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Old March 9th, 2010, 08:26 PM
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Default help me find a roadmap in this wonderland

well it is hard to find a startpoint for what i wanna say. i know programmers are ultimately divided in two groups, system programmers and application programmers. let's say i am going through system programming by developing kernel and maybe designing compilers as well. now the problem is how much should i know about assembly language and machine architecture and cpu and how to gather and integrate all those information?
as the second problem according to the topic of current thread and by imagining that i wanna exprience application programming it is really confusing to decide wethere to choose java technology or microsoft technologies for example. and generally to choose between many choces in databese systems,in programming langs,in kinds of applications to write and many other items specially when you wanna go through networking and cisco certifications. can we correlate cisco certifications like ccie with software engineering methods?
and as the last subject to point i dont really want to be a programmer that consumes classes by that i mean for example when i use System.writln()
method it is bothering for me just to use it by not knowing how it does its job internally and i wanna know how these i/o or other classes really work. please help me find my roadmap inside all these incoherent demands.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 12:30 AM
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My first reaction to your post was that I was put off by the somewhat rambling nature and the syntax and grammar. But, on re-reading it, I realized that you are asking some really interesting, perhaps even profound, questions. What I interpret the main gist of your post is, "How do people learn to be programmers?" I could answer by outlining my development, but there is always the somewhat trite and useless, but also profound, answer, "Everyone's experiences are, like the individuals themselves, uniquely different."

You may be the inspiration I needed to develop a web page on learning computer science.

For every programmer I have known, the first step in learning to program is to learn some programming language. I recommend getting a computer set up with Linux. That will enable you to get free software for programming. I would recommend getting Kernighan and Ritchie, The C Programming Language, Second Edition, and use it to learn C. C is showing its age, but is still the most portable language in the known universe.
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