Is using a motor controller/shield like the one i'm using going to change the code i try to find or write? That is to say could i use code from the arduino library even though i will be using the controller (i know this question might be very easy to answer but im very new and i like to have some code to start with before i build) any help is helpful
My point is simple. The forum should never be anyone's first stop. I don' t see anything condescending about asking someone yo take 5 seconds to Google the topic . The internet is rife with examples for the L293. I responded to the OP's question about the L293.
A Google search of the L293 would locate example code for that chip. A Google search of "arduino stepper" would yield both L293 code and A4988 code which uses the AccelStepper Library. An examination of the examples in the two libraries would basically answer the OP's question, would it not ? (without needing to post on the forum.)
The short answer is YES. If you use the L293 , you can't run code written for a proper stepper like the A4988 because it uses three control pins (EN, DIR, & Step), whereas the L293 uses six (ENA, ENB, IN1, IN2, IN3 & IN4). The IDE comes with the Stepper library which will work with the L293. Look up the AccelStepoer library and compare that code to the Stepper library code.
The point is not that we don't want to help you. It's a "give a man a fish etc...."/"teach a man to fish etc. " scenario. 90% of what we do here when we answer posts is Googling. We don't know everything, but we know a lot about searching for information.
When you decided to use an arduino, you joined that club whether you like it or not. You will be researching everything with Google every time you decide to build a new circuit or start a new project. We waste a lot of time answering unnecessary questions so we try to train Newbies to learn to research so they will not be handcuffed to the forum. You can learn just like we did, (and still do). I was in your shoes a year ago when I bought my first arduino on October 30, 2014. Your question was a valid one , but one you could have answered yourself. If more people did a little research before posting we would have more time to spend on each post. Welcome to the forum, (where you do all the legwork..)... https://github.com/adafruit/AccelStepper