Session 1: Learning to program
People have different ways of learning
Listening to lectures
Programming by themselves/in groups
Find your own way!
...are a bit like natural languages
They have a syntax and vocabulary!
You tell to the computer what you want it to do
But the computer is very strict in its interpretation of what you're saying!
Lots of practise will make you fluent in "speaking" the language
Focus when you learn, get rid of distractions
Write your own notes about the lectures/exercises
Try to bring in your own ideas, build on top of the exercises
Try to make your own small projects
Error messages are your friends
Don't be afraid to google: Use "ruby" in your search
Divide and conquer: Start with the smallest possible step and make sure it works before you move on
What questions do you have?