7 Tips For Newbie Programmers

A programming language is a formal language that specifies a set of instructions that can be used to produce various kinds of output. Programming languages generally consist of instructions for a computer. Programming languages can be used to create programs that implement specific algorithms. There are hundreds of programming languages in the world, based on programming field.
A programmer, computer programmer,
developer, dev, coder, or software engineer is a person who creates computer software. The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computer programming or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software. One who practices or professes a formal approach to programming may also be known as a programmer analyst.

Augusta Ada, the first programmer
in the world
Also see: Biography of Charles Babbage The Father of Computer

Today, I’m going to show some useful tips for newbie programmers which may help them reach to the path of success. As I observed there are some mistakes newbies makes when starting programming. Now, read these few tips:

See: Why HTML is Not a Programming Language

1. Choose a field

There are fields in programming language that you should know. Choosing a field is more important as a beginner, you should think and choose which field should I go to. Example, a Software or Web Development. These are some fields in programming:

(i) Software Development: This is the process of computer programming, involved in creating and maintaining
applications and frameworks resulting in a software product . Software development is a process of writing and maintaining the source code, but in a broader sense, it includes all that is involved between the conception of the desired software through to the final manifestation of the software, sometimes in a planned and structured process

This is the one of the field of programming language which involved
in developing a computer software. Professional developers in this field are called Software Developers. What you should consider here is that; not every programming language is used in software development.

(ii) Web Development: Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a website. Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications electronic businesses, and social network services.

Just like software development, not every programming language works in this field.

Web developers are found working in various types of organizations, including large corporations and governments, small and medium sized companies, or alone as freelancers. Some web developers work for one organization as a permanent full-time employee, while others may work as independent consultants, or as contractors for an employment agency.

Considering the above mentioned fields, you should think and choose a better one for you. What I believed on the web on every part; online marketing, blogging, entrepreneurship, webmastering.. is to find a better field.

Lets assume you choosed web development as a field of pgramming, the languages you should focus is scripting languages, developer may focus on the technologies sent to the client such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and on the
server-side frameworks (such as Perl,
Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, ASP, ASP.NET) used to deliver content and scripts to the client
See: Why You Should Care About JavaScript?

2. Set a learning plan

A learning plan is a document that a student create that is guided by student interests and has details (and accountability + next steps)

The language you choose is going to be highly dependent upon what exactly you want to do (your project). If you want to learn how to program robotics with arduino, you'll likely want to learn something like C. If you want to build web applications, you'll likely want to learn Ruby or Python, while websites you'll go for scripting languages: PHP, ASP, JavaScript etc

See: 5 Signs That You Are Not Meant To Be a Programmer

When I started learning scripting languages, I set a learning plan which helped me learned and understood better. And setting a learning plan is all about:
Which language to start: Programming experts suggested some languages to start learning as a beginner, e.g: C++, Python

A set of 'learning goals' that you hopes to achieve within a specific period of time. It is often useful to divide larger goals into more manageable sub-goals that can be realized within weeks or months.

3. Find programming tools

A programming tool is a computer program that web or software developers use to create, debug, maintain, or otherwise support other programs and applications.

Once you have choosed a field and set your learning plan, the next thing is to find programming tools. You should install compilers, IDE and editors which will enable you to write your code down and run it (test). Every language have its own IDE, (for example XAMPP for PHP and MySQL, Dev-C++ for C++, C)

The most basic tools are a source code editor and a compiler or interpreter, which are used ubiquitously and continuously. Other tools are used more or less depending on the language, development methodology, and individual engineer, and are often used for a discrete task, like a
debugger or profiler

4. Learn from experts

There is so much we want to learn with our limited time! I understand. There is this notion, that the more information you have the more success you will likely record. That is the truth, no doubt. But time is not on our side and can’t neither be increased or modified.

So to effectively learn much with your limited time, you must approach learning with strategies that will work for you. I will be sharing in this post top approach to fast learning that have work for others.

It never hurts to have the guidance of experts when you take a go at any new form of programming. You don’t want to start off on the wrong foot and be forced to confront serious problems from the beginning.

5. Spend time to code

Be patient! Yes, you should be patient when learning programming language. Sometimes, you will be getting errors which are definitely from you. When you get error, try to check your code very careful. Try to look around you and find out how can coding help you solve your daily life problems. Don’t give up earlier, always remember “The error itself is a knowledge” – Mohiddeen Ahmad

There is a theory that if you want to be really good at something like programming, it takes 10,000 hours to master it. I am not sure that I agree with the exact number -- for some people, I would imagine it is less -- but the point is that if you are passionate about programming and/or want to get really good at it, you will just have to make time for it.

For me, coding and thinking are intertwined. I am sure there are some artists or writers or cake decorators or architects or doctors or whoever, who plan out their work in their heads and then realise it in a separate ‘implementation process,’ but I am not one of those people. I think with my fingers. Programming IS thinking, just as brushing paint onto a canvas IS painting.

Sometimes during programming I will become aware that I have to refactor something or make large structural changes. So I just do it, and clean up as I go. Later, I may have to change it further, or even change it back, so then I’ll do that. I always keep my code as clean as possible so it is usually fairly simple to make changes, even big ones

6. Define your project

Certainly, most newbie programmers defines their project when learning. Defining a project is very important, it’ll let you define your mission in programming. What are you going to develop?

In contemporary business and science , a project is an individual or collaborative enterprise, possibly involving research or design, that is carefully planned, usually by a project team, to achieve a particular aim. A project may also be a set of interrelated tasks to be executed over a fixed period and within certain cost and other limitations. Now, in programming life a project is a planned programme to archive a particular aim.

Pick a small project to start out with. Building a static web page and getting it online is a good starting place to learn HTML and CSS.

See: 5 Reasons Why Python is Perfect for Beginners

7. Keep researching

Asks people about what you don’t know, research and ask experts. No arrogance in programming, and definitely it drives you go astray. Let assume that you are developing an android app, asks experts in that field to help you for some advices, what you don’t know, visit some questions and answer websites etc.

To keep doing what you love, you need to maintain your own systems, not just the ones you write code for. Regular exercise and proper nutrition help you learn, remember, concentrate, and be creative—skills critical to doing your job well. Learn how to change your work habits, master exercises that make working at a computer more comfortable, and develop a plan to keep fit, healthy, and sharp for years to come.

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