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ammar
12-09-2002, 06:44 AM
I'm about to become 19 I started programming, about a year ago.

Polymorphic OOP
12-09-2002, 06:51 AM
I'm 18, I started programming about 1 year and 3 months ago

kermi3
12-09-2002, 07:06 AM
I started logowriter in 3rd grade, not seriously though, learned a little more in 4th, and by 5th grade we had functions, loops, if statements, the whole nine yards. The only thing that I'm not sure if we did was input. Well maybe we did, it's been a while.

And yes I still contend that Logowriter is a language!!!! And for those of you who don't think so, I started Basic in 4th, and Pascal in 8th.

Waldo2k2
12-09-2002, 07:09 AM
learned perl when i was 15 ::shivers::
pretty much said screw that and went on to learn c++, now im much happier

adamviper
12-09-2002, 07:15 AM
i was 16 in 10th grade when i started c++ and started pascal at 17.

Necrodeemer
12-09-2002, 07:52 AM
Started on C at 15, left it for C++, just got an assembly book. :->

Taken up a course in C++, as in Kent, UK, not many schools do courses purely on programming. I don't count VB as true programming. As it can't be used outside of Excel.

Pioneer
12-09-2002, 08:27 AM
I'm 16 and I started programming last year.

deathstryke
12-09-2002, 08:32 AM
My mom picked up a hunk of junk when I was in 1st or 2nd grade that I toyed around with basic on. then I started ti83 in August and c++ in november

I might as well call myself 17, my bday is the 31st

bob20
12-09-2002, 09:40 AM
I'm 18, and I started programming about two years ago.

MadHatter
12-09-2002, 09:57 AM
16.. sort of started when i was.. 12? maybe 13... but i didn't get serious about it til i was 14 and a half, or something. and just started c++ earlier this year.

Eibro
12-09-2002, 10:10 AM
Started C++ like a month ago. I spent about a year wandering through the procedural side of C++ thinking I knew "C++". Make sense?

vasanth
12-09-2002, 12:01 PM
I am 19 now.. i started out when i was 10 years old... LOGO and BASIC (at school..) later learned Pascal and now i am comfortable ith C,C++ , JAVA, ASP,VB,HTML,Java Script, Oracle..

SMurf
12-09-2002, 12:36 PM
I'm 18 now, started programming when I was 4, doing BASIC on the Atari 65XE w/ tape recorder (Yes, one of THOSE :p). Back then, a 512KB SIMM cost nearly 200! Learnt VB when I was 10. After finally getting to grips with it, I was disgusted by its rampant difficulty in dealing with the Windows API and started dabbling in C (In DOS, initially, didn't have any win32 libraries).

Virtually stopped programming completely when I was 13, as it was messing with my head and my grades in school were fubar. Two years later I was happily reunited and amazed at how much better I understood what I was writing by simply taking a step back and analysing how it ticks.

It's one relationship in my life that's still going strong :D

adrianxw
12-09-2002, 01:20 PM
45. Began programming in 1977.

XSquared
12-09-2002, 04:46 PM
I started with Basic when I was 9. I'm turning 16 on the 31st.

Sebastiani
12-09-2002, 04:53 PM
30 on December 15th. I've been programming since June 2001.

MethodMan
12-09-2002, 08:42 PM
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.


Wow, people below 13, I think we should keep the R rated stuff off these boards, j/k.

Polymorphic OOP
12-09-2002, 08:58 PM
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 :(

Mister C
12-09-2002, 10:51 PM
29, started with Pascal in high school!

face_master
12-09-2002, 11:15 PM
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)

dP munky
12-09-2002, 11:51 PM
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 :D :D :D

master5001
12-10-2002, 02:18 AM
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.

ammar
12-10-2002, 04:01 AM
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++.

VegasSte
12-10-2002, 04:34 AM
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!

ammar
12-10-2002, 06:25 AM
That's interresting, most of the users ar <18 years.

Terrancee
12-10-2002, 07:29 AM
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.

ammar
12-10-2002, 07:35 AM
Terrancee,
Ofcourse should force his children to become something, but teaching them programming doesn't mean that they should be programmers.

biosninja
12-10-2002, 09:15 AM
I'm 20 (almost 21) started programming when I was 14

Shadow12345
12-10-2002, 02:01 PM
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!

Eibro
12-10-2002, 02:05 PM
... 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.

Shadow12345
12-10-2002, 02:23 PM
Yes, then your kid will grow up to hate programming.

*tears well up in eyes*
h-h-h-h-hate programming? :(

SATAN!

*jumps out window*

ammar
12-10-2002, 02:34 PM
Shadow12345,
This post is not to compare ourselfs to others, but I wanted know how old were you when you first started programming?

Eibro,
I mean that you should give him the opportunity to learn( inroducing him to programming) so that if likes it, he can start early.

Govtcheez
12-10-2002, 02:47 PM
shadow: echo ammar - I think the purpose of this was just to get an idea of how much experience is here.

I'm 21 - I started programming in Pascal when I was 15, did some VB when I was 16, and since I've been in college I've been focusing more on embedded programs than apps for most people. We've been taking classes in 68HC11 and 68332 ASM, C for the 68HC11, plus Java and UNIX C.

Nippashish
12-10-2002, 04:35 PM
I'm 15, started seriously programing in September of 2001 (not in school, it just happens that I started in Spetember). I learnt HTML when I was like 9, and did some logo in 3rd grade, but I don't count HTML, and the logo never lead anywhere (because I couldn't get the program at home) so I don't count them.

datainjector
12-10-2002, 05:30 PM
I am 18 .Started programming in C4 months ago and still programming in C , learnd a bit of Assembly, C++ and java(BTW java sucks*yuck*) too.I am interested in Socket programming.

Shadow12345
12-10-2002, 05:46 PM
Well I realize this wasn't meant for this post to have people compare themselves, but it's not like you frequently see posts saying "Who has the most programming skills? Lets get into petty fights arguing over who is the uber programmer!"

I was just saying i don't want anyone saying stuff like "Oh I started programming the day I was born and I learned C++ in 21 minutes and i'm the best one here"

It was meant as a harmless post, honest! :)

Sebastiani
12-10-2002, 07:10 PM
I'm just waiting for Salem to post here. :D

webturtle0
12-10-2002, 07:45 PM
wow, I didn't realize how many people there are on here who are under 18. I'm 18, and I started programming about 4 months ago. Unless you consider html a programming language, which most (including me) don't, then it was 4 years ago.

Polymorphic OOP
12-10-2002, 11:06 PM
I didn't mean like "OMG program or die"

Just once a week maybe explain something to him about programming -- sorta like music lessons. Not all people who grow up taking piano lessons hate piano when they're older, and if they do, they still learned a lot from it.

Programming isn't as different from that as people like to believe. It's creative and makes you think, just like art or music or writing.

Stoned_Coder
12-10-2002, 11:26 PM
31
started coding 1980ish

face_master
12-10-2002, 11:29 PM
Shadow12345, you wouldn't punish your kids with programming, you'd reward them with programming lessons ;)

ammar
12-11-2002, 03:39 AM
Originally posted by face_master
Shadow12345, you wouldn't punish your kids with programming, you'd reward them with programming lessons ;)
I like that:D

ammar
12-11-2002, 03:42 AM
Originally posted by Shadow12345
Well I realize this wasn't meant for this post to have people compare themselves, but it's not like you frequently see posts saying "Who has the most programming skills? Lets get into petty fights arguing over who is the uber programmer!"

I was just saying i don't want anyone saying stuff like "Oh I started programming the day I was born and I learned C++ in 21 minutes and i'm the best one here"

It was meant as a harmless post, honest! :)

By the way, I think that it's not always, that the people who learned programming early are the best programmers, even if leared programming for a bout a year or two, you one can achive a very good level in programming.

face_master
12-11-2002, 03:47 AM
Exactly. "ooohh I learnt BASIC when I was 12, it felt so cool making expert code like this:"
PRINT "Heres the numbers 1 to 10!"

counter = 0
WHILE counter < 10
PRINT counter
WEND

Brian
12-11-2002, 10:44 AM
I'm 16 i started learning programming when i was ten.

Polymorphic OOP
12-11-2002, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by face_master
Exactly. "ooohh I learnt BASIC when I was 12, it felt so cool making expert code like this:"
PRINT "Heres the numbers 1 to 10!"

counter = 0
WHILE counter < 10
PRINT counter
WEND

That's 0 through 9 :p

Waldo2k2
12-11-2002, 05:17 PM
ROTFLMAO

oh man...open mouth, insert foot

face_master
12-11-2002, 10:55 PM
Originally posted by Polymorphic OOP
That's 0 through 9 :p Which would be expainable by the fact that I picked up BASIC at school this year while getting in trouble for having C++ compilers...

Rafiki
12-12-2002, 02:02 AM
I am 23 and I learned programming when I was 21 (C++ and Java).

no-one
12-12-2002, 02:11 AM
older and before j00. hehe.

>45. Began programming in 1977.

and people still argue with you don't they!!

edit: can't imagine having to program those old computers(if you could really call them that)... yehk.