• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

thinking about software design and starting to train

Joined
Nov 27, 2007
Messages
2,228 (0.61/day)
Likes
374
System Name HOMECOMPUTER
Processor Intel I7-4790k @ 4.8Ghz 1.30v
Motherboard Gigabyte z97 gaming 7
Cooling ek supremacy evo full nickle, xspc megarad
Memory 16GB Corsair ddr3 2400
Video Card(s) Sapphire r9 Fury Tri-x @ 1200/500
Storage 2x samsung 840 evo in raid 0
Display(s) LG 35", LG 27"
Case Thermaltake Core x5
Audio Device(s) Asus xonar dsx pcie
Power Supply Corsair 1000watt
Mouse Zowie FK1+
Keyboard Corsair Strafe rgb silent
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores i'm working on that
#1
I'm considering finally going to college after going it the hard way the last 5 years. and i'm considering software design. To be completely honest, i can't code for crap and really nevered tried. I mean i was sick with html back in the day but even that isn't real software design imho. I'm wondering where i can get some free or at least really cheap training material i can use on the pc. I'm also looking to learn a more popular windows based language. Please help me out, all your tips on the subject will be taken to heart, i appreciate it in advance.
 
Joined
Mar 29, 2007
Messages
4,829 (1.23/day)
Likes
635
System Name The Cube
Processor Ryzen 5 1600
Motherboard Asus Prime B350M-A/CSM AM4 mATX
Cooling Stock Wraith Spire
Memory 2x8gb Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 760
Storage 256 GB Samsung Evo 850, 1TB WD Blue
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440p LED
Case Thermaltake Core V21
Power Supply EVGA Supernova 550W
Software Win 10 Education
#2
The best place to get any information these days is of course, the internet. Google. I have been looking a little into such things lately too, and really, all the info you could ever need is somewhere on the interweb. It just takes time and self-determination to find it, and execute it.

Of course, school can give more direction in the teaching. And the for dummies books are priceless....lol

What are you looking to do. I took a class on python (has elements of java and c++ but simpler and more powerful) last semester and picked up some good training materials on that. I can give you some links to those if you want (they're all online).
 
Joined
Nov 27, 2007
Messages
2,228 (0.61/day)
Likes
374
System Name HOMECOMPUTER
Processor Intel I7-4790k @ 4.8Ghz 1.30v
Motherboard Gigabyte z97 gaming 7
Cooling ek supremacy evo full nickle, xspc megarad
Memory 16GB Corsair ddr3 2400
Video Card(s) Sapphire r9 Fury Tri-x @ 1200/500
Storage 2x samsung 840 evo in raid 0
Display(s) LG 35", LG 27"
Case Thermaltake Core x5
Audio Device(s) Asus xonar dsx pcie
Power Supply Corsair 1000watt
Mouse Zowie FK1+
Keyboard Corsair Strafe rgb silent
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores i'm working on that
#3
i'm really not sure, what is the more popular language being used today? is it visual basic?? i know the ms was giving away their training material or somthing i just wasn't paying attention. i wanna get used to a visual programing language and then move to things like silverlight or rim programs like adobe flex
 

Kreij

Senior Monkey Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Feb 6, 2007
Messages
13,817 (3.49/day)
Likes
5,524
Location
Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 Extreme @ 3.0 GHz
Motherboard Asus Rampage Formula
Cooling ZeroTherm Nirvana NV120 Premium
Memory 8GB (4 x 2GB) Corsair Dominator PC2-8500
Video Card(s) 2 x Sapphire Radeon HD6970
Storage 2 x Seagate Barracuda 320GB in RAID 0
Display(s) Dell 3007WFP 30" LCD (2560 x 1600)
Case Thermaltake Armor w/ 250mm Side Fan
Audio Device(s) SupremeFX 8ch Audio
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular
Software Win8 Pro x64 / Cat 12.10
#4
You can get Microsoft's development environment (IDE) and any of their compilers (VB, C++, C#, Web Developer, SQL Server) for free is you download the express versions.

www.msdn.com/express

They do not have all the bells and whistles of the real versions, but they are by no means "crippled".

And, of course, if you do use them (or anything else) and have questions, just head over the the "Programming and Webmastering" section of the forums and we will be happy to try to assit you.
 
Joined
Aug 30, 2006
Messages
6,374 (1.55/day)
Likes
983
System Name ICE-QUAD // ICE-CRUNCH
Processor Q6600 // 2x Xeon 5472
Memory 2GB DDR // 8GB FB-DIMM
Video Card(s) HD3850-AGP // FireGL 3400
Display(s) 2 x Samsung 204Ts = 3200x1200
Audio Device(s) Audigy 2
Software Windows Server 2003 R2 as a Workstation now migrated to W10 with regrets.
#5
My suggestion is this:

Get QBASIC. Download a few programs/games like "snake".

If you can learn QBASIC quickly, and its fun learning and understanding programs like "snake" and modifying them... THEN start with visual basic. Get the free versions as per Kreij's suggestion.

Programming is NOT for everyone. For most people it really isnt fun, esp. the debugging part. Dont start a college education on something you arent passionate about. TBH, I dont think you should do it. If you havent ALREADY tried programming, it sounds like you are only trying because its an option for college. Although PCs might have been fun so far (gaming, internet) you might be unpleasantly surprised when it comes to database and object and UI programming.