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In computer programming, what should I focus on most?

It would be helpful if there was something significant to focus on if I were to start computer programming.

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Chad’s Answer

Learn concepts; I mean really learn them - like functions, classes, extensions and overrides. There are some very common concepts in programming that are in every programming language. Unlocking that knowledge and understanding will allow you to seamlessly move from one language to another.
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John’s Answer

Kendalle,

The best way to get started in computer programming is to start coding and have fun with it. In addition to taking classes in HS or getting a technical degree, there are a lot of great and free online sites to learn how to code. More coding (formal classes or self learning) will only help you get better.

Start by finding a language that you are interesting in learning and try to learn it. As a beginner I would suggest a modern programing language like Java, Node.js, Python, etc.

Once you gain the basics and have a good foundation try coding challenges. There are a lot of sites out there that give a problem that you need to code the solution for. As a bonus several companies use sites like this as part of the technical interview process.

Learn to code sites (there are more out there):
https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming
https://www.codecademy.com/catalog

Coding Challenges (one of several out there):
https://www.hackerrank.com/
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Oanh’s Answer

Oanh's answer: You should familiar with Computer Architecture and Data Basics, understand the Internet Works, practice with Some Command-Line Basics, take some HTML class, start programming with JavaScrip, complete Python Bootcamp - it is a powerful general - purpose programming language, an excellent language to learn to program for beginners.
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Patricia’s Answer

Learn how to write clean, understandable and reusable code. You WILL have to go back to code you've written years before or others will be revisiting it. Well constructed code is appreciated and admired.
Here's a few rules for a starter
No magic numbers
One source of truth
Comment, comment, comment.

Look at other peoples code. You'll soon see what makes reading and maintaining code easier and harder.
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