Before letting Mavis Beacon beat me about the head some more for my lack of touch-typing skills, I thought it might be fun to try my hand at programming again.
Over the years I have dabbled a bit in some Basic, coded HTML, made a few stylesheets and wrangled with an SQL file or two, so I’m not completely wet behind the ears. What I am, however, is no longer 12 years old. That means a couple of things. For starters, I am old enough to be adept at a few tasks and so trying something new is bound to leave me a little impatient at getting to the results. I got through the same thing with jogging by using a nine week plan that carefully ramped up the effort needed, so I was always seeing progress meted out. The other thing is by being older my mind is perhaps a wee bit less pliable than it once was. That whole “old dogs/new tricks” thing. I’m not quite ready to assume my brain isn’t up to retaining brand new information, though.
Tonight I started by downloading the MS Visual Basic 2008, Visual C# 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express editions. I chose Windows Development Tier 1 as my starting point and watched the introductory video, which was basically, “This is a computer and it does stuff. Soon you will make it do stuff!”
By next week I expect to be writing incredibly awesome Windows applications, of course.