November 23, 2019 at 3:57 pm #6782JoeyParticipant
I am applying for jobs, but due to my lack of confidence in CS I am somewhat limited in the roles I can apply to. Which programming language should I try to focus on and where to look for resources?December 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm #6920Owen CarrParticipant
I’d recommend learning Python. It is widely used in industry. It is one of the easier languages to learn, and it has a simple syntax compared to Java or C++. I’d recommend learning Python using Lynda.com. Lynda.com is free with a university login and offers over a hundred Python courses. There are also plenty of other online resources such as Codecademy.December 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm #6951Benny BoelterParticipant
I would have to agree with Owen. Python was my first experience coding and I thought it was a great language to start with because it is simple syntax and easy to use. I would recommend taking an introductory course either online or at school to get started. Khan Academy is a cool free option for quick tutorial videosMarch 25, 2020 at 12:47 pm #7248Vrishabh PatilParticipant
I agree with the above two replies but would also like to add that R is a very useful tool for data handling and analysis. While it might not be the first language I would recommend that you learn, I definitely think that you should have it in your arsenal of programming tools. Swirl-package and data camp are great tools to learn R.April 28, 2020 at 5:54 pm #7504Noah WParticipant
If you have the cushion of taking a course during your studies, then you can opt for 200/300 level courses in the CS department which teach you the basics in programming. If not, Online resources will be the best platform to start with. R and python will help you in the long run but it depends on your field of interest.May 1, 2020 at 3:48 pm #7620Luis FinolParticipant
I used to be in the same situation. The first language I learned was Java and I think it was very beneficial for me to have learned that one first. I guess it all depends on what kind of work you want to do, if you see yourself working in a job where programming is a core skill, then I would recommend a Java course, as it challenges you adequately on general CS concepts. Then I would move on to Python, which I consider to be easier, and C, which I consider to be harder. However, if programming is just going to be a side skill you rarely use, just go ahead and learn simpler languages.May 1, 2020 at 5:10 pm #7644ChrisParticipant
There is a website called DataCamp that I used to learn R for my ISyE 601 course. It is very helpful. It has online courses with videos and interactive demonstrations, I would highly recommend checking it out.
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