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Object Orientation and General technical topics module Q100
Learning to Progam
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module Q100. This topic is presented on public courses Learning to program in PHP
, Learning to program in Python
, Learning to Program in Java
, Learning to program in Lua
, Learning to program in Ruby
, Learning to program in Tcl
, Learning to Program in C
, Learning to program in C++
, Beginning PHP - weekend course / hobby / club / leisure users
So you've been given a task for a computer to perform,
and asked to write a program to do it. Where do you start
[hopefully by looking to see if someone else has already
written a program that does the job!]? Are you best to
learn from an e-learning program, from a book, from your
colleagues, or perhaps at nightschool or on a training
course such as ours? What language should you learn,
and how long should you allow? How will you mark your
progress and how will you be motivated?
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|3895||Flowchart to program - learning to program with Well House|
Drawing a flowchart is how many people understand a process; it's something that's been used in schools and textbooks for many generations, and it provides a graphic representation of choices and actions that most people find easy to follow.
For newcomers to programming, such as on my Learning to program ...
|3551||Some terms used in programming (Biased towards Python)|
Some of the elements of your program
- typically a keyword followed by series of parameters
- a "unit" of shell / batch / Tcl programming
(You don't really have commands in Python)
Statement - an atomic operational unit of a program
- a "unit" of Python / Perl / PHP / Lua / C etc ...
|3120||Learning to write good programs in C and C++ - separating out repeated code|
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|2973||Learning to program - where to start if you have never programmed before|
We teach many delegates how to program in "xxxx", where xxxx is a language such as Perl, PHP, Python, Lua, Ruby, etc. Some of those delegates arrive with us with prior programming experience, and require what is in essence a conversion course - the base concepts from Pascal will set them in good stead ...
|2898||Programming Standards from the start!|
Yesterday was a "Learning to program in ..." lead in day - for delegates who are new to programming, and will be learning one of the languages we teach; we cover basic principles, but in the way that they're applied to the language the delegate is learning (no starting with Basic and switching to Perl, ...
|2504||Learning to program in ...|
These are bullet point topics to accompany the "Learning to program in ..." days which are available to complete novices in front of Well House Consultants programming courses. The day is presented using examples in PHP, Lua, Python, Ruby, C, C++, Tcl, Java or Perl as appropriate, with examples written ...
|2505||I almost put the bins out this morning|
It feels like Tuesday - so I almost put out the bins before I left home for the fortnightly rubbish collection. But it isn't Tuesday - it's only Monday morning, and only just 8 O'Clock
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|2326||Learn a new programming language this summer.|
Public Courses for newcomers to a language, running in Melksham
Lua - Monday, 10th August 2009 (*) - 3 days
Python - Monday, 17th August (*) - 3 days
Perl - Monday, 7th September (**) - 5 days
Java - Monday 21st September (*) - 4 days
PHP - Monday 28th September (*) - 4 days
More advanced programming ...
|2294||Can you learn to program in 4 days?|
"New to programming" on Monday Morning ... and understanding a program that reads and analyses a web access log file, reporting back on remote hosts that visited us and stayed for between one and five minutes by the end of Thursday. That's a good advert for Ruby - and a good advert for our Learning ...
|2286||New to programming? It is natural (but needless) for you to be nervous|
Yesterday, I ran the introductory day at the start of our Learning to Program in Ruby course.
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|2092||Tracking difficult bugs, the programmer / customer relationship|
If you've been programming for a while, you have probably come across one or two of those code bugs that are really really really hard to reproduce, track down and fix. And yet - when you do track them down / fix them from live (production) code, your users / customers just shrug their shoulders and ...
|2048||Learning to program in PHP, Python, Java or Lua ...|
... or in Ruby, Tcl, C, C++ or Perl
Are you new to computer programming? Is it so long since you programmed that you feel very rusty and would like to start again from basics? If you've said "yes" to either of these questions our new "Learning to program in ...." series of courses may be exactly what ...
|2001||I have not programmed before, and need to learn|
Yesterday was the second day of my Learning to Program introductory course - for delegates who are learning to program - as well as learning a particular language, and (since the target language is C), I wrote a number of new C examples. And these examples were written in front of the delegates to show ...
|1985||Learning to program as a part of your job|
Scenario - you have never programmed before, but you are required to do so as a part of your job. You see lots of course (like ours !) on C, or PHP, or Python ... but they all assume some prior knowledge. And when you pick up a book it seems very theoretic and irrelevant, or looses you in the first ...
|1963||Best source to learn Java (or Perl or PHP or Python)|
An impossible question - there is no best way - yet it's one that I'm asked from time to time. [["Hello. I'm doing a b.tech. My friends like ur site very much. Plz help us in Java programming - plz tell me about the best source to learn Java"]]
So do I answer such questions, and if so, how? Firstly ...
|1605||Learning and understanding scripting programming techniques|
Can you have a book about programming that's not about a specific programming language? A course that covers useful techniques across the board? That applies right across languages, with tips and techniques and things to bear in mind? Now there's a challenge, and I think the answer would be "yes." ...
|116||The next generation of programmer|
Ten years ago, I was teaching languages like Shell Scripting and C, but the requirement faded. As computers became steadily more powerful, standard applications were developed by a few, to be used by the many, rather than each of the many having specific code written for them.
So now, I'm teaching languages ...
Examples from our training material
|Chloe.java|| First use of functions and command line - Java|
|colin|| Ruby example - planning and documenting your code|
|eleven.c|| Reading data from file|
|fifth.c|| Named blocks of code (functions)|
|first.c|| A first program - a series of instructions|
|fourth.c|| Calculations and precedence|
|fur2.py|| Operator precedence|
|furry.py|| Whole program|
|second.c|| Calling named blocks of code|
|seven.c|| Repeating blocks of code with a loop|
|sixth.c|| Conditional code|
|small_demo.php|| A first useful program in PHP|
|stuff.txt|| Data for eleven.c and twelve.c|
|ten.c|| An array to store multiple values|
|third.c|| Calculate and print|
|twelve.c|| #define, breaking a loop, == testing|
|vcw|| without validation / Ruby|
|vcx|| Quick first validation example / Ruby|
|vcy|| Second validation example (function) / Ruby|
|vcz|| Third validation example (catching errors) / Ruby|
Some modules are available for download
as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License
for free download from http://www.training-notes.co.uk
Topics covered in this module
What is programing?
Why are there so many langauges?
Which language for what purpose?
How to plan your progamming project.
Making best use of existing resources.
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