Once you have learned the basics of programming, there are 3 really great programs to practice with. 1: Create a calculator program that acts just like windows Calculator (the non-scientific one). 2: Make a program that acts just like Notepad (include saving to file, openning, and undo) and 3: make a tetris program. This one is a bit harder, but if you can tackle it you know you are on the right track!
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