Thursday, June 30, 2011

HTML isn't a programming language.

Seriously, stop it.

HTML(HyperText Markup Language) is NOT a programming language, nor will it ever be.

HTML is exactly what it says it is, a markup language. HTML takes (literally) a day (or less, depending on your pace of learning) to master.

To get onto this topic, I had a fun chat with a really stupid teacher.

I was at my younger cousin's school, hanging around, talking to people, when I walked into his Computer Technologies class (Read: Keyboarding) and spoke to the teacher, just bullshitting around.
"Yeah, I have some programming knowledge, but I'm more of a web developer." I say.
"Oh, really? I happen to know some things about programming myself, I'm pretty good at it." She replies.
"Cool, what platform do you use, and what language?" I ask.
"HTML, and Mozilla Firefox." She answers.
At this point, I go cross eyed. It takes a lot for me to get mad, but when people claim they know a lot about a subject, then prove that they don't, makes me mad.
Anyways, I proceeded to amaze her with my "godlike skillz" on the computer.

If anything you could say HTML is a scripting language, but that's pushing it quite a bit.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Python, oh Python.

Well, for my Computer Science class that I'm taking online, I'm learning Python. I'm not bad at it, and I rather like the syntax, compared to others I've tried, like C++, or C.

I've enjoyed turning in the projects I've been given by my teacher, and I love to write the code, but now I have come to the assignment that I've been dreading. Making up my own project.

I'm awful at thinking of things to do, which is why I'm bored 99.99% of the time. I wouldn't call it lack of motivation or laziness per say, but... well, lack of not knowing what to do.

There needs to be a book, or something, with a giant list of programming project ideas.


After some searching around I found this list. I know I'll be using it in the future.

C Primer Plus

So the other day I was in Goodwill, looking for anything that had to do with Celts or Vikings(not the sports team), and I ran across a rather old programming book (published 1998) called The Waite Group's C Primer Plus Third Edition.

I've had some experience with C++ before, like using it for things like creating app launchers (which I now use VB.NET for), or my 11th grade Science Fair project (fun times). Now, as far as I can see, in this book, not much has changed. I'm not a big expert on C++ or anything, but it looks mostly the same.

Just flipping through the book I can see some differences between my practices and the author's.

For example, he uses printf instead of cout, or he uses scanf where I use cin.

I guess it all matters where you learn from (I personally learned from a ":For Dummies" book), and at what time a certain syntax is popular.