Starting with Programming — Beginner’s guide

Source: Starting with Programming — Beginner’s guide

There is no simple answer to the question ‘I want to learn programming, where should I start?’ but there is a guidance to be given depending on your skill and your willingness to learn. It’s easy to tell someone to try and solve a real world problem, but it doesn't tell them how to go by it, so what can be done is give them a good hand of tools to use. When recommending a tool, a programming language or a book you have to consider that it should not be too high learning steep to get their first HELLO WORLD program running. If there are no fast results, it is highly likely that person will just drop out and give up. Programming isn’t just only the syntax and the compilers, it’s a whole logical thought process as it becomes a puzzle that you are constantly trying to solve. You must have a strong foundation of what a computing is, how pieces work and how to really think abstractly. So finally if you want to dig deeper and feeling ready for the next step, you might want to pick up a good book that explains the basics of building software for your computer.

Choosing Programming Language

Once you consider what you want to study build and contribute, you can start thinking about which language to learn. So what next? You’ll google for the programming languages available and you’ll surprised to know that in total there are 256 programming languages. So choosing from this huge list is a challenging task. Different languages tend to be used to create different types of programs, however, so choose a language that you feel is relevant to what you want to do. As long as you choose a language that is regularly used in technology today, you’re winning. When you’re starting out, the goal is to become solid in the basics, and the basics are pretty similar across almost all modern programming languages. The concept of variables, loop, array or function is the same no matter which language you choose.

The different programming languages with its purposes are given below.

Don’t limit yourself to these languages! There are tons of programming languages, all with varying uses. If you want to work as programmer, you will definitely need to know more than one, so learn as many as you can.

Learn to code

Start with a good book or tutorial on programming. Get a good, current book on the programming language you want to learn. Read the books even if you don’t understand them. It’s just like playing a video game,you don’t get the techniques to win in the first game itself but when time passes by you’ll get along with it and you may also even win it! The best way to practice programming is to write a computer program. No flashcards or note-taking is necessary, just do it. You may make mistakes, but that’s how you learn.

Take examples of the programming language from the book and try putting together your own ideas to form a working program. Start with simple things and work your way up to more complex things as you continue reading and learning about your programming language. Don’t cease yourself from experimenting with codes because the most important thing is, notice and observe the results. Once you start actively programming in your first language, you may want to learn a second one. You’ll get the most out of learning a second programming language if you pick one that uses a radically different paradigm than the one you started with. Starting is always slow, don’t get disappointed in failing to implement little things and don’t forget to motivate yourself!


Start with something fun, motivate yourself to solving challenges, progressing your skills in logical problem solving. Learning to code is a fairly long process, but when you get along with it will get you starting in thinking like a coder. Everyone can become a “programmer”. This is something that comes with experience, not one day of googling and understanding that. The possibilities are endless, you just need to find something that tickles your mind and makes you more interested in investing time into programming. A lot of people just want to be spoon fed the knowledge and that is unfortunately not possible, it takes time and patience to learn programming. Syntax and algorithms will come with time, but patience and your thirst for success must be something you stride for.

If the discussion lasted this long, I hope you go away with a smile and longing to write your first program. So now, what would be your answer to the question: I Want To Learn Programming, Where Do I Start?

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