Teach yourself programming, part 1

Part 1 of the TYP series. Read part 2.

Since we’re finally getting in to summer, it’s a good time to think of some summer projects to keep the brain going. If you’ve thought about becoming a programmer, the summer is a great time to start tinkering and learning, so you can use those skills in next year’s OGPC, or even in some of the several robotics competitions!

This is the first part in a series of posts for the summer, which should help get anyone off the ground in the programming world. If you’re completely new to programming, check out that last link in the “Book-style sites” section, and also some of the games at the end. Also, the videos in here are great for motivation!

Traditional stuff


Book-style sites


Websites, Blogs, etc.


  • Cells—a cool game which teaches programming—code your swarm and pit it against other code. Requires pygame.
  • AI Wars—very useful for learning to program by playing a game, but you’ll probably want to know how to program already
  • Terrarium—you can code animals in .NET and release them into a worldwide ‘ecosystem’
  • Alice—not exactly a game, but useful for learning the basics of object-oriented programming
  • Light-Bot—learn the basics of programming by programming the robot to navigate each level
  • Robocode—program your tank to survive for as long as possible
  • DroidBattles—design a ship and program its AI. Uses a language similar to assembler, so it’s difficult. Good for someone who really wants a challenge.

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