How to start programming for beginners: techniques and languages

It’s good to be a programmer – they are payed good, and the profession is considered prestigious. At the same time, despite the crisis, the number of vacancies for programmers is not reduced. That’s why there are many people willing to have a career of a programmer. But each of them faces a difficult choice – where and how to start programming? Here is a list of stages in the studying of programming languages for beginners.


Start with drag and drop-programming

“Drag and drop” is a basic technique that allows you not to write the code manually, but create it by combining blocks or other visual elements. As Heidi Partovi a co-founder of says, in this case it is easier to understand the basics of programming, without the risk of getting lost in the language itself. “If you’ve learned the basics, using drag and drop, you’ll immediately want to study the language itself,” – he said. There are many applications that will help you with drag and drop-in programming. For example: MIT ScratchCode StudioGoogle Blockly.

Python programming language as a starter

Partovi considers Python to be one of the easiest languages for beginners, because it focused less on the syntax: if you forget brackets or mix up a couple of semicolons, it will not lead to a big problem, as in the other programming languages.

JavaScript – one of the most useful languages

It’s not as easy as Python, but works with any platform – Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and others. Any web browser, and even innovative new gadgets such as “smart” watches use JavaScript for different purposes.

After JavaScript try Ruby and Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails – a great tool that can help you with backend-aspect of programming. Ruby – is the language in which they write scripts, and Ruby on Rails – is a web framework written in this language. Ruby on Rails was created by a Danish programmer David Heinemeier Hansson in the process of working on a popular application Basecamp.

There are also such resources for the studying of Ruby:  Software Engineering for SaaS  on Coursera, Rubykoans, online courses  Rails for zombies,  why’s (poignant) Guide to Ruby, the book s Design patterns in Ruby, Rails Antipatterns , The Well-grounded Rubyist by David Black, The RSpec book and the most interesting – Ruby under the Microscrope, The Clean Ruby.

Also, if you are interested in web programming, it may be useful to get acquainted  with layout, in particular – with the HTML language, which is responsible for how a website looks, while, programming languages are responsible for the operation of all interactive components (eg, those that work when you click on a button on a site).


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