[Newbies] I've never written a line of code, but want to be a programmer!

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Wed Mar 30 12:46:08 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 07:21:39AM -0500, David Mitchell wrote:
> This list is maintained by Stephane Ducasse:
> http://stephane.ducasse.free.fr/FreeBooks.html
> He also wrote an excellent book, *Squeak: Learn Programming with
> Robots*that assumes no development experience:
> http://news.squeak.org/2008/10/28/squeak-learn-programming-with-robots-now-free/

While it is available as a free pdf, you can of course you can buy
the actual book also:


It's a good idea to buy a copy because it looks nice on your bookshelf,
and purchasing it supports the work of the author:) You can also buy
it as an e-book if you prefer.


> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 2:00 AM, Tim Retz <human.shield.117 at gmail.com>wrote:
> > I seem to be having a hard time finding any sort of smalltalk tutorial that
> > doesn't assume I'm already a master programmer in some other language.
> >
> > ...That's not to say I haven't read, and executed examples from, a few of
> > them. I've followed along with the laser game development guide by Stephan
> > B
> > Wessels (I can find a link if anyone wants it), I've read most of Squeak By
> > Example and a few others, so I have explored enough for a basic
> > understanding. My problem is that smalltalk is my first programing
> > language,
> > So I need to figure out how to break a problem down to something I can code
> > out (I need to learn to "scratch-code" in a workspace).
> >
> > Does anyone know where I can find such a guide, or even outline one for me
> > to build as I learn?
> >
> > On another note, I have tried to learn the "basics" of programing in other
> > languages (most recently C++), but now that I've been exposed to smalltalk,
> > it all seems cumbersome and scattered. I end up getting too frustrated with
> > the need to reference some other part of the book so often, as well as the
> > edit-compile-debug cycle.
> >

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