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I want to become a programmer being a computer science student of Lagos state university. I have got my pc but i do not know how to get started whit it. As a beginner i will like to start with visual basic and java language please help me. thanks

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Web application is the next big thing. I would advice you to get access to a server (WAMP server is good), and do server side scripting. AJAX(Asynchronous Javascript and XML) is the upcoming language, in great demand. It is catching up in the UK, and it wont take much time to take off in Nigeria. To understand AJAX you need to know a thing or three about JavaScript(not JAVA) and XML

Why AJAX?

read about it at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_(programming)

Why wampserver?

Because it is free, and it consist of APACHE server (the most widely used server on the internet), MySQL(database) and PHP(one of the most widely used server scripting language)

where can I download the server from?

http://www.wampserver.com/en/

Knowledge needed to start learning this scripting language?

HTML (XHTML recommended)

XML

JavaScript

other programmes needed?

Web browser (IE7, Mozilla Firefox reommended)

Notepad (or other text editor)

other useful links

http://w3schools.com/ajax/default.asp

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/

Site that has used AJAX?

http://www.netvibes.com/ (play around with this site to gain better understanding)

http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en (try and search for a word)

I hope it helps, best of luck and send me your first AJAX site.

OLu(UK)

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Please check this site before you listen to any advice. i have a friend who is doing scary stuff within a short learning period with this unusual language.

www.rapideuphoria.com

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well are u a yr 1 student, to start programming u need to remember this, COMPUTERs are the most silly machines ever made by man, though they seem the smartest, but they lack common sense a 3 yr old has, afte this as sunk in , pick up a QBasic book and read it religiously till u get to file management then u can start combining other languages, in the process of learning try to talk to other programmers, read magazines and chat in good forums/chat rooms, make friends who share ur passion, then b4 u knu it u r up and running b4 u start learning the big stuffs like VB,C/C++,java etc, its not an easy journey but endure it it cld b lonely atimes but friend stay put, memorize this , "to b the master , walk with the master,learn from the master, think like the master then become the master,

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As a fellow computer science student in University. I started programming with java and it has worked out pretty well for me. I cant say abt visual basic, i tried it, but it didnt mesh with me.

Even if ur programming for fun, my advice is to start with java because that will help you with the fundamentals and help u think like a programmer, which will make learning all the other programming languages much easier as the only thing different is syntax.

I've heard it from a lot of sources, my teachers included, that QBasic and the whole basic family is bad to start learning programming in, cause u will learn some bad habits on the way.

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Mr Smano,

Take my advice, first decide what u want to use ur programming skills for. Is it for making $$$ or for fun?? if the second is the case well learn VB.

But if u want to make $$ from programming, first decide the kind of applications you would like to be creating it will help you choose a good language that can do it well. My advice to you, learn c/c++ learn PHP and maybe ASP. You use the last two to develop web applications (like nairaland is a web application).

If you go learning VB, you are wasting ur time. you may learn it cause ur school want u to learn it, but to make a leaving, do PHP and or ASP. Peace.

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<font face="Arial" size=2 color=#C09966>Welcome to my homepage</font>

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You are a comp. sci student? you have to first get a programming language to use.You can start humbly with something like Qbasic. Or if you don't want that you can go with Visual Basic.

There are so many options to pick from.

C++, C, JAVA, and a ost of others.

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Programming Tutorials

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@smano

You chose 2 of the most widely used languages in the world. I think you should start with them before any other language anybody may suggest to you.

VB 2005 is the latest version of VB, better get that than VB6. It has a free though a bit tempered down version is good for most(?) intent. You can download from here

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/support/install/

Download the latest version jdk6 (for java) from here

http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp

You can get enough help from people of this forum. Now you are the only one stopping yourself

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@Smano

Learn To Program

Ruby

it's all free. it's all great.

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Before you try your hands on the new programming languages, it'll be nice if you can take some crash course on Qbasic. With this you'll be able to catch up with the any other languages. Every intro leads to DOS

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hello just get vb installed adn get good lessons from those who already know about it,

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Visual Basic - Microsoft product: Gotta get VB6 installed legit or whichever way you figure out,

Java - Free stuff. Need to get J2SE SDK and prolly an IDE. Download from Sun. Then get tutorials to get started,

Good luck

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