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Old 01-12-2004, 04:57 PM   #1
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Exclamation want to learn programming but not sure where to start

I'm a newbie to linux and i only know mostly basic and a small amount of C++ i still want to really get into programming, i'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to where i should start and with what programs! thanx guys!
Old 01-12-2004, 05:39 PM   #2
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The way I learned was I installed an opensource application (in my case it was TinyMUSE) and dinked with it, making small changes to the code. When I'd get stuck I asked people how to do specific things and just slowly went on learning that way.

Creating a blackjack (or some other) card game seems to be a popular way to learn too A text-based Battleship game is kind of fun too.
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I would personally skip over basic, because you would soon out grow it. If you have your heart set on something like basic, try shell program. Learn to command the shell is a skill that you will find most helpful in linux. I would go for C++, you will be programing in a console for quite awhile, but it creates a good foundation for you. I would reconmend the book "Sam's teach yourself C++ in 10 minutes" it is a good book to get your feet wet, and it isn't to pricey. It just tells you what you need to know. It of course take more than 10 minutes to get though the book, but is a good starting tutorial. if you have any other questions you can AIM me at calble2003

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I can suggest you to write a calculator since you can make it in text mod. First do it simple like enter first number, enter second number, enter operation. Then you can add many, many functionnalities such as expression parsing (calculating 2*(5+6)+cos(19) ) and then add a gui.

To learn I'll suggest you to make this kind of project that can grow andd be more and more complicated. I think it's the best way.

If you want to take an open source project take a really tiny one and it must also be well documented. Check this before beginning.

Good luck.
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try ruby as a programming language.


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