Get better at programming?

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    Get better at programming?

    I was wondering is there a way to get better at programming?? like i know i've heard the usual response, "Practice makes perfect so just keep programming". Like sometimes when im programming i'm always thinking to myself how am i going to make all of this connect and work together.

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    Practice and planning works best. It's good to have an idea of what you want before you jump in. You also need to be willing to put in time. When I first started, it seemed like I couldn't do anything without looking at others code first.

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    Well it is hard to recommend something other than practice. C++ is difficult though especially as a virgin experience. Most if not all of the people you accept advice from did things before C++. Whether it be JavaScript, some flavor of Basic, python, perl, possibly all of those, or something I didn't mention. "Making it connect" is going to be impossible if you're alone. Maybe you should post more too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteflags View Post
    Well it is hard to recommend something other than practice. C++ is difficult though especially as a virgin experience. Most if not all of the people you accept advice from did things before C++. Whether it be JavaScript, some flavor of Basic, python, perl, possibly all of those, or something I didn't mention. "Making it connect" is going to be impossible if you're alone. Maybe you should post more too!
    Now that you mention it, Javascript was actually my first language. I tend to forget about that one because it was only for a brief time when I was big into web design. My first programming language though was C++. I'm not sure if you'd consider Javascript a scripting language or programming language.

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    depends what you want to practice?

    if its general learning how to do a language AND general algorithm / CS practice ... try these programming problems , some are easy .. some are extremely difficult

    https://www.spoj.pl/problems/classical/

    (you submit your code and the website compiles and tests your code)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syscal View Post
    I'm not sure if you'd consider Javascript a scripting language or programming language.
    That's different enough from the usual question I think. Scripting is programming. That actual argument you're referring to is about something a lot more stupid.

    The important question is whether JavaScript taught you how to program. Suppose it did, and through disuse, you forgot. In that case C++ will still be hard. Like the OP who has no real work experience from which to draw solutions from; ones that simply need rewriting in the C++verse. There are sites out there that will try to teach or help people learn computer programming. This is different from some dick linking Learn to Program in Ten Years, and different from learning all the awesome parts of C++ so you can become a C++ weenie (read: one of us).
    Last edited by whiteflags; 09-12-2010 at 11:20 PM.

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    C++ is my first language btw, i'm on classes right now.

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    Practice.

    Try implementing various sorting and searching algorithms. You can find their descriptions on the Internet, and go from there, without looking at the code of existing implementations.

    I'm doing it now, and I find it to be an interesting challenge.


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    That's an awesome link. Thanks!

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