So many pages to read, so little time...
- Joel Spolsky's excellent site Joel on Software has a good archive of articles.
- The blog Code Simplicity often has some good ideas.
- The blog Coding Horror is diverse and worth a read.
- For a general purpose text editor that understands pretty much every programming language (except Prolog), check out: Notepad++.
The most popular programming language in the world (according to the TIOBE Index).
- The Oracle tutorials for Java - everything from the basics to specialist information.
- The download section for the various JDKs available.
- The home of the NetBeans IDE - Oracle's own tool, it has a nicer GUI builder, and is my preferred IDE.
- The home of the Eclipse IDE - not so good for GUI work, but integrates well with GIT.
- Google's coding standards for Java. Everyone should have some coding standards!
The only choice for client-side web programming (and tenth most popular language in the world).
- The full text of version 5.1 of the ECMAScript specification, should you feel the need.
The fortysixth most popular programming language in the world. But still my favourite.
- The home page for SWI-Prolog - an excellent, free multiplatform Prolog system.
- Uwe Lesta's interface between SWI-Prolog and .NET.
Microsoft's version of Java for Windows (and sixth most popular language in the world).
- The home of VisualStudio. There are free versions called VisualStudio Express - make sure you get the correct version for your intended platform.
- API documentation generator from Doxygen.
I suggest you start with Scott Hanselman's blog post A Coder, a Programmer, a Hacker, a Developer, and a Computer Scientist Walk into a Venn Diagram. Then read Peter Norvig's classic article Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years :-)
Actually, there are a number of good sites for learning programming from scratch:
- Learn Java Online has a decent online interactive system to teach the basics of Java.
- The Tutorials Point site has a range of materials on a variety of languages including:
- The Home & Learn site has a collection of tutorials on a similar range of languages:
- The Learn Prolog Now! site has good beginners' introduction.
- The SWI-Prolog site has a good range of tutorials.