RE: Learning to code on the cheap

Subject: RE: Learning to code on the cheap
From: "Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 20:11:42 -0700

I'm in a similar position, and after consulting with a programmer friend
who can also think like a non-programmer, we found the book "Java2, A
Beginner's Guide" by Herbert Schildt.

This book assumes zero programming experience and has numerous training
mechanisms built into the texts (self-tests, practice, goals, etc.). I
have not read the whole thing but so far so good.

Even though I've worked with programmers/DBAs/network guys for years and
am fairly technical, there are some fundamental concepts that I'm just
missing, so I wanted something that would give me a good, solid
foundation. I've checked many of the resources recommended to you today
at various points and I find that they all assume prior experience, so
the very basics go unexplained.

HTH! Please share back to the list which resources you find most


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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-53104 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Karen
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 10:19 AM
Subject: Learning to code on the cheap

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. I would do a google
search, but I'm not quite sure where to start: 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++, but that will be
changing - and other products are written in other languages). I'd like
to hear from other technical writers who work at this level about how
they gained the knowledge they needed. Online resources, books, specific
training - whatever. Cheap or free is best, but if there is a great
course out there that can really get me well started, I might be able to
get it approved.


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