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James
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Get a copy of SharpDevelop and learn .Net once you have mastered the basics of programming.


In addition to this you can get SQL Server Express which will give you a free local instance of SQL Server and a free copy of SQL Server Management Studio.

Combined with SharpDevelop (also free), you can get up and running with .Net (C# or VB), WPF, WinForms, ASP.Net and SQL Server for free.

These are excellent technologies to learn if you want a career as a developer.

SharpDevelop is an incredibly powerful IDE for something that is free, especially when you look at the price of Visual Studio.
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i've played around with phBB before i'll have to have a go at this
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The next new lesson was released yesterday, Objects (Part II). Looking forward to giving it a go.
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Is this just for Javascript only?
A2H GO
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Is this just for Javascript only?


ATM yes but they are looking to expand it to Ruby and some others. They're also starting to let people create their own lessons and then use the best ones.
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Still going on this:

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They've added the first lesson of HTML and CSS now. Basic for those who already know a bit but worth making a start.
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It's not knowing the syntax, it's having a brain capable of processing the information required to code.

Those who can won't be using ilearntocode.com to learn to code.
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Facebook keeps popping up 'Learn HTML' and 'Learn HTML5' adverts for me. What's there to learn? It's just syntax.
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Just a bit of an update to this. I completed all the courses on there when I started this thread last year, there was only a small number at that point.

I stopped for a bit and checked it again towards the end of last year and there's loads on there so picked it up again.

I've now completed all the Javascript, HTML, CSS, Python and API courses (left Ruby for now).

A few weeks ago I started the Stanford University computer science course on iTunes U which focuses on Java. Enjoy doing it and gives me something to do watching the lectures on the train to and from work everyday. Requires a lot of time and commitment in addition to just watching the lectures though.

As part of one of the assignments I wrote from scratch pretty much my first program this weekend, the old school game Breakout.

Nothing special but a bit of a preview here for anyone interested:

http://bit.ly/12l8pRt



[Edited on 04-02-2013 by A2H GO]
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'Learn HTML5'


Probably the most frustrating thing in the world with the lack of & varied support out there. I remember coding some drag and drop file upload stuff and it was a nightmare trying to get it to work as every browser had its quirk, some of the major ones were still lacking implementation of some of the module.

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I'd highly recommend http://www.codeschool.com/ for anyone wanting to do a bit of learning
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quote:
Originally posted by ed
'Learn HTML5'

Probably the most frustrating thing in the world with the lack of & varied support out there. I remember coding some drag and drop file upload stuff and it was a nightmare trying to get it to work as every browser had its quirk, some of the major ones were still lacking implementation of some of the module.


The file drag and drop API is still very new and I don't think it's part of the W3C spec yet. You shouldn't be relying on new stuff like this if you're trying to make a robust application, instead use a library which has failbacks built into it - there are plenty of them about.
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I'd highly recommend http://www.codeschool.com/ for anyone wanting to do a bit of learning


Added to favourites.

Took 5 mins to look at some of the objective c stuff...
Laney
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Yeah, it's not exactly easy on the eye

The site as a whole is worth the cash I think. I got it for a month over Xmas and hammered it then cancelled!
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Learn about psuedo code the symantics of 3rd/4th level languages before you dive in with some coding it will save you some brain ache.
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Originally posted by Rob_Quads
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Originally posted by ed
'Learn HTML5'

Probably the most frustrating thing in the world with the lack of & varied support out there. I remember coding some drag and drop file upload stuff and it was a nightmare trying to get it to work as every browser had its quirk, some of the major ones were still lacking implementation of some of the module.


The file drag and drop API is still very new and I don't think it's part of the W3C spec yet. You shouldn't be relying on new stuff like this if you're trying to make a robust application, instead use a library which has failbacks built into it - there are plenty of them about.


The last news I heard was HTML5 has been finalized and now we're just waiting for the browser authors to catch up.

I've entered into the world of hybrid apps recently and I fooking love it!
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The draft has been finalised. The recommended spec wont be complete until Q4 of 2014.
ed
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Plus you still have to support non-standards and old browsers.
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Plus you still have to support non-standards and old browsers.


Thats purely subjective, you dont HAVE to do anything.

You can target later iOS/Android platforms and the juicey bits of HTML5 are covered (Canvas, Binary transfers, Local Storage etc.)
A2H GO
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Originally posted by Laney
Yeah, it's not exactly easy on the eye

The site as a whole is worth the cash I think. I got it for a month over Xmas and hammered it then cancelled!


I'm planning on doing this but not until I've finished the Java course, learning two languages at once would be

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