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#1 Giant9

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:35 PM

I am completely new to programming (like god knows how many others here) have been lurking this site a few days, and it looks really useful. Can anyone help me with picking up a programming language? What is the best way (or at least a few good ways) to start? I want something that will be useful long-term instead of just something I can pick up very easily/quickly, although if that is a necessary step along the way, I'm willing to do it that way.

Also, I'd like to compile a simple comparative list of languages, for my own use and for others. The ones I know exist are:
C++
Python
VB
Java

This can't be comprehensive, so could you guys give me some help? Appreciated.

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:41 PM

Hello Giant9 and welcome,

You are correct there are many programming languages http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programming_languages will give some indication of how vast the area is.

I would recommend an object orientated language see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_progr...based_languages

Java would be the best choice in my opinion; it can run on any platform and be can be picked up fairly easily.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:11 PM

There is a somewhat lengthly thread about this subject that you might want to read, as it may give you some different veiwpoints:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/146068/where-to-start/

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#4 Giant9

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 02:10 AM

Thanks for the advice niggle and John. I've asked a friend, who also suggested Java, but thought Python is better to learn. What are the merits of Python or Java relative to each other?
@John: Haha, I read that thread beforehand, and even bookmarked the page "How to learn programming in ten years." One of the most down to earth explanations of how to program I've read. Thank you for reaffirming my confidence in it.

Cheers,
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#5 nigglesnush85

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 06:24 AM

I prefer Java, I'm starting to learn Python, http://www.ferg.org/projects/python_java_side-by-side.html is a good comparison chart.
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Posted 13 July 2008 - 12:26 PM

Thanks Niggle for that excellent link. As a novice programmer thinking of learning Java in the near future, I have found it very interesting.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 12:30 PM

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Sorry, double post!

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 01:40 PM

No problem, glad to help. Java is a great language to learn, If you need any help just ask.
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