View Poll Results: Why do you program?

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  • I program for a living

    21 47.73%
  • I program as a hobby

    30 68.18%
  • I program as part of an educational course at school/college/university

    17 38.64%
  • Other reason

    6 13.64%
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  1. #1
    In my head happyclown's Avatar
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    In my head

    why do you program?

    I am learning to program in C as a hobby.

    What about you? What's your reason, and what language do you use?

    This is a multiple choice poll.
    Last edited by happyclown; 01-10-2009 at 04:34 PM. Reason: added more content
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  2. #2
    and the hat of sweating
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    Aug 2007
    Toronto, ON
    I prefer C++ above all others, but at my current job, I'm using Java, Perl & shell scripts.
    "I am probably the laziest programmer on the planet, a fact with which anyone who has ever seen my code will agree." - esbo, 11/15/2008

    "the internet is a scary place to be thats why i dont use it much." - billet, 03/17/2010

  3. #3
    Devil's Advocate SlyMaelstrom's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Out of scope
    Currently the first two... but the third might be the case in the near-to-distant future.
    Sent from my iPadŽ

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    Dr Dipshi++ mike_g's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    On me hyperplane
    Mostly, I like pressing buttons.

    For work i do: PHP, HTML, MySQL, Javascipt and Actionscript.

    For fun I play around with Python a little. I also have a Java project I should get back to ASAP. Havent done much with C for a while now, but when a friend of mine gets back from SA he might bring a PIC i can play with - that might give me a reason to go back to it,
    Last edited by mike_g; 01-10-2009 at 06:30 PM.

  5. #5
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    Nov 2004
    1,2,3 for me.
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    Aug 2001
    1 and 2 right now but also soon to be 3. I don't really want to go back to school for another degree program but this time its for something I know I enjoy doing every day.

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    Lurking whiteflags's Avatar
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    Apr 2006
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    why do you program?
    lol why didn't you program earlier?

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    Malum in se abachler's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    It started as a hobby when I was 9, then it became a profession, now its a way of life. A lot of the research I do requires number crunching beyond the capabilites of a human.

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    Ugly C Lover audinue's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    I program sometime just for fun, make my brain sharp , or to solve daily problem with computers.

    Somehow, I'm still young (maybe) and yet, still love to learn anything.

    And there is infinite stuff to learn with programming.
    Just GET it OFF out my mind!!

  10. #10
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    Inside my computer
    I'm just doing it as a hobby. C++ has been and is my all-time favorite, ever since I begun programming.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    A long (or maybe not so long compared to other people here) time hobby. I'm a big control freak and being able to tell computers what to do is awesome =). I've always wanted to go into computer science, but decided to go for engineering (probably electrical/computer) instead at the very last chance (this year is my freshmen year).

    I started out with HTML/CSS (if you call them programming languages), then naturally javascript (DOM) and PHP

    Then I learned a bit of Java, got frustrated, gave up, and took up BASIC instead.

    I didn't know about cross-platform implementation of BASIC at that time, so when I switched to Linux, I thought I had to switch to another language.

    That's how I finally landed on C/C++, and "really" started programming. Still learning actively. Largest projects just a few thousand lines.
    Last edited by cyberfish; 01-11-2009 at 02:35 AM.

  12. #12
    In my head happyclown's Avatar
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    In my head
    Quote Originally Posted by abachler View Post
    It started as a hobby when I was 9...
    9? That's amazing. I was still learning to walk at that age.
    OS: Linux Mint 13(Maya) LTS 64 bit.

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    2,3 for me.

    I start at a crisp age of 12, with tada QBASIC!
    and then C two years later.

  14. #14
    Disrupting the universe Mad_guy's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    I program so I can get all the ladies.

    EDIT: it's mainly 2. I just entered university, and have been programming since I was about 11 or 12.

    But the ladies are a big factor.
    operating systems: mac os 10.6, debian 5.0, windows 7
    editor: back to emacs because it's more awesomer!!
    version control: git


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad_guy View Post
    I program so I can get all the ladies.

    EDIT: it's mainly 2. I just entered university, and have been programming since I was about 11 or 12.

    But the ladies are a big factor.
    Its how I got my gf now.

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