Home Learning: Computer Programming Resources

When learning computer programming, it is important to have solid resources to depend on in case you have questions or need guidance throughout the process. Resources include interpreters to read your written code, references for the syntax of your chosen language, and rules to go by in order to meet standards and create error-free and easy-to-understand code. It is important to follow these rules so that your code can be duplicated or edited by other programmers, and so that you can return to any code you have written and make corrections with ease.

HTML

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language, which is a standardized system for displaying elements in the requested format. This includes everything from simple fonts and images to hyperlinks, graphic effects, and even interactive media. It has been the core part of websites for decades, although many areas in which it was once used are now being filled by more complex programming languages.

Here are some resources that you can use to learn more about the HTML programming language:

CSS

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. With CSS, you can determine where and how HTML elements will be displayed relative to each other, as well as what the layout will look like for your website when you are done.

Helpful resources for CSS programming that are worth looking at include:

JavaScript/jQuery

JavaScript is an object-oriented language that is most often used to produce interactive effects that can be viewed on web pages. It is the foundation of many modern websites.

jQuery is a JavaScript library that simplifies event handling, HTML, Ajax interactions, and animations. This helps with speeding up website development and reduces some of the difficulty of Web 2.0 application development.

Helpful JavaScript and jQuery resources for learning how to use the language and library:

PHP

PHP originally meant Personal Home Page, but it is now Hypertext Preprocessor. This type of code can be embedded into HTML or used with various web template and content management systems as well as web frameworks.

Helpful PHP resources for anyone interested in learning more about the computer programming language:

Python

Python is a high-level language that is intended for general-purpose programming and scripting purposes. Python focuses on code readability and simplicity. Defining the correct use of whitespace is a part of its standard.

Helpful Python resources including an introduction and tutorials:

Ruby

Ruby is another scripting style language with reflective, dynamic, and object-oriented properties. It varies from other preferred languages yet does not sacrifice ease of writing or reading.

Helpful Ruby resources including a programmer’s guide and an introduction to the programming language:

Perl

Perl stands for Practical Extraction and Report Language. It is a programming language that was designed for processing text. Perl is a very popular language for creating CGI scripts, a standard way to conduct communication between a browser and a server.

Helpful Perl resources for anyone looking for tutorials or an introduction to the computer programming language:

.NET

Several languages have been implemented for use with Microsoft’s .NET framework and their associated development software, Visual Studio. Visual Basic .NET is a flexible object-oriented language that has evolved around the design of Visual Basic.

Helpful .NET resources for learning about the programming language:

Java

Java is also a general-purpose object-orientated language. It is most notably designed to be a class-based language, focusing on concurrency. Java was designed to have very few or even no dependencies upon implementation and runs within its own virtual machine as opposed to the majority of other programming languages.

Helpful Java resources for learning how to use the programming language:

C/C++

C is at the very root of many operating systems and was once the most widely used programming language in the world. It is highly supported and is an imperative and structured language with error prevention primary in its philosophy. It is designed with structured programming in mind and allows the use of assembly language within it.

C++ is a hybrid language that is both procedural and object-oriented computer programming language.

Helpful C/C++ resources for anyone interested in learning more about the programming languages:

C#

C# is a hybrid of C and C++. It is a widely supported imperative language with many resources available. An object-orientated language, it is designed for use with XML-based web services on the .NET platform and is intended to improve development productivity for web applications.

Helpful C# resources worth checking out: