Re: Learning to code on the cheap

Subject: Re: Learning to code on the cheap
From: Susan W. Gallagher <sgallagher5 -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 13:58:56 -0400


Start first by learning OO concepts at the 20,000 foot level.
For free, see my paper, "Oh, oh! The Job Ad Says OO" at:
(browse to whitepapers)

After that, spend some money on _Designing Object-Oriented
Software_, Rebecca Wrifs-Brock, ISBN 0-13-629825-7

Then, for free, go to and download
_Thinking in C++_ and/or _Thinking in Java_ in your favorite
format. Both books are free for download, can also be
purchased, and are excellent introductions to the languages.

And, if you can, I strongly recommend you go to the local
junior college and take a one-semester "intro to OO
programming" class. It will help a lot!

-Sue Gallagher

> From: Karen Casemier <karen -dot- casemier -at- provia -dot- com>

> To make a long story short, I'm getting involved with more under-the-hood
> type of documentation at my company (software)... and now realize there are several other manuals
> that could use some more technical detail as well. Some of these documents
> are for internal use only, so they are specifically geared to a developer
> audience, while others are geared at a system admin-type user audience.

> ...I don't want to become a coder, but I'd like to build up my technical
> knowledge so I can become more self-sufficient... do I start by trying to build a
> general understanding of programming, or do I just jump and try and learn a
> language (currently I'm working in C++...


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