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Old 07-10-2016, 08:25 AM
 
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Hi,

I want to learn how to build and program computers, but I don't know where to start. I want licenses, so I don't want to just look up YouTube videos. Where should I look for actual computer programming classes?
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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college, job market in that area...
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Old 07-10-2016, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Florida
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What skills do you currently have?
Building computers? Do you want to put them together or design them?
What do you want to program? The operating system or programs for users? If programs for users you need to know what the users need.
If you just need license then you can self-study. Try https://www.grc.com/intro.htm and find a current podcast - Security Now- they have an advertiser that will help you get the certifications.
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Old 07-10-2016, 12:09 PM
 
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Community colleges are a great place to start.
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Old 07-10-2016, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Building and programming are increasingly separate fields.

Start by going to TWIT.TV and watching some of the podcasts. (Screensavers is a variety show covering the SWAG and current events.) One of the sponsors is an online school that has courses that will teach you what you need to get the certs. and licenses and more importantly KEEP you up to date on what is required knowledge. Cost is much less than college, and you can work at your own pace.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:59 PM
 
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Building computers is relatively trivial. Lots of magazine and online articles teaching how to build your own PC. The next stage up from that, designing components, such as motherboards, graphic cards or processors, is a whole different level, reached by at least a BS in electrical engineering or related field (e.g. some kinds of computer science etc.) and years of experience learning the automated design tools.

Programming covers a lot of ground too, from coding (writing actual software instructions based on a design made by someone else) analyzing problems to break them down into a form that can be handled by a computer, to developing new approaches (algorythms, for example) to address certain kinds of problems.

Since you don't yet know what you don't know, I agree with the suggestion of a community college course or two. It's a good cheap way to start, see if you really like the stuff, and go from there.

Beware of the for profit schools out there that will teach you things for a price. Quality varies as do the results, but the costs do not. They are always high. Loans are easy to get, but hard to pay back.
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:07 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Forget repair.
The FRU is the device.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Hi,

I want to learn how to build and program computers, but I don't know where to start. I want licenses, so I don't want to just look up YouTube videos. Where should I look for actual computer programming classes?

What do you have a passion for? Building computers or programming computers? What do you want to program, specifically?
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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Everyone gave you very solid info. As asked, you need to figure out why you want do learn programming, meaning what would you be using your coding skills for? Game design, web development, making your own software, etc.

I second those who mentioned Twit.tv and grm.com. Another very solid one is Microsoft's very own:
https://mva.microsoft.com

You can learn any technology they offer for free and will give you at least the fundamentals in each area so you can decide which area to excel in (see screenshot). Create an account and take advantage.
If you already have a Hotmail/MSN account, then you are good to go!

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Old 07-11-2016, 09:11 PM
 
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Thank you all. I'm just interested in getting a good grasp of how computers and programming work. I want to be able to do my own custom builds and maybe repair and reprogram computers as a side job. Eventually, I do want to learn how to design my own machines and even innovate new technology, but first I need to learn the basics.
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