Programing guide

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by cubone12, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. cubone12

    cubone12 Newbie

    Mar 21, 2010
    United States
    Could anybody link me to a good programing tutorial or guid or something like that.
    Thanks cubone12
  2. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

    Apr 25, 2008
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    Oh look, this thread again!

    First, you've got to tell us what kind of programming you want to do, because there is no general programming tutorial out there, since there are so many platforms and languages to program in/for.
  3. wasim

    wasim ♫ Music addict ♫

    Nov 13, 2010
    Wrong section,

  4. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    Oct 27, 2002
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    You are not posting a FAQ or a guide to help other users, it's a request to get help from other users so you should ask in the computer forum, not the guide forum.

    Wasim, just make a report so a mod can move it to the correct forum.
    I reported it, as I don't have power here.
    It will be moved soon.
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  5. wasim

    wasim ♫ Music addict ♫

    Nov 13, 2010
    okAY. :)

    TBH i didn't know about that.
  6. Jamstruth

    Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

    Apr 23, 2009
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    There can be no general programming guide. There are a load of different languages with different syntax, different styles of programming (e.g. object oriented programming) and different applications.
  7. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    The best programming guide I've ever come across was built into a certain game about brains.

    A good place to start to learn basic programming (if you can call it that) is the HTML guide at Once you learn how HTML builds websites, you can move onto other object-based programming languages. That or just pick up a C++ for dummies book and work through the material in that.

    In short, pick a language, buy the book, start playing around.
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  8. Tom Bombadildo

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    I forgot
    If you want to learn something really simple (yet still powerful in it's own way) go for Visual Basic. I am currently enrolled in a class for VB in my high school and it is just the easiest thing to learn. After that I'd suggest going to either Python, C++, C, or Java.
  9. Rydian

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    Feb 4, 2010
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  10. Ammako

    Ammako GBAtemp Guru

    Dec 22, 2009
    Not to be a dick, but if you want to learn programming, you're going to need proper spelling, because one single misspelled word in a piece of code can render the whole program unusable.
    Keep that in mind.
  11. purplesludge

    purplesludge anyone have any ideas for this space

    Mar 2, 2009
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    Don't forget whitespace, case sensitivity, special characters, etc
  12. I am r4ymond

    I am r4ymond PFE

    Sep 18, 2009
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    Try this website: I've seen it in these forums before, so I thought I'd bookmark it when the day comes for me to try computer programming. There's C, C#, C++ and more. I heard that the guy making those video tutorials quit his other jobs and dedicated his time to making video tutorials only.
  13. The Real Jdbye

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    Java is a good place to start. It's easy to program for and cross platform.
  14. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
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    Actually, if you are going to make a coding mistake, spelling errors are the best kind because the compiler will catch them immediately thus making them trivial to correct (and sometimes even link you straight to the error i.e. devkitPro).

    The worst type of errors are logic errors because the compiler will happily accept and run them without complaint in most cases. It can then take hours or days to find the problem depending on the type of mistake and the size of the program.

    For instance, I once wrote a GBA program that was working fine on real hardware and Desmume, but crashed on gPSP Kai at random intervals. I searched for the error off and on for about a week until I just gave up and moved on. By accident one day while messing around, I found the my mistake: I simply over-assigned a single array by a single byte (a buffer overflow). The upper bound of the var. assignment loop that I typed was the one I meant to type, I was just careless in choosing the value. A logical, not spelling, error.

    I'm not trying to encourage the OP to be a bad speller, but it's really more for establishing credibility while communicating with an audience (i.e. internet forums, teachers, or hiring managers) than a do-or-die requirement for good programming. In conclusion, spelling is still definitely an important part of other aspects of your life, so take it seriously, okay? :)
  15. Rydian

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    ... unless you're in a loosely-typed language. Then they're a bitch.
  16. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    It's all fun and dandy that people give the OP links to certain more or less advanced guides, but we ought to also ask what he actually wants to program.

    As it was mentioned before, there are the questions of language, platform and, well, the target application that we want to program. With general knowledge about programming, you won't ammount to much, meaning that you'll end up programming an Adder or something like it. What the OP should consider is making a definite choice as to what he's going to program, for what and with what language.

    A C/C++ video game for the DS will inheritently have a different structure than a Java application for a mobile phone.

    For a considerable period of time, BASIC was the language most commonly chosen by beginners. Nowadays it shifted a tier higher, to C and C++, and this is what I'm recommending aswell, as you can use C and C++ on just about any popular platform without much issues. Moreover, the structure of those languages is very straight-forward. You don't even have to know the particular details about the Standard library to actually program something - you have Intellisense for that.

    Thing is, a structure of a C or C++ application can easily be "drawn" on a piece of paper - it's easy to draw a block scheme for it and it's easy to describe it on a piece of paper aswell, even without comments in the code (unless it's purposely ambiguous).

    If you will end up choosing C or C++, I recommend to you: - a fantastic library refference that contains all the possible functions. Each function has a little programming example attached to it, as well as functions similar to the one in question mentioned in the appendix. It's a really, really useful tool when you're not quite sure "how" to do something but you know what exactly has to be done.
  17. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
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    I am thinking of writing a simple html, css and php/mysql tutorial that would enable people to make dynamic (not with javascript or jquery though) pages. it will be simple and short but practical and depthy.

    if u think its a good idea then please visit this thread and give ur opinion