View Poll Results: Time that took you till you could programm efficiently enough

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  • 2 months

    3 8.33%
  • 4 months

    4 11.11%
  • 6 months

    2 5.56%
  • 1 year

    8 22.22%
  • you never know enough!!

    19 52.78%

Time to become good using C

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    Time to become good using C

    How long did it take you to become comfortable and proficient programming in C??
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    It all depends on the persons apptitude. I've known people who work with something for years, and still don't understand it properly, yet the newbie next to them outgrows them in a matter of weeks/months.
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    for me it was around 4 months. and i wasn't working at it actively, either. just buy a good book and read and re-read it every day. try out the examples, and variations on a theme.

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    Well, if you look at the results, they're pretty even


    I had been very off-and-on with C. I took a basic C class second quarter my freshmen year of college, and just got out of an advanced C class earlier this year (sophomore year). In between I took things like C++ and Java, and basically ignored C.

    After my advanced C class, I now feel pretty good with C, and even though it was more than a year between classes, I've really only been "truly" using it for about 4 or 5 months, and have learned a ton since I started doing more advanced, non-school, projects to really test myself.

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    Isn't this poll a little flawed? I mean, people are evaluating themselves, so I would think they would naturally give themselves higher marks than probably is realistic.

    Speaking for myself, I always find myself looking back thinking "Man, if I knew then, what I know now..."

    Of course, maybe it's just my thinking. Anybody can learn the mechanics of C in a short period of time. It's a syntax question, really. The hard part is actually becoming a good developer. The two are not synonymous.

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    Re: Time to become good using C

    Originally posted by Paninaro
    How long did it take you to become comfortable and proficient programming in C??
    It's not a question of how long did it take you to become a master at C, it's simply how long did it take untill you were comfortable with it.

    In some people's eyes, comfortable may just be the ability to write a hello world program, for other people, maybe writing their own database.

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    ...i think i'll never know enough *sigh*

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    It took me one year to actually grasp the essential principles of C. Now, I'm exploring it and I have gained more than what I bargained for After all, C (and technically C++) is the only language I have learned to program into.
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    C is mysterious, so you never know enough.
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    I think it took be about 3 mounths to understand the C programming language,
    but it took me another 2 years to become a good C programmer...

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    I became comfortable with C after about a week, but it took me a while to realize that if you feel comfortable doing something in the beginning, then you're doing it totally wrong. To become proficient in C means that you have to understand not only the basic syntax and how to use it properly, but also algorithms and data structures that make up a program. So proficiency doesn't pertain as much to C as it does to programming in general, which is beyond the scope of this question and thus, irrelevant. To answer the question by what it meant and not what it said, I feel it took me about four or five years to start writing measurably good programs.

    For some it may take longer, for some shorter. I personally started out with very bad instruction and had to relearn just about everything to cleanse myself of bad habits.

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    Programming efficiently is about how the programmer manupulates all the available functions and tools that he/she has... Even if he/she has learned everything in C, he/she might not be good in programming as those who know a little bit but can cleverly use all those functions....
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    I think...

    Originally posted by netboy
    Programming efficiently is about how the programmer manupulates all the available functions and tools that he/she has... Even if he/she has learned everything in C, he/she might not be good in programming as those who know a little bit but can cleverly use all those functions....


    4 me, programming efficiently is being able to understand the main language structure and where to get support. Cause if u don't know the structure it's hard to get support. Cas-else, you can code a Quake 3 if u have only 2 months of C++. The key word is:


    KNOW WHERE TO GET SUPPORT
    <VBCODE>
    While Bubux.State = "alive"
    Bubux.LoveGod = True
    Wend
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    When I program in C, I learn something new everytime. I making software tools that wreck my other hard disk hehehe.
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