I'm interested in learning programming, where should I start?

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I am currently a sophomore in high school and I'm doing honors math and sciences. I really want to be a software engineer/programmer when I get older. I have tried taking some free courses online but they don't seem to teach c or c++ very well. Should I start learning programming now to get a little ahead

I am currently a sophomore in high school and I'm doing honors math and sciences. I really want to be a software engineer/programmer when I get older. I have tried taking some free courses online but they don't seem to teach c or c++ very well. Should I start learning programming now to get a little ahead before going to college? If yes, then how?

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Randy:
Yes definitely, if you want to start try a programming language like Visual Basic or C# first. Even though they are not as great, it's best for beginners to start here since it has more English syntax. After learning a good amount try going up and more advanced languages to learn such as Python, and then eventually C++ (don't learn C first, it will only confuse you more when trying to learn C++, and C is already in the C++ language so you don't have to learn C first)
John:
Different people will give different advice about which language is the best to learn first. All
will agree that what is really important is that you MAKE a selection and then stick to it. Lots of
people will tell you that it's the "wrong" language, that other languages are more cool, used more
widely, easier to learn, more powerful, etc. Don't listen. Learn that first damn language, and learn
it well. The others will be easier to learn, and you will learn other languages. Make a selection, or
forget about learning programming. Start by picking a language!
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> John (gnujohn)
EddieJ:
It is definitely a good idea to start learning ahead of time — provided you don't neglect your other courses.

You don't have to learn more than the basics of programming now, and you can do that with other languages.

There is a LOT of stuff on the web. So, if you are in honors classes then you should be able to find things on your own with online searches. Consider that a test. If you fail, then give up on becoming a programmer.

Brotacel:
Codecademy has courses on Python, Javascript and PHP. Also HTML and CSS and other stuff like that, but I would go for Python as it is used pretty often as a teaching programming language. Alternatively, go for Javascript. They will familiarise you with the concepts of programming(variables, functions, methods, objects, classes, control structures, types, etc) and you will have less of a hard time learning bloated languages like C++
SP Web:
For learning programming firstly you should start from c and c++. Because these two languages are the basic of programming.
Jones:
C++ is NOT the first language you should be learning – Iearned pascal in college as a first language
Ziff Spiffington:
C++ is NOT the first language you should be learning – Iearned pascal in college as a first language

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