About the Author: Gordon Dodrill
The author of this tutorial began programming in 1961 using FORTRAN
on an IBM 1620. Since then, most of his career has been involved
with designing digital logic for satellite application. In 1983,
being somewhat burned out with logic design, he began a study of
some of the more modern programming languages and has since made
a complete career shift to software development. After learning
Pascal, C was studied, followed by Modula-2 and Ada, and more recently
C++. Rather than simply learning the syntax of each new language,
modern methods of software engineering were studied and applied
to effectively utilize the languages. He is currently employed by
a large research and development laboratory where he continues to
study, teach, and apply the newer programming languages.
About Coronado Enterprises
Coronado Enterprises tutorials are designed to quickly get you
up to speed and actually programming in the language of your choice.
The tutorials were written by a practicing engineer with a desire
to get you writing code, preferring to defer the language theory
until later in the tutorial.
Why should I learn how to program a computer?
Mostly because you want to. If you don't enjoy technical work,
you should not even consider learning how to program a computer
since it is all technical work. It is, however, very satisfying
to see your creation running on a computer and know that others
are productively using a program you designed and wrote. Of course,
software development also pays very well and is considered one of
the best occupations because of the relatively low stress and good
working conditions. Programmers are never required to work outside
in inclement weather.
What Programming Language
should I start with?