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Initial post: Dec 18, 2010 9:03:12 AM PST
My skill level with computers is somewhere between newbie and experienced user. However, I've taken two classes so far in computer science and realized that I will need supplemental information outside of my classes, so i am trying to build up a computer library. any suggestions will be welcome. (also I also would like to work in the computer field--mainly programming). Thank you for all suggestions.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 4:50:03 PM PST
Computer science and programming are two different things. Generally you have to learn programming first, because it's the language computer scientists use to investigate problem-solving (which is what computer science is _really_ about.)

If you want to be more comfortable with programming, just write a lot of programs. Books can help, but ultimately this is a skill you simply have to do to learn.

You might start with a book in the 'How to think like a computer scientist' series:
http://www.openbookproject.net/thinkcs/

There are several versions of the book available for free online, using various programming languages (C++, Java, Python, and Logo) I'm using the Python version as the primary textbook for my CS1 course next year.

When you're ready to learn a specific language and technology, there are many fine alternatives. (-and I've written a few of them...)
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