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How to get started with software development

Archie Norman
Archie Norman
A guide for anyone who’s wanted to get started on a software project.

Welcome to our guide on how to get started with software development!

First things first: you're going to need a computer. Once you've procured a suitable device, it's time to get your hands dirty with some code.

But where to start? There are so many programming languages out there, how do you choose just one? Well, first, don't worry too much about it. You're not choosing a life partner, you're just picking a tool to help you build stuff. That said, here are some tips for choosing a language:

  • If you want to build websites, HTML and CSS are a good place to start. They're not technically "programming languages," but they're essential for building the structure and style of a website, as well as being relatively easy to learn.
  • If you want to become an app developer and build successful apps, you'll need to learn Swift (for iOS) or Java (for Android).
  • If you want to build video games, C++ and Unity are popular choices. With these you’ll need to be prepared to spend a lot of time debugging and optimising your code.
  • If you're looking to build anything more ambitious than a one-off script or small application, Python is a really useful and great all-around language to learn. It's used for all sorts of things, from data science to automation to machine learning and is relatively easy to learn and has a large community of users, which means there are plenty of resources and support available.

Once you've chosen a language, it's time to start learning. There are plenty of resources available online, including tutorials, video courses, and even entire degrees. Just make sure you find something that works for you and stick with it. Learning to code is a lot like learning a new instrument: it takes time, practice, and patience.

And most importantly, have fun! Building software may be challenging at times, but it's also incredibly rewarding. So don't be afraid to experiment, break things, and make mistakes. That's how you learn and grow as a software developer. It's important to remember that it's never going to be easy, and that's what makes it so rewarding.

So go forth and code, my friends. The world is your oyster (or should we say, "your app store"?). And remember, if all else fails, just Google it. You'll be amazed at how much you can learn by simply Googling your problems. Happy coding!