Looking to learn more about coding.. Got MS Visual Studio 2012. Where to start?
Scripting/coding has always been something I've been intrigued by and after working on several small batch files to automate repetitive tasks I want to delve into it deeper.
So I've grabbed myself a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, which gives me the options of Visual Basic, C#, C++ and some others. I'm having trouble coming across any clear tutorials online that actually explain themselves (There's no shortage of YouTube and DailyMotion vids, but I find text tutorials much easier to work from than video ones)
Realistically (though I don't know how realistic this may be) I'm looking to learn commands/syntax/etc and what they do so I can combine them together and achieve my goal, rather than 'Do-what-we-tell-you-and-don't-experiment' tutorials, much in the same way as I learnt to write batch files. I find a 'here's a tonne of code and a brief explanation' doesn't really sink in very well, for me.
The two 'projects' I have so far are:
Create an .exe that pulls data from a web page and prints it to a specific printer (used for printing a staff list when the fire alarm goes off)
A loop to check every now-and-again if a specific dialogue box has appeared, and if it has, to wait around 30s and then click 'OK' (the program is question is too stupid to retry its own connection and just stops if there's a blip)
Would anybody have any tutorials bookmarked that I might not have come across?