I'd like some insight as to what path is normally followed while learning programming. Using python as an example, I was looking around for some solid books to learn from and I came up with the following categories.
General language books - basics of programming/python language
Intermediate books - intermediate language/real world programming concepts/larger projects
Specialized books - GUI/web/network/Game programming using python
Mathematics - Mathematical programming
Algorithm/Data Structures - Algorithm and data structure programming
Reference - Complete language reference
I'm sure I could just go from language books to intermediate and then do whatever I feel like, but I tend to thrive on structure so I would like some core themes to follow as I learn programming. With subjects like programming there doesn't seem to be any standard progression to follow. I tend to get overwhelmed because I have no idea what programming can do or how to do them, all I've learned thus far are languages and basic programming concepts. I have a hard time understanding how I can go from basic programming to writing my very own program. What exactly are the next steps?
Progression examples followed by book recommendations for those examples would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by Viz12, 06 January 2013 - 05:06 PM.