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Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper and cofounder of Tumblr, on getting started with programming:

The best way to get started is to rethink the question to be more pragmatic:

What do you want to make first?

Be specific. The answer isn't "iPhone apps" or "websites". An iPhone app or a website to do what, exactly?

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Once you have that specific idea, the other questions become much easier to answer...

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