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Best Way To learn?

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by Given, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Given

    Given Regular Member

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    I've been wanting to learn how to code in various languages (java, c, php, etc...) and was wondering what you guys this is the best way to learn. Is there some sort of course that is really kickass or do you just suggest buy a few books and learn it yourself?
     
  2. Venture

    Venture Regular Member

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    you dont need to buy any books to learn how to program.

    use Google. there are hundreds of source code help sites/forums/videos. out there. Using Google and Youtube you should be able to learn anything you need.

    trial & error. I would suggest you start off learning HTML and php.
     
  3. _l0ph0nis_

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    first of all you should know what your goals are. There's a huge difference in the languages you mentioned above. The best is by trial&error as said before.
     
  4. bbrez1

    bbrez1 Power Member

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    Just start learning any kind of programming language (like php, c, c++, java, c#) they are all similar, almost the same so it won't be hard to learn the differences between them when you master one. Just use google, don't buy anything and start with the basics (variables, conditions, etc.), it's not that hard but you will need to put in a lot of work.
     
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    start doing projects. utilizing one language at a time. they can be complex seeming projects, it's not much help making really simple stuff. but just stick to the project, and learn everything as you go for that particular project. the best way is hands on. not picking up a book.
     
  6. zerodtk

    zerodtk Regular Member

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    lophonis is right! first, think about what you really want. do some basics in html and php, but don't try to go hardcore in your first few days..
     
  7. Given

    Given Regular Member

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    I have a good grasp of html and css but thats it. I really wanna learn php so I guess Ill start with that :)
     
  8. youssef93

    youssef93 Senior Member

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    Tizag is awesome for php/mysql/js/css. What I did was pick up the basics and start projects for my IM need and learn on the way with help from forums like phpfreaks. At the same time I'm coding a project that would help me with my IM ventures not just for learning purposes. That way it's more likely that you'll stick to it till you're done.
     
  9. tacopalypse

    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    the way i learn new languages is, instead of trying to write programs from scratch, i'll look up examples that other people have written which are similar to what i need to be done.

    then i'll tweak their code to fit what i need it to do. i find it to be much easier to just look at how someone else did something, and then modify it, rather than trying to write the whole thing from scratch when i don't know the language at all.

    and i find that looking at many examples of well-written code helps me learn the language a lot faster as well. basically just try to understand the purpose of every piece of code and why it was put there and written that way, and how it fits into the entire program as a whole.

    php is pretty simple tho. i think it's a great first language to start with. ;)
    lots of great documentation at www.php.net
     
  10. marquist

    marquist Newbie

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    I would suggest actually trying to write programs instead of reading a book cover to cover. The first 7 chapters of every programming book are the same tedious regurgitation of exactly how a 'for' loop works, that will just not sink in unless they're seen and used in context. Get your hands dirty, I say.
     
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    namepimp Regular Member Premium Member

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    i learned php perfectly in learnphp-tutorial com
     
  12. atomic999

    atomic999 Newbie

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    Read documentation. If you want to learn programming language then You have some idea for application, right? So think about functionality then query google, f.e. you need to save file and You write in PHP, query will look like "php write to file" or sth similar. For PHP best source of info is manual, for .NET languages MSDN. Good luck :)
     
  13. BinaryGenius

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    Start with online tutorials actually doing the work. then start a few projects of you own.
     
  14. goingreen

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    one question at a time. use google and use bhw. if you can ask questions and search, youll get your answer - of think of a better way to solve your problem by redefining it

    Ask better questions. Get better answers
     
  15. RiskyShift

    RiskyShift Newbie

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    To be honest if you want to be a good programmer I would say don't learn PHP as your first language. Most PHP code and tutorials are very badly written and you will pick up a lot of bad habits if you learn using them. Most PHP programmers are not good programmers and the PHP community kind of self-propagates bad programming.
     
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    w3schools,tutorials,etc ;)
     
  17. blacksticks

    blacksticks Newbie

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    Download all the books! get em from warez-bb and you need a rapidshare account/hotfile account or fileserve/megashare account.

    Search the PDF section for Ebooks on C/C++/Java/Perl/PHP/ASP/Jscript&Ajax/blahblah blahhhhhh - THE TUBES HAS IT ALL!
     
  18. ticbra

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    You must to FAIL first to GET SUCCESS!
     
  19. omgamandaa

    omgamandaa Registered Member

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    Learn the basics, practice, learn as you grow. Youll get the hang of it!
     
  20. sheppardzwc

    sheppardzwc Newbie

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    Self-teaching is what I've normally done. Learned PHP, C, Java, and *shudder* VB that way.