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19,520 downloadsI wrote an introductory text for new programmers to learn how to code using AutoIt. It follows along with the help file for the most part – but provides additional context and attempts to connect all the information in a cohesive way for someone without any programming experience. I find the help file to be an AMAZING resource and the text I wrote in no way reflects any opinion to the contrary. Rather, it was created from the perspective of someone who struggled early on with the most basic concepts and thought that a hand-holding guide could be useful. I was also inspired by code.org who is trying to encourage people to learn to code. I thought – what better way than to use free tools that you can download at any time with access to an amazing community? If only there was a guide to walk people through it … Full discussion about the file can be found here: https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/174205-introductory-learn-to-program-text-using-au3/
This forum (Au3 Technical) is inhabited by luminaries whose posts frequently demonstrate understanding far beyond my capabilities. For that reason, and at Jon's suggestion, I am reaching out to tap into your wisdom for a project that I have been working on a for a while. I was looking for a way to give back to AutoIt. As a self-taught programmer I have learned an incredible amount from this forum and the help file. It has been very rewarding. Over the course of my personal experiences I have wished, at times, that even though the materials and support are truly incredible - that someone could explain some of the more basic concepts. At the same time, I saw the creation of code.org and I started to think that AutoIt would be a perfect learning tool for people starting out (because of the simplicity, the incredible help file, and the best forum I have ever seen). All of that led to the creation of this text: https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/files/file/351-learn-to-program-using-free-tools-with-autoit/. It is the first draft of a basic introduction to programming using AutoIt. Nobody has reviewed it. Accordingly, I seek the collective constructive feedback of anyone willing to offer opinion as to content, spot any errors, and make any suggestions to improve it. My goal was always to donate it to the AutoIt forum when it was done. I think it could be a good addition to fill the gap for neophytes who may crave to see how everything fits together. The last thought I will leave you with - similar to the first - is that I am not the world's greatest coder (this may be a case of those who can do and those who can't teach). That said, I am hoping that the issues you will undoubtedly spot are not huge or threatening to the overall effort and that you appreciate the fact that this took some time to pull together. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.