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Where do I start to learn how to program?

#1StormKMDPosted 12/8/2013 10:05:18 PM
Hi there,

I'm a senior in highschool, and I would like to explore programming. However, I'm not sure where to start. I honestly have zero experience, and want to start from the very beginning. What tools do I need and what should be the first thing I do?

Thank you.
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#2TimePharaohPosted 12/8/2013 10:07:47 PM
Step 1: Open a program



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#3steveboblarryPosted 12/8/2013 10:08:21 PM
^bad timepharaoh
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#4Nineteen99Posted 12/8/2013 10:08:41 PM
Well, first you have to choose a language to start with. I started with C/C++, but Java is a good language to start with, too. Tutorials can be found here: http://www.cprogramming.com/

I recommend Eclipse as a Java IDE/compiler (download links are on the right side of the page). http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-standard-431/keplersr1
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#5YombieePosted 12/8/2013 10:09:54 PM
print "Hello World!";


Choose a language then look up tutorials.
#6arleasPosted 12/8/2013 10:10:48 PM
http://www.codecademy.com/

Try that....
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#7StormKMD(Topic Creator)Posted 12/8/2013 10:15:20 PM
Nineteen99 posted...
Well, first you have to choose a language to start with. I started with C/C++, but Java is a good language to start with, too. Tutorials can be found here: http://www.cprogramming.com/

I recommend Eclipse as a Java IDE/compiler (download links are on the right side of the page). http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-standard-431/keplersr1


Ah, thanks 19. I think I'll start with Java, I have a friend who knows some. Anyways, what is a compiler exactly and what does it do?
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#8The cranky hermitPosted 12/8/2013 10:21:21 PM
A compiler turns the code you wrote into a program. Usually this is an exe file, though Java is a big exception.

An IDE is a tool that makes it easier to write, debug, and compile code.
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#9blax34dmPosted 12/8/2013 10:21:42 PM
StormKMD posted...
Nineteen99 posted...
Well, first you have to choose a language to start with. I started with C/C++, but Java is a good language to start with, too. Tutorials can be found here: http://www.cprogramming.com/

I recommend Eclipse as a Java IDE/compiler (download links are on the right side of the page). http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-standard-431/keplersr1


Ah, thanks 19. I think I'll start with Java, I have a friend who knows some. Anyways, what is a compiler exactly and what does it do?


I think you really gotta read/watch a lot of stuff to have your questions answered. This is an awesome resource: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-00sc-introduction-to-computer-science-and-programming-spring-2011/
#10crazyray47Posted 12/8/2013 10:23:07 PM
Nineteen99 posted...
Well, first you have to choose a language to start with. I started with C/C++, but Java is a good language to start with, too. Tutorials can be found here: http://www.cprogramming.com/

I recommend Eclipse as a Java IDE/compiler (download links are on the right side of the page). http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-standard-431/keplersr1


Any good free C of C++?