We are all fascinated with the things computers can do nowadays. Right from weather forecasting to animated movies, computers are everywhere. There are lots of programming involved in every computer application which we see in everyday life. Programming can be learnt by anyone and it is not necessary to be a genius for it, of course being a genius helps, but it is not necessary. Anyone with an access to a computer and some spare time can learn the art and science of programming while a diploma or degree in programming can make the process of learning faster and the programmer will be hence treated as a ‘qualified’ one.
It can be just as a hobby or you might want to take it up as a full time profession. Whatever the reason may be, there are few steps which will help you get started in the world of programming. If looking for a career in programming, then you need to focus on such programming skills and languages which the job market is currently demanding and which makes you desirable for hiring. However, if you are learning programming just as a hobby, you can be a little casual in your approach and learn few selected things which interest you. Perhaps you want to create your own website or you want to create your own little computer game, the reasons for learning programming are as vast as the applications of computers are.
The resources such as time, money, books, etc. are very important and you need to invest in all of these. If you have access to college classes and discussion groups it will definitely increase your pace of learning. But whatever resources may be available to you, if you have the motivation to learn programming, you definitely can achieve your goal. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Now for getting started, start with something quite easy. You might want to take up programming for software you already use such as VB for Microsoft word. And the greatest tool which you have available with you is the internet. The internet is full of resources about free programming stuff which you can download. You can download Ruby languages and VB.NET and C# and can started in the world of programming. Computer programming is nothing but the sets of instruction given to the computers in the machine language (binary language) which helps them to interpret a given task and perform it as per the program written. Thus you can experiment with the resources given on the internet and can start learning the programming language of your choice. You can vary your pace as per the time available to you. It is not going to be easy, there are going to be hurdles which you need to cross and sometimes problems may seem insurmountable, but you have to persist and carry on forward. Your success will definitely pay off when you write your first piece of code and the amount of satisfaction it will give to you will be enthralling.
It is time to move on and take your objective a step further. You may want to collect resources in the form of used books or downloading material from the internet. You can also enroll at your local college and take courses on programming. There are also various discussion forums in various cities where like minded people gather and discuss their ideas about programming and share their experiences and knowledge. Though all the languages and all the topics may not be covered, this is also a useful resource worth to be tapped so that you get some real time experience.
Programming can be fun, challenging and creative too. So take the bull by its horns and start right away, the time is now and the opportunities are endless.