Have you ever needed a particular program for your computer, only to find that no software designers have created it yet? Of course you have. There must have been at least one time when you needed to do some strange operation on your computer, but there was no tool available to do it. However, had you been proficient in the world of software design and development, you may have found instead that you could create that program yourself in as little time as a few hours (depending on the complexity of the program, of course). There has never been a better time to learn how to become a software designer, so why not discover the amazing world of software programming right now?
As a beginner software designer, you have access to all kinds of different tools that will be totally free of charge. However, instead of diving right in, there are a few things that you need to do before you even start to code your first program. For starters, as a fledgling software design and development student you need to decide which programming language or languages you want to learn.
If you are primarily a Windows user, it is recommended that you check out the Microsoft Visual Studio Express suite of free programs for Visual Basic and the variants of the C programming language. Alternatively, if you use Apple’s Mac OS X, you should check out X-Code and the other free development tools offered by Apple to program in Cocoa. Finally, you can learn how to program for the Internet with a variety of free languages as well.
Once you have discovered which programming language is the most interesting to you, download the appropriate free program. If it is too complex for you and you have found a distinct lack of support online, enroll in a software design and development course at your local community college or purchase a comprehensive textbook to get you started.