If you've ever aspired to doing a bit of programming or creating your own website, here is an informative article by Gina Trapani from the "Lifehacker" newsletter . Jim Hamm sends us this info, commenting, "As I read through the article I recognized names that I've heard of or read about before — Such as Ruby on Rails or Greasemonkey — but have never tried them. I'll save this article in case I ever get ambitious and want to try something like this."
The article, "Programmer 101: Teach Yourself How to Code" is by Gina Trapani. She writes, "You've always wanted to learn how to build software yourself—or just whip up an occasional script—but never knew where to start. Luckily, the web is full of free resources that can turn you into a programmer in no time.
"Since the invention of the internet, programmers have been using it to discuss software development techniques, publish tutorials, and share code samples for others to learn from and use online. If you're curious about how to become a programmer, you can get off to a running start using tons of great free web-based tutorials and resources."
The article goes on to discuss choosing a language, desktop scripting, web development, command line scripting, add-ons, web development for the desktop, mobile app development — and she closes with advice on patience, elbow grease, trial and error.