[Linux-aus] Computer Programming Courses in Adelaide?

Paul Wayper paul.wayper at anu.edu.au
Mon Sep 25 08:45:02 UTC 2006

Tim Ansell wrote:
> We would prefer an open source language like Python or PHP. Java would
> be a last choice.
Are the online tutorials not enough?

My preferred way to learn a new language is to reimplement some
well-known wheel in it.  Pick something that you can start small and
work upward, adding new features and ideas and making it more complex. 
Pick a problem that solves a need you have now (rather than, say, a
widget sales department or Third-Order Chebyshev Filter resistor
calculator).  Write it in two or three different ways - an array-based
implementation, one using string storage, and one using files, for
instance.  Follow the (online) tutorials but apply the knowledge to your
own problem.

The only reason to do a training course, IMNSHO, is to get a certificate
at the end.  You can learn the same stuff just as well online or from a
book, these days.

Have fun,


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