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mouser
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« on: February 05, 2006, 10:36:11 PM »

Before donationcoder.com existed, we made a forum to help motivate and teach a few friends how to program, it was called the C++ Programming School.

Basically it was a series of 10 increasingly difficult but still fun programming assignments, and students worked on them on their own and then submitted their programs for grading, where they then unlocked the next assignment/challenger.

When we started donationcoder.com we had a programming school type section also, but we removed it as their wasn't enough interest in it, but i thought we would bring it back in some form now.

I'm not sure if we will put assignments back up here.  There are a lot of more active programming learning forums on the internet (please feel free to post any you know of here).

But I thought that in the spirit of this site it might be nice to have a place where people just starting out programming, and people who want to learn, can ask beginner questions and not feel self conscious.

So feel free to use this area to ask very basic questions or get some advice about which language you might want to learn, what tools you might want to try, etc.

Programming can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable skills to learn.  It is not something you ever stop learning or getting better at, and in that sense it can be one of the most satisfying things to be involved in.  Some people take to it very naturally and others have to struggle at it, but the satisfaction is very real no matter what your level of skill.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006, 05:03:59 AM »

The founders! Long time no speak mouser, hows life for you nowadays? I look forward to working on new assignments and using these forums, nice job...
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2006, 05:05:03 AM »

Yes, I think you should definitely open back up on here. I will definitely join and if you introduce different languages i'm sure you will get more interest.!

Reply with any progress.

Thanks,
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006, 09:46:43 AM »

ah deja and mo-oz, some of the original students smiley welcome to the site.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2006, 11:24:12 AM »

I have to say that I feel going 'old school' and providing a 'Programming School' section in the DC forums is a marvellous idea and would potentially open up the site for a whole new audience whilst providing the skills to further enhance the software offerings out in the field for us all to enjoy.  Everybody wins (except mouser's sanity, perhaps).

My big fat thumbs up to that.  Thmbsup
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2006, 05:27:29 PM »

What a great idea.   Thmbsup

The best (only practical) way to learn a language is by using it to solve a problem.  Reading the solution in a book doesn't let you experience the devlopment process.  Learn by doing I always say.

If the problems cover the right ground, you should be able to be fairly competent by the end of the course.

Laguage suggestions:
Pascal (I love pascal  Kiss)
Python
Perl
PHP
(so many P Languages)  ohmy

Ruby
Java

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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2006, 06:10:24 PM »

But I thought that in the spirit of this site it might be nice to have a place where people just starting out programming, and people who want to learn, can ask beginner questions and not feel self conscious.

I think this is the best thing I've read anywhere in a long time, because it's exactly what I am always wishing for. 

My suggestions would be Word VBA and AHK.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2006, 06:27:39 AM »

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Glad to see all the support. Looks like it will be a big hit mouser, when do you think it will be up?

I hope soon, I want to start by learning PHP fully then learning more C++/
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2006, 02:23:34 PM »

For those interested in Ruby, here's an interactive tutorial. Runs in your browser, how cool is that?

http://tryruby.hobix.com/
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2006, 07:07:27 PM »

must be the DC effect on their site....  Grin I got the Firefox "Try Again" message.  Sad
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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2006, 08:03:58 AM »

Here's a Java environment designed just for teaching/learning.

http://www.bluej.org/
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