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Where to Learn Scripting, Programming or Design?

Discussion in 'General Scripting Chat' started by Emmett, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Emmett

    Emmett Junior Member

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    The title pretty much says it all.

    I'm trying to learn and get into one of these trades, although I'm not exactly sure which or where to start. :eek:

    Any suggestions on which would be better to learn? I am trying to learn since I'm young and a pretty quick learner, but I want it to be helpful to myself and others.
    Then, where could I start to begin learning these?

    Any help appreciated, thanks!
     
  2. Zapdos

    Zapdos Power Member

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    For PHP, C#, Java etc... the best place to learn is on the internet. Not trying to be sarcastic at all, but there is no place where you will learn from A-Z. The best way to learn is to experiment. Create a goal like 'I want to build a calculator' or 'I want to build a login system'. Then go and do it. Once you do, refine it and keep doing so until you think you got everything working. By the time your finished, you should know some places that have a section for posting code reviews. Post it and see what people suggest and absorb all the info and try to discern what is useful and what is not.
    Keep the php site handy as you'll need that for reference. Also to get started you will want to look at w3schools and tizag as they have they very basics there. To setup a PHP environment I would suggest installing WAMP or XAMPP (google any names I give, I'm always blocked from posting urls)

    For design, you'll need to at the very least learn photoshop. If you want to create icons, then illustrator is needed. For where to learn you could start with webdesignersblog , smashingmagazine , smashingwall , vandelaydesign . If you want tutorials and not tips, then you can try tutorialized .
     
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  3. integratedunits

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    For Design go to Garry Simons and for PHP/MySql VTC provides the best training ;)
     
  4. losille

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    If you don't want to do it on your own take some classes. My son is enrolled in Full Sale University. You can go online and get a BA degree in less than 4 years. They have excellent financing.
     
  5. Georgi

    Georgi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Last week I found site called udemy .. there's many lessons ..
     
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    you sound just like their commercials
     
  7. SEOWhizz

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    I'd recommend w3 schools + other online tutorials and build something simple.

    For example, start with a website a use can enter and display account information, then progress to storing that data in an SQL database and allowing the user to search for data, etc.

    HTH.
     
  8. Emmett

    Emmett Junior Member

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    Thanks for this solid reply. I'll follow some of you're tips, although like I'm gonna mention below, I'm in high school and I really can't take any classes or anything like that. I want to learn or teach myself using online resources.

    The thing is, I'm in high school. I can't really enroll in another class or something like that. Which is why I kinda of meant a place to start learning on the internet. I kinda wanna it to be a side thing I'm learning bit by bit daily, 'til I'm decent at it or can use it well.
    Thanks for the suggestions too though :)
     
  9. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I learned programming by doing the thing Zapdos mentioned. I decided it would be cool for me to create a specific program, broke it into pieces and tried to create each piece by reading as much as I could and coding. There was no internet back then, now there 's so much information easily available. You cannot fail to do it, as long as you want to.
     
  10. theMHR

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    I myself learn PHP, HTML, CSS, AJAX, Javascript and Jquery from w3schools.

    Its the best place but now wandering around to find good place for C#
     
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  11. EdgarFoX

    EdgarFoX Newbie

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    w3schools doesnt have enought of infomation for normal webdev. I'd offer nettuts, perfect tutorial videos.
     
  12. sockpuppet

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    about w3schools
    this site is really hated in the javascript/(web)-dev community. i'm talking about the pros, these guys read the ECMAScript reference, they go to jsconf and are developing the frameworks used by us noobs.
    because there are errors in w3s' content, look at w3fools. it wouldn't be such a big problem would w3s not be #1 in nearly every javascript related search. there is a campaign (called promotejs) to outrank w3s with dev mozilla ,i think even ejohn had this banner in his blog. but it is not that successful so far.

    w3s maybe a good starting point for absolute beginners to get an overview, but as reference you should use developer mozilla
    and yeah w3s should do some SEO stuff, they are definitely good at that
     
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    Ok here is the deal man,it all depends on what you wana do and how you wana do it.

    In case you need slowish,not multi-threaded and small scripts and at the same time learn web programming then PHP is the choice,but I would not recomand it to anyone ever because there is so much to learn but so little to get out of your knowledge


    Next suggestion is way more powerful that will provide you with hardcore scripting capabilities and very very good multi threading support along with very big community from witch you will be able to learn.This is Python it provides power,but if you want to do video rendering,3D graphics etc etc then you should not pick Python,but if you wana do general programming tasks such as but not limited to game programming,web programing,scripting then Python is the choice.There are several books that can get you into Python fairly quickly,one of my recomandations(if you do not have programming expirience) is to go with book called "Head First Programming",since this is blackhat I will tell you that you can freely obtain it on piratebay or bitsnoop.



    Next language I would recomand is Java.Java is pretty much Python,but with like 8x the speed reason being that python is interpreted language.Java can do pretty much anything but still video rendering and 3D graphics should be left to C++.Java is pretty easy to learn and again my recomandation would be either "Thinking in Java" or "Head First Java",but you should know some basic stuff about programing such as what are variables,what are loops,control flow statments etc.
     
  15. Dally180

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    Learn VB.NET if you are beginning, its a great, fully featered language.

    Here are some free tutorials:
    http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk
    http://www.thenewboston.com
     
  16. Quintessence

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    To have a full detailed lessons about Computer Science you can go here:

    Code:
    Search: DevelopPHP on Google.
     
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    Awesome, that's where I study too. Good place.