To become more familiar with a board I always introduce myself. I haven't found a general thread to do this, but I'm sorry if there was one.
As a start: I'm a 22 y/o male from The Netherlands. Personally I'd like to describe myself as a creative person with too many ideas or too less time. I've got a degree in chemistry and got too many hobbies to name. The hobby I currently have for most of my free time is ant keeping. i.e. having ants as pets.
I've always had many ideas which needed some (good) programming. Being inspired by many independent developers lately, I'm thinking of learning real programming now. I've looked in the pro's and con's of several programming languages, mainly Java and C++ and came to the conclusion C++ matches my needs mostly. I should be considered completely new to programming. The closest thing I did to programming was making websites with PHP. As a result, I've got some (minor) experience in OOP. I'm also experienced in SQL, but probably can't use that for my current projects.
I'm hoping to learn C++ with this website, already read many of the tutorials and I had Code::Blocks installed for some code testing. Once I got to somewhat more advanced tutorials, CB didn't seem to suit my needs, being too simple (I guess). Now, I've got Visual C++ 2010 Express as IDE, hoping this will help me. And of course I'm hoping the nice people at this forum can help me. :-)