Hey everyone, Sorry if I seem somewhat repetitive about this, but I need help with getting started. I feel really dumb because I've asked questions somewhat similar to this. Ok, where do I even start with programming. I bought a book from Amazon, which says I need a "text editor" and a "complier". Alot of people have told me that I should download microsoft visual studio, and listening to their advice, I did. From there I have no clue what to do. I'm tempted to just give up C and start back up again with Python. Since to me it seems much simpler to get started. I already have everything I need downloaded and the website comes with nifty tutorials. The only problem with this is that I already bought a book from Amazon, but prior to that I bought the Python book and sent it back telling my mom that it would be better to start with C. Now I don't know about you guys, but my mom would be pretty upset if I walked up to her telling her that I now need a python book. Not to mention that I would make a complete fool of myself... My final goal is to program with Matlab. Regardless of which language I start with I would want my second language to be Matlab. Thanks for the replies.