There is a good reason why almost everyone should learn at least basic programming. Computers are taking over human resources and thus we need to understand how they work and how their software’s are shaping the global industry. Almost every business today is powered by computers and therefore, knowing how it functions is a crucial knowledge.
Pick a language
There are hundreds, if not thousands of programming languages available. The options can be quite daunting, so take your time and pick a language and concentrate on learning it first.
For most newcomers to the world of programming, C++ is the best choice. Not only is it the most popular, but it’s also the most powerful. Its advanced API can power almost any application that you can run on well-known operating systems. Many video games, Windows and mobile application are created using C++.
In the end, your choice depends on what you want to build. Website, apps and games, all have different languages that are ideal for them.
Once you have picked your language preference, get your hands dirty. There is no better way to learn a language than to actually write it and practice.
To write languages, you are going to need an integrated development environment or IDE. Different languages require different IDE’s so see which one is useful for you. For example, if you wish to learn C++, then freely available IDE like Visual Studios or Eclipse are perfect for you.
After installing an IDE on your computer, start writing. Learn about fundamental concepts like the language syntax, logic statements and loops. And don’t worry if your programs don’t work at first. Trial and error is the best way to learn.
You are well on your way once you have the basics down. After that, it’s time to focus on creating something meaningful.
Think of something you can make with your coding knowledge. Whether it’s a small application, like a calculator, or a simple video game, like tic-tac-toe. Make something that functions properly, but keep it simple. There is no need to stress over making a large project. Find a good starting ground, then push yourself slowly.
You can make either a personal project, or do something for others, like designing websites. You will be surprised how much you learn once you build software for others. You will get an idea about making your programs user friendly and error-free.
Expand your knowledge
Finally, learn as much as you can about the new concepts of programming. Coding is a never ending topic and even the most experienced programmers don’t know everything.
Visit online forums, pick up books or meet other programmers. You can take courses online or in your local area. Some new concepts for beginners to look into are Object Oriented Programming and UI design. Remember, that learn to program is just like learning how to speak a new language. You can get by with just the basic, but to be an expert, you need to be willing to find out more about it.