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Posted 30 December 1999 - 01:39 PM
Posted 29 November 1999 - 10:21 AM
Posted 29 November 1999 - 10:28 AM
Yes: Most of the concepts you learn in the beginning are the same regardless of the language. Today's modern OO languages are not *vastly* different from each other.
No: Don't expect VB to be 10x easier. Learning to program is difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating, and there is no magic bullet. You may find that VB is just as hard, or harder, than C/C++, or more likely, that it shields you from the exact stuff you're trying to learn.
The important things are to not give up, stick with one language, set small goals, and make sure you truly understand a chapter before moving to the next one. Also, having a more experienced programmer around who can look at your work and give you tips is very helpful.
Posted 29 November 1999 - 12:36 PM
I myself just started learning C++ and Direct X, though I have played around withC++ for a while, I'm starting to really tackle it a bit more energetically, and I'm finding it pretty straightforward - but that's mostly due to understanding Windows API and OO programming in general. Those are probably the most challenging concept for any beginning programmer to get.
Posted 29 November 1999 - 01:10 PM
Posted 11 December 1999 - 05:30 PM
[This message has been edited by Ranok (edited December 11, 1999).]
Posted 12 December 1999 - 04:51 AM
Posted 27 December 1999 - 02:03 AM
If you don't understand C++ start /w C (which doesn't use OO), but be warned C i not considerably simpler than C++. If you want something really easy, start /w Pascal, although Pascal is very old and hardly any (if any at all) serious programs are written in Pascal nowadays.
A good way to learn (if you know a little about programming) is reading the docs and helpfiles of your compiler and trying to figure out, what the commands mean and do.
If you have no idea about any form of programming look for tutored courses offered by companys all over the world!
This won't be cheap, but if you're really interested it's worth its money!
Posted 27 December 1999 - 02:12 AM
Posted 27 December 1999 - 02:20 AM
Posted 30 December 1999 - 01:39 PM
If all you want is to write a few cool, mildy ambitious programs, then you might be best off just plunging into C++, perhaps after a primer lesson in C. This will allow you to focus on what you want to do, as opposed to forcing you to worry about tying up all the loose ends.
If you are really serious about learning how to program, then it becomes a question of how much you are willing to spend. You will probably have to part with a few dollars for books and/or courses, but most importantly you will have to invest time. If you want to master the Object Oriented paradigm, a cleaner, quicker route (believe it or not) would be to learn Java. Java is an elegant, structured language built on the OO paradigm. True, it is under-powered and not well suited for any real-life application, but it will teach you good OO programming habits. Then move to C++, a language whose power and flexibility provide you will industrial strength abilities and, unfortunately, the means to violate the OO paradigm in every way possible (C++ is so general that it allows you to program in an OO style, but doesn't force it).
The best book to learn C is "The C Programming Language" by Kernighan and Ritchie. For Java, consult the book(s) by Gosling. For C++, avoid using the book by Stroustrup in conjunction will Visual C++. It can be argued that they represent two different languages (the book covers the ANSI/ISO C++ Standard).
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