a matter of how best an individual can learn using a certain medium.

studying programming by reading is always better considering that most of your life as a programmer, you will be looking at written text and sifting through documentations.
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by netesy(m): 10:43am On Feb 11, 2013
lordZOUGA:
No, I taught myself whatever it is I know about programming or the ICT field.
I read books. nobody tutored me. I have never even met an actual software developer before. most of my contact with developers have been virtually(online).

but this is a matter of how best an individual can learn using a certain medium.

studying programming by reading is always better considering that most of your life as a programmer, you will be looking at written text and sifting through documentations.
same as me but with lordZOUGA helping me
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Nobody: 11:10am On Feb 11, 2013
Soyedele1: Nice work here..im done with html,css and javascript..so what do i do next?is it php,ruby or python?pls giv reasons as well.thank you
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Javanian: 11:16am On Feb 11, 2013
@Soyedele1 why are you learning programming?? You want a career in it??, you want to be a freelancer?? For fun?? Or what??
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Javanian: 11:31am On Feb 11, 2013
lordZOUGA:
No, I taught myself whatever it is I know about programming or the ICT field.
I read books. nobody tutored me. I have never even met an actual software developer before. most of my contact with developers have been virtually(online).

Interesting, Am also in this category, everything i know today i learnt on my own and from people on nairaland and other forums. The only programmers i know are the ones on nairaland and few other online forums. Sometimes i really wish i can meet and work with some people here.


but this is a matter of how best an individual can learn using a certain medium.

studying programming by reading is always better considering that most of your life as a programmer, you will be looking at written text and sifting through documentations.

like i said earlier learning with ebooks are certainly better but sometimes they can get really boring. I remember when i started learning data structures and algorithms with an ebook, when i was done with insertion, bubble and selection sort, stack, queues and PQ it got really boring. I then found DS and ALGO lectures on youtube. I took the lectures for a month and somedays. I then went back to the books and it made more sense to me. Although individuals might differ, but the video tutorials really help...
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Javanian: 11:38am On Feb 11, 2013
netesy: same as me but with lordZOUGA helping me

interesting again, it may suprise you to know that am also in your shoes. Although I intend going for a degree in computer sciene, thats if it wont be a total waste of time...anyway i think i still have time...

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by lordZOUGA(m): 11:47am On Feb 11, 2013
Javanian:

Interesting, Am also in this category, everything i know today i learnt on my own and from people on nairaland and other forums. The only programmers i know are the ones on nairaland and few other online forums. Sometimes i really wish i can meet and work with some people here.



like i said earlier learning with ebooks are certainly better but sometimes they can get really boring. I remember when i started learning data structures and algorithms with an ebook, when i was done with insertion, bubble and selection sort, stack, queues and PQ it got really boring. I then found DS and ALGO lectures on youtube. I took the lectures for a month and somedays. I then went back to the books and it made more sense to me. Although individuals might differ, but the video tutorials really help..

when it gets boring. I practice till I find myself limited or I try another day.

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Javanian: 11:54am On Feb 11, 2013
lordZOUGA:
when it gets boring. I practice till I find myself limited or I try another day.

like i also said, indviduals differ...
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Nobody: 1:17pm On Feb 11, 2013
Well,its for fun but i am learning it as if i want a career in it.
Btw,my question hs nt been answered
Javanian: @Soyedele1 why are you learning programming?? You want a career in it??, you want to be a freelancer?? For fun?? Or what??
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Javanian: 3:34pm On Feb 11, 2013
Soyedele1: Well,its for fun but i am learning it as if i want a career in it.
Btw,my question hs nt been answered

learn python, it can be used for both web and desktop apps

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by WhiZTiM(m): 5:35pm On Feb 11, 2013
my learning style may be a bit odd, but . . . it works.
I learnt using a bit of books and the rest serendipitously...
I remember an inspiring moment for me the day I started, after having basic Idea of arrays, I went ahead thinking for the rest of the day and implemented a greedy bubble sort without knowing it!! After some days, I saw it in the book.! I think that boosted my morale so much that as shy as I was, I asked my 1st and ex-girl out!! (we are no more, she's bad market).
. . . . Well, back to the point. Whatever means, passion helps alot!

My learning style: for EVERY BIT I read or learn, I try to implement something much higher... NOTE, this considerably slows down learning time, but I get to know a whole bunch of technical details, 'why is this like this or that?', and ofcause brain trainning.

So, with that,... I learnt C++ alone as my PRINCIPAL LANGUAGE because my passion is Realtime and Systems programming...
I learnt Python 2yrs later when I started to deal with trivial problems and software testing.
I learnt php to make a few $$ which I join teams to develope websites...
Now, I have started Erlang... Hope to be quite good in writing realtime systems in it.. in the next 2years(no need for Rat race, C++ is my major).
... I, sign up for classes @ Coursera.
I do not have the privilege of attending, but I download lots of live video coverage of conferences and their papers inclusive!!
.. I will never go for anything less than an M. Sc Certificate in Computing.
Its a passion! I never had a menter, a tutor or a guide... But today, I am a guide to many... Its just passion...
... Well, the road is not easy! One of my learning philosophy is,
if applicable, be an i.*d.*i.*o.*t to learn. And a genius when u do not want to!

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by dulaman: 12:05am On Feb 12, 2013
Is it true nairaland was built with python?

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by ebixy(m): 5:13am On Feb 12, 2013
WhiZTiM: my learning style may be a bit odd, but . . . it works.
I learnt using a bit of books and the rest serendipitously...
I remember an inspiring moment for me the day I started, after having basic Idea of arrays, I went ahead thinking for the rest of the day and implemented a greedy bubble sort without knowing it!! After some days, I saw it in the book.! I think that boosted my morale so much that as shy as I was, I asked my 1st and ex-girl out!! (we are no more, she's bad market).
. . . . Well, back to the point. Whatever means, passion helps alot!

My learning style: for EVERY BIT I read or learn, I try to implement something much higher... NOTE, this considerably slows down learning time, but I get to know a whole bunch of technical details, 'why is this like this or that?', and ofcause brain trainning.

So, with that,... I learnt C++ alone as my PRINCIPAL LANGUAGE because my passion is Realtime and Systems programming...
I learnt Python 2yrs later when I started to deal with trivial problems and software testing.
I learnt php to make a few $$ which I join teams to develope websites...
Now, I have started Erlang... Hope to be quite good in writing realtime systems in it.. in the next 2years(no need for Rat race, C++ is my major).
... I, sign up for classes @ Coursera.
I do not have the privilege of attending, but I download lots of live video coverage of conferences and their papers inclusive!!
.. I will never go for anything less than an M. Sc Certificate in Computing.
Its a passion! I never had a menter, a tutor or a guide... But today, I am a guide to many... Its just passion...
... Well, the road is not easy! One of my learning philosophy is,
if applicable, be an i.*d.*i.*o.*t to learn. And a genius when u do not want to!
hm hm hm, i feel ur passion
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by Nobody: 9:02am On Feb 12, 2013
Javanian:

learn python, it can be used for both web and desktop apps
is there a website where i can get those ebooks on python?
Thank you
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by tuyiseun1(m): 11:39am On Feb 12, 2013
Is it possible to learn windows forms without a full understanding of d console in c#.
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by ciphoenix(m): 12:17pm On Feb 12, 2013
tuyi_seun: Is it possible to learn windows forms without a full understanding of d console in c#.
learn to walk before running undecided undecided
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by netesy(m): 1:46pm On Feb 12, 2013
just download and use the visual studio
then choose forms projects its just drag and drop
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by obioraval(m): 6:23pm On Feb 12, 2013
JAVA in the House.. though i am coming from an Embedded Systems Background. i am comfortable with embedded C but Java looks like the Way Forward... CODE CODE CODE... any owerri based member should buzz me
Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by spikesC(m): 6:48pm On Feb 12, 2013
tuyi_seun: Is it possible to learn windows forms without a full understanding of d console in c#.

I develop windows forms with VB.NET
windows forms is mostly all about drag and drop wink

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Re: I Want To Learn Programming. Which Language Should I Start With? by spikesC(m): 6:49pm On Feb 12, 2013
ciphoenix: learn to walk before running undecided undecided

like you know what walking is grin

no dey disgrace yourself abeg wink

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