How should i learn this???

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    Question How should i learn this???

    i am planning on learning C right now, i'm only in the 8th grade, so i haven't known about Programming Langages all i know is some HTML, and i want to prove to people at my school that not just anybody can sit down and write out a Complex program, i also want it for the knowledge and so that i can get into a career as a programmer, i'm not exactly sure which type of programming, so i'm trying out a bunch of languages to see if any of them stick in my brain like HTML has, and hopefully they'll steer me in the right direction for a fun career.

    well, my question is should i learn this language and others from a book, a class (although i haven't seen many C classes, only C++ andf a few others) or a combination of both of them? i have already ordered a book whose title i can't remember but i believe it went something like The Absolute Beginners Guide to C

    well, thank you for your time, C you later

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    I am also a newbie programmer and only in tenth grade, going into programming with the same ideas as you. I don't know that much, but I do know some about C. C is my first language, and it took me about half a book to know how to make any real programs (loops,etc.). I'm starting to get better with it, though. C is a language you should probably learn. C is one of the most widely used languages of them all. Most other languages have things in common with C (PASCAL was made using C), and I've heard that C++ is virtually impossible to learn without learning C first. My other recommendation-don't go buying lots of books!! You can find a lot more free learning material than you might think, enough to see if you want to stick with the language.

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    HTML isn't really programming, it's more a method for displaying stuff on a web page. You'll find that C is much more interesting. That book that you ordered sounds good. You're certainly getting an early start at it. I'd try learning from a book first, because in class they push you too hard. It's probably best to learn C before C++.

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    Originally posted by Unregistered
    HTML isn't really programming, it's more a method for displaying stuff on a web page.
    It is called a markup language. LaTex is another good exaple.

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    >well, my question is should i learn this language and others
    >from a book, a class (although i haven't seen many C classes,
    >only C++ andf a few others) or a combination of both of them?
    If you can get in a class do so, but make sure that the teacher knows something. A huge portion of board members here are in the process of learning from a teacher who is only one step ahead of them. This is a very bad way to learn.

    >and I've heard that C++ is virtually impossible to learn without learning C first
    That's completely untrue, while C++ was originally based off of C, they are still two completely different languages and can be learned independently of each other. In fact, most people moving into the programming field these days learn C++ first.

    >My other recommendation-don't go buying lots of books!!
    A bad recommendation. Most of the information on the internet is either out of date or full of bad habits and undefined behavior. At www.accu.org is a list of book reviews which describe the good books that you can pick up. While one can learn to program off of internet tutorials, an extensive library is a must if you're really serious about programming.

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