Basic programming

Created by: Roger Grosse, Colorado Reed
Intended for: beginners

(description of Metacademy)

But some topics are so important and fundamental that they appear all over the place. If you do any sort of programming, there are some basic concepts you'll simply have to be familiar with: control structures, functions, arrays, and so on. These are the air you breathe, the water you drink. Trying to list all the things that depend on them would be hopeless.

If you have already taken a university level programming course, or AP Computer Science, or have taught yourself programming in a general purpose language, then you know enough to use Metacademy. You can skip the rest of this roadmap. If not, then read on.

Option 1: online programming course

Do one of the following:

  • CS50, Introduction to Computer Science, is Harvard's introductory programming course, aimed at non-majors. This has a light-hearted style, with high production values. The course covers several languages, but the relevant parts are taught in C. You should watch the videos for Weeks 0 through 3, and do problem sets 1 and 2.

Option 2: textbook

Here are some free online programming textbooks. Work your way through any one of them, doing the exercises as you go.

Option 3: JavaScript tutorial (for the impatient)

Do one of the following: