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Teaching yourself to program

Postby TimShadbolt » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:07 am

I've recently been using http://www.codecademy.com and it's actually pretty bloody excellent.

You get instructions and examples of code. You have a couple of frames next to that where you write your own code and can see a live preview next to it. You click submit when you think you're done and it tells you if you have completed the task correctly or not, then lets you try again or move onto the next exercise.

It's pretty much the best method that I've experienced for learning any programming.

However, there is trouble in paradise. The preview window often hangs, doesn't load at all, or produces script errors unrelated to the task. More often than not though it's the submit button not working that is a real problem. After a cache refresh or two it comes right, but I'm fast becoming tired of the buggy state of the website.

Can anybody suggest/recommend some other interactive programming tutorials? Has anybody tried tutsplus or any others?

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby mmmm....good crack » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:00 pm

I learnt a tiny bit of basic when I was about 12. I did it out of a book my mum had.

Hope this helps bro. Let me know.
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Dixon Cider A.C. » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:46 pm

TimShadbolt wrote:
However, there is trouble in paradise. The preview window often hangs, doesn't load at all, or produces script errors unrelated to the task. More often than not though it's the submit button not working that is a real problem. After a cache refresh or two it comes right, but I'm fast becoming tired of the buggy state of the website.



Sounds to me like a classic case of dusty vents. Try some compressed air, I believe it comes in a can nowadays.

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby TimShadbolt » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:50 pm

Hahaha.

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby buckton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:40 pm

mmmm....good crack wrote:I learnt a tiny bit of basic when I was about 12. I did it out of a book my mum had.

Hope this helps bro. Let me know.


Yeah the way that "ball" bounced around the screen, hours of entertainment, fucking hours.
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby I am Sancho » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:06 pm

I played round with Code Academy a while back and had similar issues, from memory it worked better when I started using it thru either IE or Firefox instead of Chrome....

I do know there are loads of other "Learn to Code" websites out there and I have briefly tried them but can't remember what they're called or which ones were any good.

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Dead Kid » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:45 pm

You could find any old tutorial or the lecture slides for a COMP101 course online, and then run your code in a website like http://ideone.com

But yeah, my introduction was also something like this:

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby mmmm....good crack » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:50 pm

I also read the first couple of pages of a book on Pascal if you have any questions about that.
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby snuff » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:39 am

I made it to a couple of delphi lectures could probably chip in my 50c worth if needed.
I guess you really need to ask yourself... What Would Graeme Do?

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby TimShadbolt » Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:17 pm

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Red_switch » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:26 pm

I like pythons. Also, some people I know talk about fortran lots, so I can probably help you out there too.

Learn Code the Hard Way is pretty sweet depending on what you want to get out of it.
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby TimShadbolt » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:33 pm

Red_switch wrote:Learn Code the Hard Way is pretty sweet depending on what you want to get out of it.


http://ruby.learncodethehardway.org/book/

PERFECT. Thanks.

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Dixon Cider A.C. » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:51 pm

Red_switch comes through with the goods yet again!

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Red_switch » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:46 am

Like I said, I'm fucking good at this shit and know heaps.
I think it's lint.

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Dead Kid » Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:52 pm

Help debug my program please. It seems to need some compressed air: http://ideone.com/FvnXwx :baton:
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Philfy Vermin » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:04 pm

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Hail to the demons of the earth and kaos anarchy and destruction to those who exploit our human rights and starve the poor and make us suffer for the dead now walk the earth the armys of the dead hail vampires and all creatures of the night hail to the white moon and drtink the blood of our enimies and paint the town red


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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby The Face » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:17 pm

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Red_switch » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:26 pm

:lol:
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby kettles » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:46 pm

I used to make raycasting engines, tile scrolling engines, flame generators, random landscape generators, and fractal generators. Learned BASIC and C when I was like 14, haven't touched it in years but kinda keen to see what's involved with coding for smartphones, got a few ideas that would be cool on a portable device. Also really wish I could figure out why my spatial subdivision landscape generator never worked properly.

Back then a tutorial was just a program with comments in the code describing what each part did. Old school as fuck.

Does anyone remember the Allegro game library for C? Had some rad shit in there. Fuck Visual Basic.

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Red_switch » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:57 pm

kettles wrote:I used to make raycasting engines, tile scrolling engines, flame generators, random landscape generators, and fractal generators. Learned BASIC and C when I was like 14, haven't touched it in years but kinda keen to see what's involved with coding for smartphones, got a few ideas that would be cool on a portable device. Also really wish I could figure out why my spatial subdivision landscape generator never worked properly.

Back then a tutorial was just a program with comments in the code describing what each part did. Old school as fuck.

Does anyone remember the Allegro game library for C? Had some rad shit in there. Fuck Visual Basic.


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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby mmmm....good crack » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:44 pm

Pm pls
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby kettles » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:21 pm

Sarcasm is abundant this week

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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Philfy Vermin » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:11 pm

i used to write programs for my atari outta a book mostly games, but also random other shit.
i never could save them for some reason, so i would type out the whole game before i could have a hoon.
Hail to the demons of the earth and kaos anarchy and destruction to those who exploit our human rights and starve the poor and make us suffer for the dead now walk the earth the armys of the dead hail vampires and all creatures of the night hail to the white moon and drtink the blood of our enimies and paint the town red


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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby akaxo » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:39 pm

thread reminds of of spending hours sitting on the floor as a young thing typing away on the rubber keys of a zx spectrum...
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Re: Teaching yourself to program

Postby Dead Kid » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:41 pm

Dead Kid wrote:Help debug my program please. It seems to need some compressed air: http://ideone.com/FvnXwx :baton:

I knew I'd get no bites if I posted at the bottom of the 1st page.
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