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Old 09-07-2018, 02:34 PM
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Going to Community college soon and wanted to study computer science. My end goal is cyber security. But for now i just want to learn the basics i am starting from scratch and want to start on a good path!
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:02 AM
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My advice would be if you truly are starting from zero, visit http://scratch.mit.edu and play around with Scratch. Find tutorials on using it and don't write it off as a toy. You will be able to develop logic and sequencing skills without worrying (yet) about syntax. You can open ANY Scratch project and remix it or just look at the code. Don't worry about creating anything yet. Run a random program and use the See Inside button to see the actual code blocks and what they are doing. Use the Remix button to make a copy of the program that you can tinker with. Change things and see what happens. The folks at ScratchED put out a guide to using Scratch here: http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/gui...ng20141015.pdf You can follow along and create those projects. They have a bunch of Debug it activities as well that asks you to look at code and see where things are going wrong.

I would also look at codecademy.com as well. Hopefully your classes will focus on developing computational thinking skills as those are critical to your success in CS. Both Scratch and codecademy will have you working with code now so you can begin to develop the logic and sequencing skills you'll need in CS. Good luck!
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:36 PM
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"computer science" is too broad a term to lead to any useful books other than histories. Better to let an educator lead you into the field and help you discover your areas of interest. Learning to code, as the previous poster suggested, is useful, but there's much more to the field, from hardware design to network management to security, user interfaces, hardware human interaction and many other things. You can even be a computer scientist without knowing coding, although it's rare, and coding is fun.

Explore. Enjoy.
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