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Does anybody know of something akin to the "Idiots Guide" to computing, or data structures,...or programming languages. I've been getting better for a long time now, but being self-taught in all I am having trouble wrapping my head around concepts that probably should have been apparent much earlier. I know it's all connected to a certain extent and I know that even the best programmer's in the world still feel like their often lost in a maze, but I was just thought someone would have some insight. And, believe me, I've been all over the net, read all the manuals, etc.; I was just wondering if their were some coveted and mystical piece of knowledge that will make me a whiz in about an hour or two. Many thanks for any responses.
It depends on what exactly you want; I have a fantastic book next to me called Linux kernel Development by Robert Love, but I wouldn't reccommend it for Data Structures. I'd reccommend Dive Into Python for learning a good chunk of python over the course of a weekend, but would that explain how byte-compiling works? No.
The problem with 'Learning Programming' or other huge tasks is that there are no guides, nor can you *really* learn how to become a good one, you either think like a programmer or you can't; which is why after a while learning new languages and concepts is a lot easier than learning your first language.
Perhaps you ought to ask us about particular things you're having trouble with, or at least you ought to ask in the Programmin Forum.
You need to pick specific topics and research them, one at a time. There's no 'overall' guide, as that would be enormous.
Wikipedia is a good place to start, especially for general concepts.
You can use those articles as starting points, then research any references/concepts from there.