With today’s rapid pace of technological advances it is becoming more and more important to understand computers beyond typing letters in Word and playing Solitaire instead of working. But where does a complete stranger to programming start?
Programming in the Past
When I started to program I visited the library and started in a language called BASIC. I wrote simple programs that took text as input and spitted out more text as output. It was easy to get started and the more I learned the more I could do. I moved on to Pascal (programming language) and then got more serious with C++, Java and eventually started loving Ruby. In between I learnt languages that interest me and every language influences the way I think as a developer and makes it easier to learn another language.
Programming in the present
10 years ago BASIC was a good place to start to learn how to code but time has moved on and we have a plethora of new exciting languages and tools to teach us how to program. Just take a look at your nearest Google result page (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=learn+to+code). Sites like http://www.codecademy.com, http://Code.org and https:// www.khanacademy.org/ are all big efforts to make learning to code easy.
Today I wouldn’t recommend learning BASIC for a starter language, as it is not as accessible as it used to be and we don’t live in a world of DOS anymore. We live in a world of Windows, Mac and if you’re hardcore enough, Linux. We live in a world where we’re always close to an Internet connection. So what is the best language to learn to code in 2013?
Start to code now – learn programming
BY: SOFTWARE DEVELOPER AT INFOWARE STUDIOS