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A former member
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Scratch (intro to programming for children and happy adults):­
And the projects that the Sukrupa http://www.sukrupa.or...­ kids I and my ThoughtWorks University classmates worked with made:­

App Inventor (looks like Scratch but makes basic Android apps!) http://appinventor.go...­

Ruby Koans (a good introduction to Ruby syntax and logic for people who have played in the terminal a little)­
Python Koans (a copy in Python- very similar except for folder structure) http://python-koans.a...­

Euler problems - my favorite self-teaching aid- miniprojects to implement in any language you want... http://projecteuler.n...­
A former member
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Another resource I mentioned:

Code School: http://www.codeschool...­ Includes tutorials on Rails and jQuery (with HTML5 and CSS coming soon!)

More to come soon.
A former member
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Here are links to resources I mentioned last night and some other supplementary links:

For a general overview of the web, from history to how HTTP works, visit 20 Things I Learned About the Web from the good folks at Google. It's a fun introduction, and if you visit it in a very modern browser like Chrome, you can get a feel for all the neat effects that HTML5 can produce.

HTML Dog -­ - My go-to reference for HTML tags and CSS properties. It also contains some structured tutorials that you can follow along with.

Mozilla Developer Network -­ - A reference for HTML, CSS, and (especially good for) Javascript.

Stack Overflow -­ - A question-and-answer format site that's skewed a little more towards programming, but you can find discussion and answers on an extremely wide range of subjects, from basic HTML to advanced programming languages.

Two full-fledged curricula for front end development can be found at Google - HTML, CSS, and Javascript from the Ground Up - and from Opera - Opera Web Standards Curriculum. These are more comprehensive, structured introductions.

Dive Into HTML5 is a very well-written (imo) online book that discusses all the new features that HTML5 is bringing with it.

For a tangential discussion on why w3schools is not a good web resource, you can visit,­ a site that was built by developers in the front-end community as an effort to champion better resources for web developers.

There's a lot of material online for learning, and I hope these links are useful! :)
user 14431774
Chicago, IL
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Graphical Java programming for beginners http://www.greenfoot....­

The most beautiful Ruby book http://mislav.uniqpat...­

Firefox's tools for learning html http://hackasaurus.or...­

MIT open courses: 6.189 A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python is terrific:­­

This one also looks good, but a little more technically complex:­
Ruthie W.
user 13399080
Chicago, IL
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Hi Everybody

It's Ruthie from the last meet up...

If you need manual for most of these programs.....books are great reference.

Try searching on

I've gotten good JQuery, JavaScript, etc. manual from here.

Thanks for all of the resources.

Email me anytime...
A former member
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One of the best ways to learn is by doing, so if you're looking for some project ideas to start hacking on, here's an article listing some ideas:­

I think the todo list project and the blog projects are good archetypal projects to start with if you are a true beginner.
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