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some direction please!

By bhenne9930 ·
I am relatively new to computers. I just received my A+ certificate.
I would like some advice on programming.
What would be a good language to start with for a home study course and , can you recommend a book?
Also is programming the route I should take if I was interested in Internet security as a possible career choice.

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RE: some direction please!

by ejn_2000 In reply to some direction please!


As far as programming and internet security - it fits together. Your A+ certification should give you some ground-level knowledge of networking. My suggesstion would be this:

Learn all you can about networking if you are interested in network security. Once you have a good networking foundation - focus your energies on learning programming languages. C and PERL are very good languages to learn when dealing with networks. C is also a very flexible language whereas youcan do many many things with it. There are all kinds of books to choose from about programming - basically pick the one that you can understand. Browse through the book and if within a few minutes you think it is consumable - get it.

Good luck on your pursuit!

J. Nagle

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by dwatts In reply to some direction please!

Visual Basic is the way to go. Some could argue Java - but VB will bee asier for a newbie - and it leads on to VBSCRIPT, ASP etc.

As for a book - I don't have a title, but there are plenty of starter books for VB. As to whether this helps with security - not really. That's a different thing altogether.

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