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Old 04-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #11
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Did you try him out with any of these? Any of them 'stick'?

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Old 04-28-2014, 08:36 PM   #12
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Nothing yet! Not until summer break. I'll gladly report back...late June.

Thanks again all.

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Old 04-28-2014, 08:41 PM   #13
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Another recommendation for Python. It's a powerful language that's easy to program in. If you want to do GUI's under Windows Visual Basic is still a good way to go, and you can get the Express Edition of the IDE for free.

I'd avoid Java. I find it frustrating and I've been writing code for a living for 30 years.

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Old 04-28-2014, 08:50 PM   #14
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I hate Java too, but it's way too often confused with "Javascript," an entirely different product and language, which principals are going to be around for a long time. Half the web floats on it.

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Old 04-28-2014, 09:02 PM   #15
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I really liked Codecademy, which I believe has already been mentioned. Very easy to use and great instructions.

Having taken all the "classes" offered on the website, I can say that while it won't turn you into a pro-coder, it will give you a good enough understanding of the basics in any of the languages offered (JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Python, jQuery, Ruby) in order to continue learning on your own or move onto more advanced classes offered elsewhere.

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Old 04-28-2014, 09:10 PM   #16
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Buy the kid a basketball net and basketball. If hes really going to be a developer hes going to spend 30+ years in front of a computer, dont make him spend his summer off in front of one too!

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Buy the kid a basketball net and basketball. If hes really going to be a developer hes going to spend 30+ years in front of a computer, dont make him spend his summer off in front of one too!

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Um, thanks for the unwanted and unlooked for parenting advice based on zero information about me, my son, and our lives.
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