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For My Kid [message #1033298] Thu, 04 April 2013 04:41 Go to next message
Gina OBanion is currently offline Gina OBanionFriend
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My 13 yo son is above average intelligence, loves tech, hates school, I don't want him living in my basement when he's 30. He is interested in learning to code but I am not knowledgeable in the subject. Is this the right place to start? We live in a small town with no local support on computer science or engineering. He tested to enroll in advanced placement in school but was worried he would be labeled a nerd, so we declined. My only option for now is to find resources on line to learn coding myself as a sort of homeschool. I can learn almost anything from reading and pictorial example. (So can my son) Where do we start?
Re: For My Kid [message #1034732 is a reply to message #1033298] Fri, 05 April 2013 20:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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On 4/5/2013 1:14 PM, Gina OBanion wrote:
> My 13 yo son is above average intelligence, loves tech, hates school, I
> don't want him living in my basement when he's 30. He is interested in
> learning to code but I am not knowledgeable in the subject. Is this the
> right place to start? We live in a small town with no local support on
> computer science or engineering. He tested to enroll in advanced
> placement in school but was worried he would be labeled a nerd, so we
> declined. My only option for now is to find resources on line to learn
> coding myself as a sort of homeschool. I can learn almost anything from
> reading and pictorial example. (So can my son) Where do we start?

Okay, this isn't exactly the place to start, but if you're directed
toward Java, which is an excellent language in which to do software
engineering, Eclipse is a good choice. There are lots of questions to
answer first.

It's really helpful to already have a direction in mind. Does he want to
do hand-held apps (for Android)? Does he want to write Windows programs
(you might want to check out Visual Studio and C#)?

If you just want to get your feet wet with Eclipse, I would suggest you
take a look at http://www.vogella.de and try out some of the very first
tutorials. They will explain how to install Eclipse.

This forum is for questions about installing and using Eclipse. If you
choose Java and if you have language questions (so, not about Eclipse
per se, but about Java and programming in general), you should become
acquainted with javaranch.com, jguru.com and stackoverflow.com.

If you don't know where to go, go ahead and ask here. We'll try to steer
you aright.

Best of luck!
Re: For My Kid [message #1035557 is a reply to message #1034732] Sun, 07 April 2013 03:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Danilo Becerra is currently offline Danilo BecerraFriend
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You should support him in everything he likes, greetings!
Re: For My Kid [message #1040118 is a reply to message #1033298] Sat, 13 April 2013 03:48 Go to previous message
Rusi Mody is currently offline Rusi ModyFriend
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Gina OBanion wrote on Thu, 04 April 2013 00:41
My 13 yo son is above average intelligence, loves tech, hates school, I don't want him living in my basement when he's 30. He is interested in learning to code but I am not knowledgeable in the subject. Is this the right place to start? We live in a small town with no local support on computer science or engineering. He tested to enroll in advanced placement in school but was worried he would be labeled a nerd, so we declined. My only option for now is to find resources on line to learn coding myself as a sort of homeschool. I can learn almost anything from reading and pictorial example. (So can my son) Where do we start?


Eclipse is an extremely powerful system.
And also formidable (it is intimidating to me after programming for 30 years).

For a young person I'd suggest something lightweight to start with like python and if you are visual as you describe then maybe a turtle graphics system like pynguin.

Once that is under your belt you can move to something more powerful like pydev (eclipse for python)
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