You’re exited about computers, and would like to do more than just surf the web and play games? Then you are ready to start programming!
But how do you go about learning this?
There are a number of good guides on the web, that you can follow. Here are links to those, that I find especially good for absolute beginners:
There are many to choose from. Some are suited for special purposes, others are more general. Luckily a lot of the features, that you have already learned in the first guide, are shared between many programs, such as “if” and “while” statements.
This next guide will introduce you to Ruby, a general-purpose programming language, with which you will be able to go a long way. Just like the first guide, this is an interactive tutorial using a console on the screen. Enough said – go on and try it.
Install ruby on your own computer
Ok now you’ve been programming online on a webpage, so now it is time to do things on your own computer as well.
You need to install the Ruby Programming Language before you can do anything else. Luckily this is easy: Go to this website and follow the instructions. http://rubyinstaller.org
You will also need a good text-editor. Notepad simply doesn’t cut it. But you are in luck – the RubyInstaller also contains a good editor called SciTE. This is actually all that you need.
Now you are ready to start programming on your own computer. Go through this guide, which will also move you from the interactive prompt, that you’ve been familiarized with in the other guides, and onto creating text-files containing your progam.
Good luck! Let me know if you have any hardships, and I will gladly help you.