I know that at my nearest college its available however there is a list of pre-req's a year and a half long. I have decided to take the book route myself.

I am beginning with REALbasic. I figure once I have a strong grasp (maybe even a decent one) on this language I will move up to C++.

I figure my way I get there in a year. Maybe 6 mos. Probably a year.
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