Best way to start learning programming (non-classroom)

CarboTrap

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I am on 12th grade and college is around the corner and I want to start familiarizing myself with programming. I want to start learning how to do it and I know there are a couple of books but I don't know witch language to choose first so I wanted you guys to help me and tell me the best way to go for a rookie.
 

Powerbolt

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I would suggest trying out on an easy, and laid back, web programming language. I would suggest PHP, or Javascript, as they're both very good starting points (in my opinion). The language is very laid back, and it should be fairly easy to pick up basic programming concepts. They'll set you up nicely to break into a stricter language like C#, or Java.

Take a look at XAMPP. It'll give you a very nice local environment for easy testing, and execution, of your PHP/Javascript snippets.

http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

Along with that, W3Schools have a lot of great tutorials, and documentation, on everything web based.

http://www.W3Schools.com
 

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Start with Visual BASIC, and then move on to C
 

UltraFireFX

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Don't start with Java, I did and it is hard to learn, and a slow language which is being phased out slowly, what I would recommend you do is learn PHP (or Python) first, then learn C++, a great site to learn these off is w3schools.com. (http://www.w3schools.in/cplusplus/intro/ and http://www.w3schools.in/category/php/)
Remember, you can learn Java if you want to but I found PHP had more in common with C++
 

Dat_Robot

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By the way, Java is way more easier than C++, and if you want to learn an easy language before C++ you should try the C as the C++ is based on it.
 

UltraFireFX

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Did you seriously just say 'is way more easier'?

I find Java to be practically useless now, as does most companies, the only thing I can think of that still uses Java is Minecraft and a few old webservers.

Java IS easier but it's harder to setup than other alternatives.

C/C#/C++ is a must to learn.
 

Pinhedd

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There is still an immense amount of business logic written in Java. That's one industry where the portability really shines.

Starting with BASIC and C is what I recommend. The C standard library is very compact and easy to learn.
 

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LOTS of programs are wrtten in JAVA for compatiblity on different platforms if you say that JAVA is useless just check one of the popular game out here (Minecraft) and IT IS WRITTEN IN JAVA.
 

Pinhedd

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Indeed.

It's estimated that over two thirds of all active program code in the world is written in COBOL, and that COBOL still accounts for around 20% of all new code written (mostly maintaining existing COBOL codebases).

Most of the Java and COBOL programs in use are bespoke, not generic software that can be purchased on a shelf.
 
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