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#1 Alcamech


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:10 PM

Ive been studying programming for quite some time now , being self-taught through resources and books . Ive been studying off and on in codeacademy , a python programming book and another book for C++ . As well as a little Javascript. But I would like to know if there is any tips or advice anyone could give me for learning programming , keeping in mind im basically still a newbie to this . Ive got to know basic stuff like strings , characters , true and false values , variables , if and then statements . The pretty easy fundamental stuff for programming . Any suggestions to help me become a better programmer , or learn faster .
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:39 PM

Pick an interesting project and learn while developing it. Always works with me. :)
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:09 PM

Analyze the problem before start coding
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:16 AM

Choose a project you know you can do, and get to work. It will turn out there's something in it you don't yet understand, and you'll have to learn it to finish the project.

Sticking with one language until you have the hang of it may help you more than jumping around between different ones as well :)
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:48 AM

In coding, experience is something that makes the programmer, the more you do the more you learn and the more you know.
I think you need to get yourself a small project, something you would like to do, and then start the coding cycle, investigating the solution-investigating the how to code it-try and error-done. that is how you make your first steps, putting your fingers to work is essential cause it gives you confidence, once you have learned to avoid the common mistakes by experience you will be able to endeavor into bigger projects, coding is a lot about general knowledge, i mean, web, core, coding, protocols, design, etc, you need to start owning the basics of all of them by messing up some code of your own ;)
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:05 PM

What's working for me (and take it with a grain of salt, since I'm a newbie myself) is this: When I was starting out with python, whenever I would come across something I didn't understand, I would research it and try to understand it. If after that I still didn't understand it, I moved on. After working with something more complex that also utilized what I didn't understand earlier, it somehow allowed me to view the bigger picture and understand things better.

Some have a view that you should understand things you've come across before you proceed; however, I like to continue moving, because the things I don't understand now, will look incredibly easy and basic once I see how they work with everything else.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:32 PM

Thank you all for the suggestions , I will definitely begin to start a small project and learn while doing so .
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:52 AM

I suggest you pick up a good book on object oriented programming (OOP), as that's a really important area these days. Also, it's great to practice algorithmic problems. Just look up your national computer science competitions, and start doing one problem a day. You can switch languages too. You should also look into the basic algorithms that people use to get things done, along with some patterns that you will see used in projects.
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