Beginner to Programming

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by firetone, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2007

    i have no coding experience and am wondering which coding langage is best to start on? I will be using x code 3 on leopard.

    to start off with i will be coding for simple programs however in the long term I am looking to eventually code for artificial intelligence and possibly some simple robots.

    any help would be appreciated :)

  2. macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    I'd recommend Ruby or Python. Andy Matuschak makes some nice points about Ruby (in the context of machine learning, even) here

    Javascript and Actionscript are also rather nice, but the internet has both a lot of ill-informed distaste for them, and a lot of really bad tutorials, so it might be a bit tricky to avoid being given bad info.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2007
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Here is a very good programming tutorial for C. If you know C you are well on your way to at least a basic understanding of the vast majority of programming languages out there.

    I should probably point out that there are one or two errors and it is a pretty old tutorial (some things will be different now). But for learning it is good enough, at least it is as good as what I originally started with.
  5. macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2007
    I use to be a Windows Programmer, Coding C++ and eventually going to start WinAPI, but it's really gay. Now that I have a Mac I'm looking into programming with the Cocoa framework in Objective-C.

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