View Poll Results: how long have you been programming?

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  • < 3 months

    2 4.08%
  • 3 - 6 mths

    1 2.04%
  • 6 - 12

    3 6.12%
  • 1 - 2 yrs

    2 4.08%
  • 2 - 3

    3 6.12%
  • 3 - 5

    9 18.37%
  • 5 - 10

    14 28.57%
  • 10 - 15

    6 12.24%
  • 15 - 20

    3 6.12%
  • 20 - 25 yrs

    5 10.20%
  • It's been so long, I can't remember

    1 2.04%

how long have you been programming?

This is a discussion on how long have you been programming? within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; The question also applies to students/newbies who are learning to program. For me, 1.5 months, using C. EDIT: "It's been ...

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    In my head happyclown's Avatar
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    how long have you been programming?

    The question also applies to students/newbies who are learning to program.

    For me, 1.5 months, using C.

    EDIT: "It's been so long, I can't remember" = more than 25 years.
    Last edited by happyclown; 01-21-2009 at 06:49 PM.
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    Probably 10-15 years here, from what I can remember.
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    5 years if you count HTML/Javascript/PHP. 4 years if you count VB. 3 years for C/C++/Java.

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    IMO you can't count writing `echo "myname is bob"` programming. If you could then I'd be able to count my use of DOS as programming...

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    I picked 20-25 years - I think I may have started more than 25 years ago, if we should be really picky, but I've worked as some sort of computer professional for the last 20+ years.

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    10-15, although the first half of that was just at home or school.
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    4 Year for me.
    IMO you can't count writing `echo "myname is bob"` programming. If you could then I'd be able to count my use of DOS as programming...
    Then I guess you cant count printf("my name is bob"); as programming either. Its possible to do some pretty sophisticated stuff with Javascript and PHP.

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    If one goes back to when I first programmed, that would be AppleBASIC in senior year of high school, which would be 1984. :cry:

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    Since 1979 on a Commodore Vic-20. Yes, I got one before they hit the market, it was good to live in Peoria
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    So I guess I am the only little fish in this pond.

    I'll post this poll again in a few years, when I've got more street cred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacs7 View Post
    IMO you can't count writing `echo "myname is bob"` programming. If you could then I'd be able to count my use of DOS as programming...
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    Hmm, had to think about it. The answer is 24 years, and that's counting when I started programming in C64 BASIC.

    Lest you get the impression that I only wrote simple Hello World programs, I'll point out that the first time I was PAID for code that I wrote was in 1988, when I was 8 years old. So if you want to count from then, it's 21 years.
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    Hmm, had to think about it. The answer is 24 years, and that's counting when I started programming in C64 BASIC.

    Lest you get the impression that I only wrote simple Hello World programs, I'll point out that the first time I was PAID for code that I wrote was in 1988, when I was 8 years old. So if you want to count from then, it's 21 years.
    Is that a typo? What kind of program would someone pay an 8 year old to write?
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    I gto paif $50 at age 10 to modify a program that displayed a christmas tree drawing to also print it out on a color printer. The manager of the local Radio Shcak paid me, I think mostly so he could use it as a demo of how easy it was to learn to program the TRS-80.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjust View Post
    Is that a typo? What kind of program would someone pay an 8 year old to write?
    It was an English-to-Pig Latin translator written in C64 BASIC. I submitted it to a kid's science magazine, and they printed it and sent me a check for $100.
    Code:
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    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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