Just starting...



I just recently graduated from high school and am going to major in computer science. I have little (VERY little) experience with C++ and Visual Basic. Does anyone have a suggestion for a beginner like me, like what language/code I should screw around with in the summer while I'm waiting for college to start?
i took some java, that can be fun but ultimately worthless and unfulfilling. i'd say get heavy into c++ and fortran that way you'll always be able to find work


Ok, cool. Thanks! BTW, I have Microsoft Visual Studio, but what compiler will work with Fortran? And which one is more for beginners (which one should I start with?)? Any more help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
You can get one from their site: www.fortran.com/F

You should start with C++, IMHO, since you'll probably be using that the most. You may want to take a peek at Perl or maybe Python, just to get some scripting ability under your belt.


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I second the C++ and Perl recommendations, but I'd also suggest learning about basic computer architecture. This will help you get a greater appreciation for what's going on "under the hood", and might help you to avoid some problems with your code. It will also give you a head start on learning concepts that will be important later in a serious CS education. There are more books written on this topic than I could possibly list, but at leastone is available for free online, though it's quite 80x86-specific.