Break Into The Programming Business

The world of programming for entrepreneurs and startups
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  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 8/2012 English

Course Description

Make programming your business. Even if you’ve never programmed before, this course will explain to you the Business of Software, how computer programs work, how computer programmers think, how to start a computer programming business. You won’t have to do any hands-on coding, but all the essential features of the modern programming world will be explained simply and clearly.

Need to manage a tech project or recruit a programming team but you are baffled by the terminology? This course explains everything you need to know to talk to programmers on their own terms.

It will explain the differences between compilers and interpreters, procedural languages and object orientation, machine code and bytecode. If you are an entrepreneur, it will help you focus on the technologies you need; if you are recruiting a team, it will give you advice on finding the right people; if you already have some programming experience, it will help you to discover new languages and new programming platforms.

The course is taught byHuw Collingbourne, Director of Technology with SapphireSteel Software (makers ofAmethystandSapphireprogramming environments for the Ruby and ActionScript languages). Huw has been a programmer for over 30 years, he has written programming columns for numerous computer magazines such asPC Plus, PC ProandComputer Shopper. He is author of ‘The Book Of Ruby’ from NoStarch Press and ‘The ActionScript Programming Bible’ from Software Press.

This course will help you to break into business of software: on the Web, on mobile devices. On desktop computers; on PCs, Macs and ‘cross-platform’. So join up and get to know how to start a computer programming business….

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Discover the world of modern programming, quickly and simply
  • Learn about the technologies, master the jargon
  • Understand object orientation – and why it’s important
  • Learn about interactive web development
  • Find out about the huge range of programming languages – from C# to Java, Objective-C to Ruby
  • Just sit back and watch the videos. No coding required!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Programming

Are you a startup? An entrepreneur? Maybe you are a manager and you need to work with (and understand) a team of programmers. Or maybe you already program one language and are trying to decide what to learn next? Then this is the course for you!


Here I give a quick overview of the course and explain how it is structured and what you will learn from it.

Section 2: Programming Fundamentals

An overview of important terms used to describe programs and programming concepts: compilers, interpreters, machine code, bytecode, high and low level languages, virtual machines, memory management, garbage collection and more.


Here we look at the common features of programming languages – functions, arguments, constants, variables, data types and more.


What are procedural and Object Oriented Programming (OOP) languages? This lesson explains the difference and takes a quick look at the history of OOP from the 1970s to the modern day.

Section 3: The World Of Programming

What exactly is a ‘programming platform’? Here we look at various types of hardware and operating systems and also consider what is meant by ‘client-server’ and ‘cloud’ computing.


HTML, JavaScript, PHP, ASP, ActionScript, Ruby On Rails… these are just some of the languages and technologies used to create Web-based applications. Here I give a brief overview of ways to program the Web.


In practice, how is a dynamic web site programmed? Here we look at web servers, server-side scripting languages and Content Management Systems.


What is the difference between a code editor and an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)? Here I look at editors and IDEs for Windows, Mac and cross-platform and explain the real value of a good programming toolset.

Section 4: The Business of Programming

Before you can choose a language to learn or decide on which language is right for a specific project, you need to know which languages are available. Here I quickly run through the main choices from C to Python, Objective-C to PHP, not forgetting C#, C++, Java, Delphi, VB, Perl, Ruby and many more…


So you want to become a programmer. Or you already have some programming experience and now you want to extend your knowledge by studying one or more new languages. How do you decide which language to learn? Here I offer some guidance.


Maybe you are starting a business or planning to develop an application. What decisions do you have to make when selecting the language, the technology and the programmers for your team?  

Section 5: Bonus Lectures
What’s in the Bonus Section?

In this video I explain the basics of how the Ruby programming language implements object orientation. Ruby is one of the most rigorous Object Oriented languages around. Even a simple string such as “Hello” or an integer such a 100 is considered to be an object that contains both some data (The letters that make up “Hello” or the number 100) and code routines (‘methods’) which can act upon the object’s data. For example, a string object has the methods upcase and reverse which return the string object’s data in upper case or reversed.

This video is taken from my Ruby Programming For Beginners Course:


C# (pronounced ‘C-Sharp’) is an important language for programming Microsoft Windows. It has a syntax that is derived from the C language and which has much in common with the Java language.

C# is an object oriented programming language and it is usually used within Microsoft’s ‘Visual Studio’ development environment. In fact, using 3rd party tools (such as the ‘MonoDevelop’ environment), it is also possible to write and run C# programs on other operating systems including Mac OS X and Linux.

This video shows am example of creating a very simple C# application jusing Visual Studio on Windows. The video is taken from my course ‘Learn C# Programming (In Ten Easy Steps)’ (available on Udemy).

If you wish you subscribe to my C# course, use this link to get the course at a 60% discount (just $39 instead of the regular price of $99):


Here I explain how to use another visual IDE, ‘Lazarus’, this time with the Object Pascal language. You will notice that the IDE has a broadly similar way of working to Visual Studio, but its layout – the position and appearance of its windows etc. – is rather different.

Lazarus also has the neat trick of running on multiple operating systems. You can create and run programs on Mac OS X, Linux or Windows. Unlike Ruby (which is an ‘interpreted’ language whose source code is run ‘as is’), Pascal is a ‘compiled’ language (the source code has to be translated into machine code and saved into an ‘executable file’ for each different operating system on which it runs). Lazarus uses the Free Pascal compiler to create executable programs.

Notice how different the syntax of the Pascal language is from that of C#. Whereas C#, and other C-like languages, use lots of curly brackets { and } to delimit blocks of code, Pascal uses the keywords begin and end.

Pascal with Lazarus is a great system for developing programs visually that can be compiled (for fast execution) on multiple operating systems. Lazarus and Free Pascal are both available at no cost. The Object Pascal language is also used in the commercial Delphi programming system.

This video is taken from my course: Learn To Program With Pascal. If you wish you subscribe to this course, use this link to SAVE $110 and get the course for just $39 instead of the regular price of $149.

Section 6: Going Further
Here are some links to web sites (many of which are mentioned in this course) where you can explore topics in more depth or download programming software and tools. Languages, Editors and IDES Java Cross-platform programming language   Ruby Cross-platform language http://www.ruby…
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Here are some short explanations of some terms that are frequently used in computer programming. The aim here is to keep the definitions brief and easy to understand. If you have any requests for more definitions, please ask...

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Instructor Biography

Huw Collingbourne, Director of Technology, SapphireSteel Software

Huw Collingbourne is the technology director at SapphireSteel Software, developers of the “Sapphire” Ruby IDE for Visual Studio and the “Amethyst” IDE for the Adobe Flash Platform. He is author of The Book Of Ruby from No Starch Press. He runs Bitwise Courses and teaches courses on a range of programming topics.

Huw has been a programmer for more than 30 years. He is a well-known technology writer in the UK. For over ten years he wrote the Delphi and Java programming column for PC Plus Magazine. He has also written numerous opinion and programming columns (including tutorials on C#, Smalltalk, ActionScript and Ruby) for a number of computer magazines, such as Computer Shopper, Flash & Flex Developer’s Magazine, PC Pro, and PC Plus. He is the author of the free ebook The Little Book of Ruby and is the editor of the online computing magazine Bitwise.

In the 1980s he was a pop music journalist and interviewed most of the New Romantic stars, such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, Boy George, and Depeche Mode. He is now writing a series of New Romantic murder mysteries.

At various times Huw has been a magazine publisher, editor, and TV broadcaster. He has an MA in English from the University of Cambridge and holds a 2nd dan black belt in aikido, a martial art which he teaches in North Devon, UK. The aikido comes in useful when trying (usually unsuccessfully) to keep his Pyrenean Mountain Dogs under some semblance of control.

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