On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 10:23 AM, Hilary B.
I will like to know how to use programming languages to create a
computer software. I was advised to start with Ruby. Half-way through
‘Beginning Ruby From Novice to Professional’, it refers to C and/or C++
as fundamentals. HELP. What is a practical approach to learning how to
create a computer software from scratch. I am in the the field of
secondary education with some knowledge of Excel, Words and SPSS.
Thanking you in advance for your response
You should think about whether you’re wanting to learn enough
solve some problems, or really get deep into it, understanding the
and implementation. If it’s the former, then I wouldn’t touch a low
language. If the latter, then learning C would be good for your
understanding of computer science, and even Assembly from there would
ground some of the things you do, all the way down to the hardware.
But it sounds like you’re wanting to program for pragmatic reasons, so
strongly suggest you don’t go near C, to do anything nontrivial in C
requires a huge amount of time and knowledge, and C gets out of hand
quickly. Stick with Ruby.
On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM, Hilary B.
On pgs 296 and 297. There is not clarity as how to use the million of
concepts. Someone recommended to abandon Ruby and go directly to Ruby on
Rails, as it offers more flexibility while learning Ruby and also Rails.
If you’re wanting to make a simple web app, then I’d suggest starting
Sinatra, it is much easier to start with. If what you want to do is more
complex, then Rails is the way to go, it just takes a while to get the
of rails (or did for me, at least), Rails is almost a language in
For Sinatra, I really enjoyed the peepcode screencast
On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 10:43 AM, Aldric G.
Hilary B. wrote:
What is a practical approach to learning how to
create a computer software from scratch.
Write programs yourself. A good place to start is
http://projecteuler.net/ especially because it may force you to do
research online about whatever algorithms it may be talking about.
Online research is important.
That’s where I started I also started with C, but recommend against
I think it is a miserable language that saps all the joy of programming.
picked up Ruby, because C wasn’t able to handle numbers large enough to
solve Project Euler problems, very glad I did.