Learning to Program

For quite a while I’ve been wanting to teach myself how to program. Unfortunately, It’s definitely been a start-stop process. I bought a book on Visual Basic which did seem pretty good, but I found it a little hard to follow quite early on – so I figured I should try a ‘Learn to Program’ style book before picking up any particular language.

I’m using the book ‘Beginning Programming for Dummies’ by Wallace Wang, along with software called Liberty Basic. The book has so far been a really good introduction to programming, the core ideas, and a lot of the terminology. It is teaching me BASIC, which might not have the most use afterwards but I do think it’s a good place to start. It’s very…basic. It’s very simple, and focuses just on the structure of writing programs, and doesn’t focus on visual things as the input and output pretty much just look like notepad boxes.

I’m now about a third of the way through the book, and I’m now learning about Loops. To repeat myself just a little, it is going well! I hope to  be able to learn Visual Basic with the book I’ve already bought afterwards. And then who knows? Maybe I could learn Python or Java.

But right now, baby steps. I can write a program that complains at me for not having enough cake. *nods to myself sagely* Yeah…

In other unrelated news, I’m still continuing with the GoodReads challenge! I’ve read twelve books so far, which makes me ahead of schedule, and I’m currently reading one of the more recent Terry Pratchett books Snuff.

Bye for now!

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