learn to program?
June 29, 2010 11:02 AM Subscribe
made me start thinking about learning computer programming. Two questions: do you think there's any value in doing so, and if so, how would I start? Details about me inside.
posted by insectosaurus to computers & internet (13 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
The linked question is about introducing kids to computer programming, and it made me start thinking about learning programming myself (I'm 25). It had never really occurred to me before that that was something I could do. I don't really know what the point would be - that's my first question. Would it be fun? I absolutely love logic games and puzzles. I was a math major, and I loved that. Would I be able to do cool stuff/ How much time would I have to put in before I got to the part where I could do cool stuff? Do you think learning programming is, in general, a worthwhile thing to do?
If you think it is worthwhile/fun, how do I start? Do I buy a book, is there a website I can just mess around with? The latter is my usual way of figuring out technology type things, and what I prefer to do, if possible. What language should I start with?
About me, in case it's helpful: I have never taken any computer science classes or taught myself anything about programming - I know that different languages exist, and that's about it. Math major, like I mentioned, and I tend to pick up things pretty quickly. Oh, and waaaay back in high school I did program little programs on my calculator to do things like the quadratic equation, or to ask me multiple choice questions - a choose your own adventure type game. I figured out how to do that just from looking at the code from other peoples' programs.
I did a search and saw some previous questions, but for the most part the responses went way over my head. I'm not interested in reading long books about theory, I'm interested in messing around with the actual languages and trying to make little programs.