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C# or JAVA are good starting points. Ones you know how to program in one lang its pretty easy to learn others. I personally don't know C# that well but I have programmed JAVA for some years now and can say that there is an unlimited amount of tutorials for you to learn from. So to get started download eclipse (its a development environment) and google some basic java tutorials and not long after you have probably made your very own "Hello world" program
    
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Start with python
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I'm learning C++ right now but I'd look into C#. That's what a lot of companies use now instead of C++. Also, Cobol wouldn't be a bad thing to know either. Yes, it's old but I've listened to a few programmers from various companies talk how they still use it today because it works and converting everything over to another language would cost a lot of time and money.
    
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C really isn't obsolete its still pretty widely used but its generally geared towards a lower level than a lot of people see. Its still used a lot for OS programming etc.

As for learning to program in C++ I have used code blocks http://www.codeblocks.org/ to program in its pretty good. And for a tutorial http://www.cplusplus.com/doc/tutorial/ looks good. This book is a good C Programming book poor dennis ritchie C Programming Language

C is used in allot of places where abstraction can cause problems. C is widely used in embedded and in low level interface where custom data structures are need, drivers etc.
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So to get started download eclipse
Does none of you guys use NetBeans? I find it one bit better than Eclipse (although I can't stand either of them after 1 year with VS2010)
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I'm learning C++ right now but I'd look into C#. That's what a lot of companies use now instead of C++. Also, Cobol wouldn't be a bad thing to know either. Yes, it's old but I've listened to a few programmers from various companies talk how they still use it today because it works and converting everything over to another language would cost a lot of time and money.
Depends on the company. If we're talking about video game companies then almost all of them still use C++. That's pretty much the industrial language even today.

I do agree with looking into C# though. I remember when I was making GUIs how easy it was compared to using Java! It really helps forge the OOP concept down to a new programmer.

Cobol is pretty much still used in business, but I'd much rather call it a "relatively-niche" thing since for most programming jobs you're going to apply for, it's not going to require that knowledge. (to add further, it also depends on the company. a lot of companies relied on this infrastructure long ago and still use it today)

In reality nowdays knowing C++/Java is still a big deal. The great thing about picking up those languages is that it helps a lot when you need to pick up other languages (especially higher-level ones). As you learn lower-level languages, you're just pretty much adding more knowledge to your arsenal when it comes to manipulating hardware.


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Does none of you guys use NetBeans? I find it one bit better than Eclipse (although I can't stand either of them after 1 year with VS2010)
I used netbeans for awhile and actually liked it. I remember making some beans to control back-end java services and it was really really easy to use.


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C is used in allot of places where abstraction can cause problems. C is widely used in embedded and in low level interface where custom data structures are need, drivers etc.
Yup. It pretty much pops its head if you do most hardware work. If you will be working with Microcontrollers (even basic ones like an Atmel AVR) you will use some sort of C variant. If you want to learn about operating system design, you will need to learn to read C (such as linux). Writing compilers can be done many ways, but the fastest would obviously be via C.
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post #17 of 33
I'm learning C++ right now as well, but I've tried out Java and Python too.

You see a lot of existing and experienced programmers using C still, and I attribute that to simply them being most comfortable with it. C++ is really fun, but challenging, to learn. Java was really good at getting the whole object oriented programming idea into my head, and that has really helped with C++.

It sounds like C# is the recommended starting place from those that have tried it, however.

My piece of advice: Keep at it. Seriously. It is so easy to get bored after a few weeks, particularly since you have to learn the really dry stuff before you can do the cool stuff.
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Harvard as an online learning course on Python on youtube (video of lectures) that you might find beneficial.

I tried watching them to go beyond my HTML coding ( noob I know ) but I don't have the time to learn something like that now, unfortunately.
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post #19 of 33
Learn Python! It's an excellent language to start out with lots of flexibility and utility. The error messages tend to be less cryptic than others as well.
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you can try html or alice.
I actually started with alice, its a fun interactive way to start learning prog concepts

http://www.alice.org/

Then i went on to JAVA, OO JAVA and GUI desgin and implmentation with MVC desgn pattern Application Prog. Now im starting C++ nextyear

Web prog using HTML, CSS and javascript or other scripting languages is a good place to start. Then web apps using PHP and move on to asp.net and C# or VB
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