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Old May 8th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Learning to program for Mac and/or iOS. The official thread.

Well, I've signed up for some programming courses (online) from Conestoga College, my local community college. I've always kind of wanted to try it, and I just want to take some courses to see if it's for me. Maybe I won't like it, maybe it'll be a fun hobby, maybe years down the road, I'll maybe be able to make a fun little app.

First up, is a course of "Programming for Beginners", which is a basic introduction to C, then if that goes well, a more formal course on C.

Xcode is downloaded and installed. The course just requires a C compiler. Xcode seems VERY daunting at first glance, but I'll just take it slow, and enjoy the process of learning.

I know there are lot of Mac programmers here on ehMac, so perhaps there will be some that will lend a hand, and I'll be like a sponge for any advice.

I have no delusions this will be easy. As they say, "What's the best way to eat an elephant?.... One bite at a time."

Should be fun!
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Old May 8th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #2
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Well, I've signed up for some programming courses (online) from Conestoga College, my local community college. I've always kind of wanted to try it, and I just want to take some courses to see if it's for me. Maybe I won't like it, maybe it'll be a fun hobby, maybe years down the road, I'll maybe be able to make a fun little app.

First up, is a course of "Programming for Beginners", which is a basic introduction to C, then if that goes well, a more formal course on C.

Xcode is downloaded and installed. The course just requires a C compiler. Xcode seems VERY daunting at first glance, but I'll just take it slow, and enjoy the process of learning.

I know there are lot of Mac programmers here on ehMac, so perhaps there will be some that will lend a hand, and I'll be like a sponge for any advice.

I have no delusions this will be easy. As they say, "What's the best way to eat an elephant?.... One bite at a time."

Should be fun!
Trust me, Mr. Mayor. If yours truly could earn a living as a computer programmer, anybody can.

You will enjoy it. My only advice is to make sure your "honey do" list is taken care of before you sit down to program. Time has a habit of slipping away when you put your fingers on the keyboard.

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Old May 8th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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I would say a good couple or three courses in C or C++would do wonders to open your eyes as to how apps are created. The knowledge you learn from C/C++ and the variants will transfer well to Java and even somewhat to web app scripts.
Enjoy the feeling when you get a program made that does something.
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Well, I've signed up for some programming courses (online) from Conestoga College, my local community college. I've always kind of wanted to try it, and I just want to take some courses to see if it's for me. Maybe I won't like it, maybe it'll be a fun hobby, maybe years down the road, I'll maybe be able to make a fun little app.
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I have no delusions this will be easy. As they say, "What's the best way to eat an elephant?.... One bite at a time."

Should be fun!
Congrats Mayor!!! Nothing like getting into some Mac programming stuff (as if I would know how) and maybe like working on your car to at least change the oil and/or the spark plugs - whoops, most recent cars don't even use $5.00 sparkplugs now but $500.00 electronic modules to do basically the same thing.

I can visualize your fist programme now when you click on it to open and are greeted to a nice window with - Welcome World.

A nice greeting regardless I must admit.
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Textbook arrived in the mail today.

Course starts tomorrow. Very excited to start something new. I got my official "Student ID" number in the email yesterday. All I need to do is buy some new clothes and get a new lunchpail.
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Textbook arrived in the mail today.

Course starts tomorrow. Very excited to start something new. I got my official "Student ID" number in the email yesterday. All I need to do is buy some new clothes and get a new lunchpail.
One with a Thermos, I hope.
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My friend asked me, if the course is just online, where am I supposed to play hacky-sack?
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