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How old are you, and when did you learn programming.

This is a discussion on How old are you, and when did you learn programming. within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; 30 on December 15th. I've been programming since June 2001....

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    30 on December 15th. I've been programming since June 2001.



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    hmmmm, I decided to get into Computer Science last year, with only the knowledge of html and turing, which is about nothing. So I started when I was 19.

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    Wow, people below 13, I think we should keep the R rated stuff off these boards, j/k.
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    I've decided that when/if I have kids, I'm gonna try to teach them how to program in C++ as they grow up (if the language is still the best, that is ). Home-grown Carmack!

    Seriously though -- if you think about it, people who grow up learning a spoken/written language have a better understanding of it in their earlier years in life than many people have after studying the language for a longer period of time. I'm sure teaching them programming would be just as beneficial and it would introduce them to simple concepts in math like variables and functions that they'd be encountering later on. It would help them think creatively and figure out how to tackle situations.

    I dunno, maybe that's just me, but I think it'd be cool. I wish my dad taught me C as I grew up

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    29, started with Pascal in high school!
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    15, started programming (in C++) when I was almost 14, stopped after about 2 weeks becuase I found it boring, 2 months later I found a practical use for programming and I have been on fire since then. Pretty good with the Win API, but I have slowed down recently, but I plan on learning something else pretty soon (probably get into .NET heaps)

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    started w/C++ about a year ago (dec 2001) then started C because of school in Aug 2002, and lol..next semester doing C++. i want to start doing some winAPI and Direct X stuff....i wanna do game programming, and wanna get into the graphics
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    Originally posted by Sebastiani
    30 on December 15th. I've been programming since June 2001.
    Right on! My birthday is also in December and I've been programming in C since June 2001! Btw, I'll be 20 on the 29th. I first started with Javascript about 4 years ago.

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    Originally posted by Polymorphic OOP
    I've decided that when/if I have kids, I'm gonna try to teach them how to program in C++ as they grow up (if the language is still the best, that is ). Home-grown Carmack!
    I think you're right, I'm going to teach my young brother programming in BASIC, to give him the basic concepts of programming, then we should switch to C++.
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    I could program in basic (on a BBC microcomputer) at about 9, and started in c about 2 years ago, just after learning Pascal.

    I am now 24!

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    That's interresting, most of the users ar <18 years.
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    Originally posted by Polymorphic OOP
    I've decided that when/if I have kids, I'm gonna try to teach them how to program in C++ as they grow up (if the language is still the best, that is ). Home-grown Carmack!

    Seriously though -- if you think about it, people who grow up learning a spoken/written language have a better understanding of it in their earlier years in life than many people have after studying the language for a longer period of time. I'm sure teaching them programming would be just as beneficial and it would introduce them to simple concepts in math like variables and functions that they'd be encountering later on. It would help them think creatively and figure out how to tackle situations.

    I dunno, maybe that's just me, but I think it'd be cool. I wish my dad taught me C as I grew up

    Not to tell you how to raise your kids, but if you do this, you're not going to have very happy children.

    My father pratically raised me to be a business man. I even remember once in 8th grade how I told him I wanted to be a lawyer. All he did was put down my hopes of becoming a lawyer, and told me to become a business man.

    Although I'm not going to go into details of everything, now that I'm older, I really don't appreciate that he did this to me.

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    Terrancee,
    Ofcourse should force his children to become something, but teaching them programming doesn't mean that they should be programmers.
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    I'm 20 (almost 21) started programming when I was 14
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    I'm 16
    I think I have been doing C++ for about a year, but I am kicking myself because I had the chance to start BASIC when I was like 9 years old (a thing in school). if i had started basic then, i would've started C++ at like 10 or 11 and that would've been cool.

    If I had started then I would be really good now.

    poly, your whole bit about teaching your kids C++ is right in sync with what i was thinking. I'll be like "go program for a day or go to your room with no supper dammit!"

    EDIT:
    You guys are probably going to get sick of me saying things like this, but I think it is important not to compare ourselves to eachother too much. Doing that a little bit, even being a bit competitive can be very good. On the other hand this type of post used to make me feel very anxious about my skill and I fear it may do the same to others. Yeah. We should just be a big happy programming family!
    Last edited by Shadow12345; 12-10-2002 at 01:05 PM.

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    ... Yes, then your kid will grow up to hate programming.
    I don't think it's going to make you happy to force them to pursue something they don't really want.

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