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I am a beginner in software development. I've started learning algorithms, networking and software development practices from various books. My seniors advised me to read one book and learn one thing at a time.

Which one is better? Can topics like algorithms, networking and software development practices be read simultaneously? Or should I read one topic at a time and after understanding it completely, start another topic?

Or is there any other way to learn computer science and programming topics effectively?

And last but not least, what is the learning strategy to improve my programming skills ?

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Can topics like algorithms, networking and software development practices be read simultaneously?

Sure. But getting results is the best way to encourage yourself to continue so it's better to focus in one/two things at a time.

I would start just learning one programming language and a bit of algorithms theory. If you want to start with Java, first read a good book about OO so you can understand the "static main..." method perfectly and when to create classes and that stuff. If you can take your time to learn, start with http://www.codecademy.com/ and an easy one such as Python or Ruby.

It's really important to practise (develope software) at the sime time you are learning theory, otherwise you won't know what to do with all that knowledge.

I'm a software developer and at class I was taught C, good practises and OO theory at the same time. Later we started with Java, VB and C++.

Hope it helps ;)

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