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    New to programming


    Hello,

    My name is Michael and i am new to the land of programming.
    I am also a University of Maryland student and my degree path is software engineering with a minor in cyber security. I am a first year student and so eager to absorb everything i can in this huge field of programming.

    I have some basic questions i am sure you guys have answered a TON of times...

    1. I am currently working with C# in class and i think its great beginner high level programming language to master. I am looking to buy some development tools to assist me in my code'ing and maybe start squirreling around with other ideas.

    2. Are there any magazines i could subscribe to that has some good reading regarding the land of programming?

    3. What text editors do you use to write your code? i currently use note pad or word pad.

    Thanks
    Michael
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    3. What text editors do you use to write your code? i currently use note pad or word pad.
    Pretty much anything capable of editing text is better for writing code than those two programs. On Windows, you could look at Notepad++.

    2. Are there any magazines i could subscribe to that has some good reading regarding the land of programming?
    Not that I know of

    1. I am currently working with C# in class and i think its great beginner high level programming language to master. I am looking to buy some development tools to assist me in my code'ing and maybe start squirreling around with other ideas.
    If your focus is on C# you might want to look at Visual Studio. Many universities have deals with Microsoft that will give you free access to it, I would check into this if I were you.
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    1. I am currently working with C# in class and i think its great beginner high level programming language to master. I am looking to buy some development tools to assist me in my code'ing and maybe start squirreling around with other ideas.
    How are you learning C# without using Visual Studio? That's what you should be using.

    2. Are there any magazines i could subscribe to that has some good reading regarding the land of programming?
    Tech doesn't translate to print very well. Especially programming. There are programming blogs and whatnot you can read. The google tech blogs are good, as is the daily WTF. For general-purpose nerdery, use reddit, wired, boingboing, and slashdot.

    3. What text editors do you use to write your code? i currently use note pad or word pad.
    As Oreo said, these are absolutely wrong. I use Eclipse and a Linux-only tool called Geany.

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    If you are going to write code you should at lest get an ascii editor with syntax highlighting.

    And maniac dan. I remember my first year in school as a software engineer, they made us write our code without using an IDE so that we wernt spoiled right from the start.And i believe this to be an import lesson and if your instructor tells you to use notepad for now then use it.

    Maniac what is geanie. I have always used Notepad++ and i use it on my linux machines through WINE because i dont like gedit?
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    the Geany editor is available on Windows as well. My personal preference is for Komodo Edit.

    However, for C#, Visual Studio could be considered obligatory. While I agree that starting with NotePad is, generally, a good idea, for something as complex/detailed as C# it would quickly become unworkable. For example, I wouldn't fancy typing the following in Notepad:

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    yes it definately was not fun in school. however, it teaches a good lesson and shows exactly how spoiled we are to be in an age with these state of the art IDE.

    After linking one application to all the necessary libraries etc...

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