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I'm thinking of getting into software development! Where do I Start?

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  • Jon W.

    This "sponsored" posting appeared in LinkedIn this morning, but it is relevant to another topic discussed last Tuesday evening regarding "formal education (i.e. college degrees) vs. self-taught with on-the-job experience."

    "In IT hiring, compare tech training to experience"
    By Jeremy Lesniak - Tech Page One September[masked]

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really great to meet all of you guys. I appreciate all of your inputs, and will use it to help me decide which direction I'm going to take, i.e. which language I am going to start with. Hopefully, by our next meetup, I will be a bit more of an informed, active participant. You guys really made me feel comfortable, though. I didn't feel out of place at all. You're all great, and I look forward to the next meetup.

    2 · September 25, 2013

  • Jon W.

    Some free training sources discussed: W3 Schools, Codeacademy, Stanford Classes, Learn to code the Hard way, Khan Academy, Treehouse.

    Some free tools mentioned: Eclipse, Express versions of Microsoft Visual Studio, Notepad++.

    Some languages mentioned: Java, HTML5, Javascript, C++, PHP, C#,, Objective C, Ruby on Rails, Python.

    September 25, 2013

    • Jon W.

      Forgot to mention: Local User's Groups... :-)

      September 25, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Good questions and discussions. Looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

    September 25, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Web technologies are a great choice for cross compatibility, and are always being updated and improved. (Example a node based webgl video editor - I recommend starting out with HTML as it's a markup language hence hypertext markup language. Less than and greater than signs are used for markup. <article></article>

    Once the understanding of HTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) the understanding of the constructs of elements, and attributes becomes easier overtime, and eventually easier to move into JavaScript and manipulate objects dynamically. is a web developer information website, with tutorials and references relating to web development topics such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and SQL.
    The site derives its name from the abbreviation for the World Wide Web; W3 is a numeronym of WWW.
    NOTE: W3Schools is not affiliated with the W3C.

    September 24, 2013

  • Michael S.

    I've used TideSDK for desktop compiling html apps, however I use the Filereader API a lot for various editors I make, and so far it doesn't support the Filereader API, not even with an iFrame. So as an alternative. You can run web apps as desktop apps using WebItWidget - however this app doesn't allow compiling. (It's just a web browser running the firefox rendering engine, customized to give the illusion it's a windows app)

    PhoneGap/Cordova is most commonly used to compile web based applications (even HTML5) as a native Android, iOS, BlackBerry app, and more, witch tons of potential and hardware/software accessibility.

    CodePen ( is a great site for beginner, intermediate, and expert designers/developers. With live code editing/debugging using CodeMirror, it's an amazing application with tons of potential. (Similar to Github -

    September 24, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Can't make this months meeting. StackOverflow is a great questions and answers site that's incredibly helpful (Python, PHP, AJAX, C++, VB.NET, etc:).

    2 · September 24, 2013

  • Joe S.

    I just found this group. I was hoping I could make it to this months meeting, but it's just not going to work this time. Looking forward to attending next months meeting. Any chance we'll see some more powershell in the near future?

    September 17, 2013

    • Jon W.


      September 24, 2013

  • Sarah H.

    Hi, My husband Paul will likely be the one attending. However, he won't be able to get there until around 7 pm. Is that ok?

    September 19, 2013

    • Michael H.

      That'll be just fine -- we'll probably be taking a pizza break about that point anyway.

      1 · September 19, 2013

    • Jon W.

      Ditto what Michael said; you'll have to call us via the phone in the lobby so we can buzz you into the building.

      September 24, 2013

  • Steve P.

    I liked the Stanford CS106A/B courses you can access online. Free lectures, handouts, assignments, etc., gives a pretty good entry point to know what you'd be getting into. CS106A uses Java and CS106B uses C++. and I also found this article fascinating, I just came across it a few days ago:

    Looking forward to this, should be a great evening!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Marv and San S.

    Of course, for a freebie,
    is not bad!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Marv and San S.

    Start with
    Get the e-book, and begin!
    The best durn C++ course I've seen yet.

    1 · September 15, 2013

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