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happyclown
01-10-2009, 05:31 PM
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.

cpjust
01-10-2009, 05:49 PM
I prefer C++ above all others, but at my current job, I'm using Java, Perl & shell scripts.

SlyMaelstrom
01-10-2009, 06:53 PM
Currently the first two... but the third might be the case in the near-to-distant future.

mike_g
01-10-2009, 07:27 PM
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,

PING
01-10-2009, 07:52 PM
1,2,3 for me.

VirtualAce
01-10-2009, 08:37 PM
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.

whiteflags
01-10-2009, 10:08 PM
why do you program?
lol why didn't you program earlier?

abachler
01-10-2009, 11:17 PM
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.

audinue
01-11-2009, 12:25 AM
I program sometime just for fun, make my brain sharp :D, 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. :D

Elysia
01-11-2009, 03:09 AM
I'm just doing it as a hobby. C++ has been and is my all-time favorite, ever since I begun programming.

cyberfish
01-11-2009, 03:17 AM
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).

*edit*
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.
*/edit*

happyclown
01-12-2009, 04:13 PM
It started as a hobby when I was 9...

9? That's amazing. I was still learning to walk at that age. :)

Yoshi
01-12-2009, 04:58 PM
2,3 for me.

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

Mad_guy
01-12-2009, 08:05 PM
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.

sphynxter
01-12-2009, 08:19 PM
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.

zacs7
01-12-2009, 08:43 PM
> But the ladies are a big factor.
Didn't work for me when I started Uni. There is one girl in my degree, and 3 in CS (compared with ~100 guys). Not exactly what I'd call "ladies" either ;)

sphynxter
01-12-2009, 08:51 PM
Don't get a CS lady silly. You use your cunning to get someone into something completely non-related.

cpjust
01-12-2009, 08:56 PM
If you want to get the ladies, take nursing or fashion design (wait, on second thought, that one might help you get the guys).

sphynxter
01-12-2009, 09:00 PM
Nurses can't seem to resist programmers. Or thus has been my experience. That or I have a thing for nurses. I am undecided. Another good reason to take up programming is because its a tool in which one can use to accomplish many tasks. Such as programming robotic logic, or home automation.

happyclown
01-12-2009, 09:24 PM
I have it on good authority that this is how to use programming to attract a lady:

Program the microwave to display "How was your day?" when the lady uses it to cook your dinner. :)

cpjust
01-12-2009, 09:50 PM
Or even better, go into Robotic Engineering and build the lady of your dreams. :D

happyclown
01-12-2009, 10:09 PM
Or even better, go into Robotic Engineering and build the lady of your dreams. :D

Which would be Lindsay Lohan. :)

zacs7
01-12-2009, 10:28 PM
> Which would be Lindsay Lohan.
Huh? She's um... "not that way" so to speak. Unless of course you're a girl!!!!111oneoneone

stevesmithx
01-13-2009, 01:21 AM
>Or even better, go into Robotic Engineering and build the lady of your dreams.
Like eva in Igor. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_(film))? >:)

vart
01-13-2009, 02:24 AM
because it is fun, demanding work that as a nice bonus - is paid well

cpjust
01-13-2009, 09:00 AM
Which would be Lindsay Lohan. :)

You mean this freckle covered girl? http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/original/lindsay_lohan_jeremy_piven_party.jpg
Maybe without the freckles, but yuk, I hate freckles.

GanglyLamb
01-13-2009, 01:33 PM
I started programming in high school and ever since I wear my "nerd programming alert" badge/button with pride. I hope all of you have one too, I even got all the collectors items (including the ultimate nerdy cap (http://images8.cafepress.com/product/94599508v5_350x350_Front_Color-White.jpg)).

Also because I make a partial living with it (untill I get my degree and step into the wonderfull world of industry and socially disabled friends who also have these nerdy caps).

And yes definitely the women, as there are 2.5 / 100 in my class (that half is a girl that looks like a man, the other two pose as girls but they have men like brain I think).

brewbuck
01-13-2009, 01:46 PM
When I was in school there seemed to be a good number of women in CS. From what I've heard that number has gotten worse in the past few years.

My wife used to write massively parallel code for Intel. That is, after she finished implementing an AI spam blocking algorithm which held title of "Best in world" for a period of time.

Then we had our child. Now she sits at home and knits for money. Go figure? ;)

cpjust
01-13-2009, 02:28 PM
Is there something wrong with the poll percentages?
I'm no math genius, but I'm pretty sure they should add up to 100% shouldn't they?

matsp
01-13-2009, 02:30 PM
Is there something wrong with the poll percentages?
I'm no math genius, but I'm pretty sure they should add up to 100% shouldn't they?

Not when multiple choices are allowed - I for example choose 1 and 2, so obviously - which is 2 "votes".

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Mats

Akkernight
01-13-2009, 02:54 PM
I'm learning to program 'cause... I find it fun and want to make games sometime ^^ and I chose 2 and program C++ ;)

happyclown
01-13-2009, 03:38 PM
Is there something wrong with the poll percentages?
I'm no math genius, but I'm pretty sure they should add up to 100% shouldn't they?

With multiple choice, the percentage reflect the number of votes(for each option) versus the number of voters, not the number of votes versus the total number of votes(spread across the all the poll options). Which is why the total percentage exceeds 100%.

Right now, there have been 41 voters, with 21 votes for option 1. So the % is 51.22% of votes versus the number of voters(21/41 = 51.22%). The same for the % in other poll options. :)