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How did you learn to code?

StevenF50

StevenF50

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Books have greatly helped me and languages do no change that fast. They're better than trawling through google all day.
 
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Darthmaul

New Member
Books have greatly helped me and languages do no change that fast. They're better than trawling through google all day.
Ehh, I guess, but soon they become outdated and a huge waste of paper. Better to read an e-book or something that can be updated easier :)
 
BigBigFan

BigBigFan

Member
I taught myself. I started out in the 1980's with a VIC20 and never stopped enjoying writing code for fun. In the late 90's I was asked to create an application over the company intranet in Lotus and that was a hit which propelled me into other languages. I've created applications from scratch in most major coding languages and I've mastered how to optimize content and make it work efficiently with databases and such, it's been a terrific achievement for me and I'm 100% self taught.
 
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Zerth

New Member
I looked at a few tutorial sites. But then it got really boring, so I decided to download a free website template, change a few things, then eventually I learned a bit more about coding.
 
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tommymaczoidberg

New Member
I first learned BASIC in 7th grade on an Apple II. I was terrible at it. I thought that if you ever had a program that didn't run correctly, you had to retype the whole thing rather than just re typing the line were the error was. Needless to say, I did not finish any programs early on and struggled during the last few weeks of the class to get all of the work done once I realized how to correct errors in a program. At the very least, it taught me the concept of structure. From there, I went on to Pascal in high school and then on to Cobol and C++ in college and Web languages as a hobby while I was still in college.
 
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iPhonefreak

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I have been using code academy, but I am switching to W3C schools. W3C Schools is much better, IMO.
 
wasape

wasape

New Member
I got my programing basics form high school computer science courses. The languages they taught us with are Turing and Java. After that I learn more advanced stuff in University. Basically there they teach us more theory wise stuff such as encryption, mutli-threading, and other languages C, C++, Python etc..

Recently I just learned C# and objective-c during work by reading online guides and trial and error with the code.
I guess the best way is to learn the basics from some sort of course and then you can learn any languages by yourself by researching/reading online documents. =)
 
asniex

asniex

New Member
I started learning by watching tutorials on Youtube and other sites. I have learnt C++ from Ebooks. If I needed help , I would ask my doubts in related forums.
 
TheDerpMan

TheDerpMan

Member
TheNewBoston.

TheNewBoston on youtube is amazing. I used his videos for Java, and then after I finished then, I continued to learn Java through forums, and simply browsing source code and the Java API.

Youtube is an amazing resource for learning anything. Video tutorials are very easy to find and usually very informative. The best thing though? Everything is free. You can learn anything you want to for free. I've picked up a few programming languages from watching youtube tutorials and then exploring on my own.
 
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socialistkoala

New Member
I started with PHP tutorials from lynda just to get a basic idea about it. Later i just went and did as many tutorials as possible to broaden my knowledge. There is a huge amount of high quality tutorials on nettuts+ and other websites for most languages and frameworks. Also : Youtube :)
 
OniBlackMage

OniBlackMage

New Member
My personal journey was I started back in middle school with a programmable calculator, then the school offered programming courses in Visual Basic and Java, so I took those. I explored online and practiced a bunch on my own since it was a lot of fun. Then, in High School, it was HTML, Java, and Perl that was being taught, so I took those and decided I wanted to go into computers for a living. So I applied to Georgia Tech, got accepted, and majored in Computer Science, burning the candles on many nights for the torturous stream of programming projects with bad teammates in a few new languages (w3schools was a very handy websites for practice and tutorials). Then I did post-graduate work in IT while I took a job at a company to be a database engineer, where I pretty much had to self teach myself a lot of webmastering, scripting, networking and database languages and scripts.

I can say like learning any language, computer or cultural, its a labor of love, practice, and consistency.
 
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protoboard

Member
I took a programming course on college but the truth is I didn't learn anything from it. I learned programming by reading many tutorials and books. The Internet has all the information we need to learn anything and programming isn't the exception.
 
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CavaloBranco

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Reading books, but mainly by searching stackoverflow. Of course i learned by doing some messy codes(my first was a mom joke generator. I don't know if i should be proud or not )
 
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