Beginning Programming

For a programming "illiterate", what would be the first language to learn as a good base?
SVitaleAsked:
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anthonyzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When starting to learn Mac programming there's really two "languages" you'll need to learn. (1) The programming language (pascal, c, basic) and (2) the Mac toolbox commands (for opening windows, handeling events, making the menus work).

For #1 the programming language, I'd suggest learning pascal. The language was disigned to teach programming, it's fairly strict, and most of the code in "Inside Macintosh" (Apple's documentation on programming the Mac)is written in pascal. So it's very useful to be able to understand it.

For #2 the mac toolbox, I'd suggest picking up the book "Macinthos Programming Techniques" by Dan Parks Sydow. I have it. It's great.

To start programming you'll need an IDE (a program that enables you to program). I suggest CodeWarrior by MetroWerk- Discover Programming Edition for Mac. It's a full-featured program for under $70. It has online book, programming tools, and intructional materials.

One final note. Check out the apple site: http://www.apple.com/developer/
There's a link for beginning programmers that may be helpful.

Cheers,
Anthony
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hessCommented:
BASIC
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hessCommented:
I don't know of any mac basic interpereters but if u learned qbasic on a any onld pc you could get a good idea of how things work.
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SVitaleAuthor Commented:
Thank You! Anthony's answer not only helped me with my original question, but went beyond with other good suggestions and advice.
It's given me a good starting point from which to begin.
Thank You again Anthony!
Sharon
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