Thread: Planning on taking "Computer Science" for my major any advice?

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    Planning on taking "Computer Science" for my major any advice?

    Planning on taking "Computer Science" for my major, wondering about any advice on classes or languages I should learn?

    Thanks everybody for helping me learn some of the fundamentals, your help made it so much easier...


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    Learn "How to program" my friend, that is the most important thing you can do. Problem solving to the extreme of individual steps, this is truly the "art" of programming. Pick a language and learn how to do everything in that language; programming paradigms and implementations change, however the ability to change "human problems" into concrete steps for a generalized solution has always stayed the same. This 'ability' is the essence of computer science and what you need to learn.

    So, pick a language and then learn how to solve all problems with that language. It doesn't matter what language you decide to go with(for a personal note, something along lower level such as C or C++ may benefit you more), in the long wrong it doesn't really matter; simply learn how to program.
    Quote Originally Posted by anduril462 View Post
    Now, please, for the love of all things good and holy, think about what you're doing! Don't just run around willy-nilly, coding like a drunk two-year-old....
    Quote Originally Posted by quzah View Post
    ..... Just don't be surprised when I say you aren't using standard C anymore, and as such,are off in your own little universe that I will completely disregard.
    Warning: Some or all of my posted code may be non-standard and as such should not be used and in no case looked at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARod609
    Planning on taking "Computer Science" for my major, wondering about any advice on classes or languages I should learn?
    I took most of Joel Spolsky's Advice for Computer Science College Students. Ironically, the piece of his advice that I did not take was the one he advised was something that should be done "no matter what you do"
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarne Stroustrup (2000-10-14)
    I get maybe two dozen requests for help with some sort of programming or design problem every day. Most have more sense than to send me hundreds of lines of code. If they do, I ask them to find the smallest example that exhibits the problem and send me that. Mostly, they then find the error themselves. "Finding the smallest program that demonstrates the error" is a powerful debugging tool.
    Look up a C++ Reference and learn How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

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