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Making the most of this course

From: Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals

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In some courses I teach, I'm really picky about what people already know and I often have formal lists of required knowledge. But this course is different and here I have three things that I just don't care about. Number one, I don't care if you have programmed before. We are starting from scratch, from the very beginning. If you've never written a line of code in your life, no problem. If you don't even know where you begin to write a line of code, that's where we are starting. So if you have done some programming in the past, that's great.

Making the most of this course

In some courses I teach, I'm really picky about what people already know and I often have formal lists of required knowledge. But this course is different and here I have three things that I just don't care about. Number one, I don't care if you have programmed before. We are starting from scratch, from the very beginning. If you've never written a line of code in your life, no problem. If you don't even know where you begin to write a line of code, that's where we are starting. So if you have done some programming in the past, that's great.

Maybe you have written some code, you have picked things up along the way, you have read a couple of books, figured out a bunch of stuff on your own, but you are not quite sure you got the basics down. Well, this is the right place to review those fundamentals. Number two, I don't care whether you like to work on a Mac or Windows PC, a Linux box. It won't matter. I do expect you know your way around your computer and your chosen operating system. And number three, I don't care what your background is or what age you are.

Sure, I have taught programming to engineers. I've also taught it to English teachers, artists, nurses, people out of work. I have taught this stuff to kids under 10 and to people way past retirement. Now as we go through this course, don't worry about getting everything perfect. If you feel like you're picking up say 80% of things, pretty well, keep moving on. Programming is a deep subject and it rewards repeated exposure, so I invite you to come back to this course.

Even if you think you have picked up everything 100%, try some of it again in three months or six or a year and I guarantee you'll find new meanings and new things to pay attention to. So programming is a powerful skill, not just useful, not just good for your career, not just a moneymaker, but powerful. And what I want for you in this course is to start being a creator of programs and stop being just a user of them. So, let's begin with exactly what that means.

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Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals

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Simon Allardice
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  1. 4m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Making the most of this course
      2m 8s
    3. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 22m 11s
    1. What is programming?
      5m 45s
    2. What is a programming language?
      4m 48s
    3. Writing source code
      5m 34s
    4. Compiled and interpreted languages
      6m 4s
  3. 16m 29s
    1. Why JavaScript?
      4m 45s
    2. Creating your first program in JavaScript
      6m 54s
    3. Requesting input
      4m 50s
  4. 31m 38s
    1. Introduction to variables and data types
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding strong, weak, and duck-typed languages
      3m 51s
    3. Working with numbers
      5m 4s
    4. Using characters and strings
      4m 5s
    5. Working with operators
      4m 47s
    6. Properly using white space
      6m 46s
    7. Adding comments to code for human understanding
      1m 49s
  5. 24m 49s
    1. Building with the if statement
      7m 35s
    2. Working with complex conditions
      4m 10s
    3. Setting comparison operators
      6m 59s
    4. Using the switch statement
      6m 5s
  6. 17m 56s
    1. Breaking your code apart
      4m 1s
    2. Creating and calling functions
      2m 57s
    3. Setting parameters and arguments
      6m 7s
    4. Understanding variable scope
      2m 23s
    5. Splitting code into different files
      2m 28s
  7. 13m 32s
    1. Introduction to iteration
      4m 28s
    2. Writing a while statement
      5m 24s
    3. Creating a for loop
      3m 40s
  8. 19m 28s
    1. Cleaning up with string concatenation
      4m 30s
    2. Finding patterns in strings
      8m 3s
    3. Introduction to regular expressions
      6m 55s
  9. 19m 59s
    1. Working with arrays
      5m 47s
    2. Array behavior
      5m 29s
    3. Iterating through collections
      5m 18s
    4. Collections in other languages
      3m 25s
  10. 10m 50s
    1. Programming style
      5m 55s
    2. Writing pseudocode
      4m 55s
  11. 25m 55s
    1. Input/output and persistence
      3m 6s
    2. Reading and writing from the DOM
      8m 11s
    3. Event driven programming
      7m 47s
    4. Introduction to file I/O
      6m 51s
  12. 24m 26s
    1. Introduction to debugging
      5m 57s
    2. Tracing through a section of code
      7m 5s
    3. Understanding error messages
      3m 21s
    4. Using debuggers
      8m 3s
  13. 14m 17s
    1. Introduction to object-oriented languages
      5m 18s
    2. Using classes and objects
      6m 29s
    3. Reviewing object-oriented languages
      2m 30s
  14. 11m 14s
    1. Memory management across languages
      5m 11s
    2. Introduction to algorithms
      4m 2s
    3. Introduction to multithreading
      2m 1s
  15. 29m 20s
    1. Introduction to languages
      1m 42s
    2. C-based languages
      4m 40s
    3. The Java world
      3m 13s
    4. .NET languages: C# and Visual Basic .NET
      6m 17s
    5. Ruby
      3m 4s
    6. Python
      2m 56s
    7. Objective-C
      4m 3s
    8. Libraries and frameworks
      3m 25s
  16. 1m 2s
    1. Where to go from here
      1m 2s

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