Beginner to Software Engineering

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by arcadehj2000, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. arcadehj2000 macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm thinking about going to into software engineering but I have no knowledge on programming.
    The introductory courses that my school has to offer deal with Java, but I'm wondering if anyone could advise me on what language to learn over the summer if I'm to go into software engineering and if anyone has any books they'd recommend me.
    Thanks.
     
  2. GorillaPaws macrumors 6502a

    GorillaPaws

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    If your program is based around Java, I would definitely get a head start learning that language now, so you can "hit the ground running" so-to-speak. I'm sure you will get several book recommendations from other users. There's a lot to take in when learning to program, so feeling comfortable with the syntax before starting will be a big benefit as things tend to move quickly.
     
  3. lee1210 macrumors 68040

    lee1210

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    If you want to be a software engineer you need to know how to learn, how to solve problems, communicate clearly, and on a good day write some code. The syntax of a single language is pretty insignificant compared to everything else you'll need. Start reading about algorithms and discrete math. Having a firm basis in complexity, logic proofs, etc. will serve you well in every program you write in any language.

    Good luck!

    -Lee

    also: data structures
     
  4. arcadehj2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, thanks a lot for the input.

    Any specific books you guys could recommend for me?
    I really prefer books over internet tutorials.
     
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