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I would like to get into computer programming...?

I currently work the help desk at a financial company. I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to troubleshooting pc's, servers, and networks, but I want to get into the world of computer programming. I have no experience with programming and am asking solidified programmers or software engineers for some advice. What is the best route to get into this field? Do you have to have a bachelors degree? or any degree for that matter? Can I learn from books? Any good advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Asked By: josho9er - 2/20/2009
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If you want to learn programming don't start by learning languages, start by learning programming. (Try http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0130224189/ref=pd_bbs_sr_olp_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212765521&sr=8-1 - it's the best book on proigramming I've ever found, and I've been teaching programming for 30 years... More
Answered By: colanth - 2/20/2009
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look into the programming classes and certifications that CompTIA and Cicso offer
Answered By: Chi Rho - 2/20/2009
 
You can learn on your own but you will have better luck with at least a AS degree... More
Answered By: trp_wakawaka - 2/20/2009
 
To get a quick start and help you decide if programming is for you, I would recommend starting off with Java. Java is an object oriented programing language similar to C++ and C#. Although the syntax is more similar to C... More
Answered By: antemeridiem - 2/20/2009
 
You can learn from books. You don't need a degree, although credentials always help... More
Answered By: Techwing - 2/20/2009
 
I've been programming for 5 years now and started college a year ago (I'm only 19). I started out with web development and taught myself PHP and MySQL... More
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