Learn a Programming Language Before a Technology or Framework? – Programming Tip by Tim Buchalka

Learn a Programming Language Before a Technology or Framework? – Programming Tip by Tim Buchalka

– When you wanting to
learn a new technology like Android app development
or IOS development, is it better to learn both the technology and the programming language that you need to programme
in at the same time? Or should you become an expert first in the programming language? Let’s talk about that in this video. (pop music) Welcome back, my name is Tim Buchalka and this is the
programming tip of the day. Again, the question was should you, when you’re wanting to
learn new technology, learn both the technology
and the programming language at the same time, or should you, in fact, become a master or, you know, really learn the
programming language first, before you start. In general, you’ll find
that a lot of courses actually trying and teach both. So what they try and do is they’ll teach the relevant framework, the relevant technology, Android app development, IOS development, Spring development, whatever it is, and they’ll bundle a
portion of the course. It’s sort of a bit like a crash course in that programming language. So in Java, Swift or
whatever underlying language. So, keep in mind. that if you are starting
out for the first time and you’ve never programmed before, it can often be a good idea to
either start with a tutorial and go through and finish
that section of the course that’s got the tutorial, and if you find that you’re still not,
you know, really familiar with the concepts and everything’s still a little bit unclear, you
might then wanna move over and pick a dedicated programming course in that language before you continue. And that’s because it’s
really a prerequisite to know programming and know that particular
language fairly well if you hope to actually create apps in that relevant platform. Or I’m saying apps because I use the example
of Android and IOS, but of course, this
applies to any technology that you’re looking to get into. And another example would be Unity. If you’re looking to get
into that to create games, you know, C# is the programming language that most people use this days so it’s a good idea to learn that. So, to give you a quick example, here, my first course on Udemy, it was actually my second one, my first one wasn’t a
programming course as such. My second one was Android app development. What I decided to do was
bundle, I read about, I think off memory it was something about seven hours of Java tutorial, which the idea of that was just to teach the absolute basics of Java, so that someone who was
learning it for the first time had enough knowledge, so that the app development
part of the course made sense. Now, there wasn’t enough time
in that course to do justice to the Java programming language. And actually, based on student feedback, I created a masterclass,
which has now ballooned into a 77 hour dedicated course on java. But the thing was that I
still recommended for students to go through the tutorial section first, do that seven hours. And after that, if they still felt they could use some more training, to then decide to transition over and find a dedicated course
on that programme language, Java in this case. So that’s what I would generally,
here, advise you to do, is to start with a course because a lot of courses
these days you’ll find in these technologies
and these frameworks, will give you a bit of an overview. They’ll actually sort of bundle
that section of training, as I mentioned for the
programming language. Go through that training first and see how you feel after it. Make a decision then
whether you wanna learn more about the programing
language, before you move on. And realise that it’s a decision
you can make in the future, you don’t need to make that now. I mean, you might decide
to do that tutorial and then do more of the course. And you might find you
might get half way through the course and get a bit stuck. That time, you can go back then and consider investing in another course, perhaps a dedicated course
on that programming language. But the other quick thing
I wanna point out here is that it can be a bit of a got you, because if the person teaching the course doesn’t know the programming
language really well, and that can actually be the case, in more times than you
(laughs) probably can imagine. Probably more times than I care to admit that I’ve said this in the past. Be careful that you’re
not learning bad practises from that particular course, because often, you’ll
find that the technology is the main part of the course
and the programming tutorial is just added on. It’s almost something they
think they need to have and they haven’t put
necessarily the dedicated care and training into that. So make sure that the
skills of the instructor, you know, you research that to make sure they are actually qualified to teach you that programming language and, you know, they’ve got the skills to be able to pull that off. Because you wanna learn programming, you wanna learn programming the right way. Alright, so I’ll end the video here, but basically, keep that in mind. Start out and you can
consider using the tutorials that are built into the course, but then consider whether you
need dedicated programming law course, or to go through that course, in that given programming
language in the future. Alrighty, so I hope that helped. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. If you’re ready to look at the next tip, click on up here and
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7 thoughts on “Learn a Programming Language Before a Technology or Framework? – Programming Tip by Tim Buchalka”

  1. Eschaton Immanentizer

    Good advice, and aligns with my experience taking a game development/C++ course (to learn C++ and play around with unreal for fun)… nothing wrong with the instruction there, but perhaps the beginning portion would be better served as a refresher. Paused that for the time being and decided to go with your java course, and it's fantastic.

  2. A simple suggestion…. i believe if u made a comple couse in youtube rather than on udemy you might earn better… cos youtube has more visitor than udemy

  3. I've been a programmer in some way or another for more than a decade, mainly doing triage on other people's code and trying to make updates to the best of my ability. I am currently enjoying your udemy course on Java. It reminds me of how important it is to get a good grasp of the fundamentals. You are an excellent instructor. Thanks for all your hard work.

  4. #greatadvice #softwaredevelopment #coding Tim, your courses are the best! In my case Java, Android Dev. and Python Masterclass. They are so well structured and even me not beeing a native english speaker can follow them easily! Greetings to lovely Down Unda!

  5. The big advantage of a course that teaches the technology as well as the language is it shows how the language can be applied. In pure programming courses it can be discouraging for a student to feel they have learned so many programming concepts but can’t see how these can actually be finally useful

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    Watch Tim's Free Learn to Code Course on Youtube!

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