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Hi-- I've never programmed before, aside from html and javascript. I was wondering which language should i learn? I have xcode on my powerbook but i'm still remotely new to OS X. Thanks for your input. -Brian...

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    Hi--
    I've never programmed before, aside from html and javascript. I was
    wondering which language should i learn? I have xcode on my powerbook
    but i'm still remotely new to OS X. Thanks for your input.

    -Brian

    Brian Guest

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    On Tue, 22 Jun 2004 21:05:59 GMT, Brian Martin
    <com> wrote: 

    I'm biased but I think Python is one of, if not the, best intros
    to programming. The language is simple but powerful but even ,ore
    important it has a huge amount of material for beginners and a
    lively, friendly and most importantly, a tolerant user community.
    There is even a dedicated mailing list for newbies.

    And since you obviously have a Mac with Panther you already have
    it installed!

    Try typing Python in a Terminal session, then mosey on over to
    www.python.org and look under the newbies page for many tutorials
    including mine (see .sig :-)

    Oh yes, and there are Cocoa bindings for Python if you want to
    get into MacOS programming, but more importantly Python is quite
    a good foundation for moving to Objective C (Cocoa's native
    tongue!) later.

    HTH

    Alan G.
    Author of the Learn to Program website
    http://www.freenetpages.co.uk/hp/alan.gauld
    Alan Guest

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    Thanks for the suggestion. That website is a great resource.

    --Brian

    Brian Guest

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    If you want a great introduction to Cocoa programming, check out Aaron
    Hillegass' book "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (Second Edition)."

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321213149/

    It's a great read, and it will get you into Objective-C & XCode. Since
    you already have it on your system, it's a natural path for you.

    Hope this helps, and have fun!

    -Evan
    Evan Guest

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    On 23 Jun 2004, Evan Stone wrote: 

    I doubt it.

    I agree, Hillegass's book is good, especially for someone who's an
    experienced programmer. But the OP is a fellow who's only worked with
    "HTML and javascript", and I suspect he'd have a hard time with that
    book, at least as a first book.

    joe
    Joe Guest

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    Brian <com> wrote in message news:<2004062218580216807%brianmartingmailcom>... 

    If you decide to go the python route (which is what I would suggest) look at:

    Non-Programmers Tutorial For Python
    http://honors.montana.edu/~jjc/easytut/easytut/
    Michael Guest

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