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ZooTrigger1191
02-08-2003, 10:55 PM
For most people its an inactive social life which causes their love for computers to grow quickly. For me....well....its an inactive social life and the desire of game making.

What inspired you to code on your free-time?

Cheeze-It
02-08-2003, 11:01 PM
Net Yaroze. I wanted one sooo badly -- even though I knew nothing
about how games were made.

Govtcheez
02-08-2003, 11:05 PM
I was threatened with a choice of K&R or a cattle prod. I picked the one that was more painful.

-KEN-
02-08-2003, 11:07 PM
Not sure...always just wondered what made computer programs tick. I used to love to type on my dad's old monochrome orange and black PC. Can't remember what it was...I think maybe one of the first kinds of IBM? It ran CP/M or something...

Can't say it's ever had anything to do with my social life, though :) I've been able to balance the two...

dP munky
02-08-2003, 11:08 PM
i dont know what inspired me honestly, i just started to become more interested in computers...im not antisocial or anything, ok well, maybe a little, but thats not what made interested. either way i started to take some classes on hardware and programming....which lead me to game programming.

alpha
02-08-2003, 11:19 PM
I just was good at comps since I started, started web page html stuff, then i started a class on c++, got hooked, and i plan to major in comp engineering in college.

Panopticon
02-09-2003, 12:04 AM
Life story::

Saw the movie Wargames
Thought hacking was cool. (When I was still in my larval state, so don't blame me for being a llama :p) Went on google. Searched some documents on "How to hack". Read documents returned. They all had 'programming' as a pre-requisite. Directly went on learning C++ (instead of the 'recommended' VB for noob programming... gay teachers tryna waste my time... :rolleyes: ) because of my huge ego. On the way, learnt the true definition of hacking, and cracking. Lost interest in hacking. Continued programming. So there ya go folks! My epic *sniff* struggle of a life story.

Eibro
02-09-2003, 12:42 AM
I think it was after making my own page in HTML, and using the JavaScript snippets in my page (which everyone thought was SO cool) I wanted to learn how to make my own JavaScripts. It just so happened that the website where I was learning HTML (www.webmonkey.com) had JavaScript tutorials. JavaScript lead to PERL (which a friend introduced me to) and PERL lead to C++.

Polymorphic OOP
02-09-2003, 12:59 AM
I live on the internet. I have no social life. I love math. I'm creative.

Fin

ammar
02-09-2003, 04:14 AM
I always liked computers, I can my first one when I was in the second grade... Then I wanted to know how to make my own programs, and I started learning programming, and I went to college to study computer sciences.

adrianxw
02-09-2003, 05:32 AM
>>> What inspired you to become a computer programming?

Laziness.

I was at Uni and deeply involved in a paleaontology project involving the production of hundreds of statistical "scatter diagrams". In the bar one evening I got chatting to some Comp. Sci. students who told me the Uni's mighty ICL 1904 mainframe would produce these things quickly and easily.

I did a few, hmm, I did a few more, nice, I looked into other ways this thing could do my work for me, I started spending lab hours in the computer room not the lab, I became the School of Earth Science's "computer man"...

I am now a software engineer.

moemen ahmed
02-09-2003, 07:03 AM
well it began with me when i was 7 , i think. my father is a programmer, i loved sharing him some stuff . i learnt BASIC programming and keep on it for a long time then i learnt FORTRAN, PASCAL, Visual Basic... and finally i felt that C++ is the door i was looking for all these years. i could do much better all over these years (im 21 now) . but the system of study in egypt and the social life was obstacles in front of me (beside being little moody guy )

thats it .......


by the way , i think everyone ve to try to keep his social life out of the effect of his coputerized_life , we are human beings :)

Travis Dane
02-09-2003, 09:36 AM
Well, I always liked creating things myself, And i've done so in
the past (Mapping, Modeling), But making your own program
is a really an incredible expirience. And the reason why i'm going
to continue with programming to the fullest is because i think
i have the 'things' required to program (logic thinking, good at
math, good at.....lost its goddamn name..., and of course a
good motifation). And even though i started out late with
programming (14), I cathed up REALL quick (i was in C++ within
4 months).

RoD
02-09-2003, 09:45 AM
What got me started was an old windows 3.1 computer. As lame as it sounds, heres the story. This computer never loaded windows unless you typed win.exe at the console.

Well one day, keep in mind i was only 7, i was screwing with a program, and the program called for an edit in autoexec. After figuring out i could load it with the text editor, i also realized what the lines in it were doing.

Sooner than i knew it i was trying to program it(as u can call it) to load windows before this other junk. Next thing you know, i had windows booting as it should.

Then i was into HTML pretty heavy, i soon out-learned my teacher(5th grade) in that subject, and kind of stalled. After a month or so i was fixing the computer in my different class rooms(still 5th grade).

Before i hit 8th grade i had the comp i'm on now(lol), and i was into the basics of pascal. Between than and 11th i picked up networking and got certified in it. In 11th i found Visual Basic, and now i'm in CS2, study of C++.

Yawgmoth
02-09-2003, 12:04 PM
I first became fascinated w/computers when I saw Solataire on Windows 3.1. When I went to school, there was only 1 other kid who knew anything about computers, and he and I were very competitive. Over the summer I took a course in LOGO, and that was my introduction to programming. I was so good, I would say something like "How do you tell the computer to do one thing if a statement is true and another if it is not?" and then he would tell us about if/else statements just cuz I was smart enuough to understand the concept. I didn't really get into C++ until I moved to a different country, and all the computer magazines were more professional than gaming oriented, so I decided to learn more programming so that the 30 pages of tutorials in the magazine on stuff like "Semigon converters in a UNIX runtime environment and other applications of OOP" wouldn't go to waste.

Silvercord
02-09-2003, 12:55 PM
doom

Travis Dane
02-09-2003, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by Silvercord
doom

That's something what the kind of people would say which we
talked about above (thinking only about a finished game).

[edit]

Sorry, We discussed about it in the 'For Those Of You That Want A Career In Programming' thread.

Unregd
02-09-2003, 04:03 PM
Several years ago, I had a passion for video games and eventually wanted to make my own. After my family got a PC, I quickly became adept at using Windows and even wrote simple menu-based DOS *.BAT file "programs." For awhile, I was stuck with HTML and JavaScript, but I soon got Visual C++ 6.0 for Christmas. My interest slowly waned, but every now and then, I've wanted to get back into it, and so here I am.

Travis Dane
02-09-2003, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by Unregd
My interest slowly waned, but every now and then, I've wanted to get back into it, and so here I am.

*scrathes head* , So you want to do it now and then? And
when you want to, you do it for a while and then stop again?

XSquared
02-09-2003, 04:35 PM
I liked the idea of something that would listen to me.

Actually, I just like the fact that it does what I tell it to, and when it screws up, its my fault (or Microsoft's :P).

Silvercord
02-09-2003, 04:57 PM
There's also always something new to learn about computers, you will never get bored with them if you've got a searching mind. There seems to always be something more difficult and challenging to go to, for I doubt many of us here have a true understanding of the low level dynamics that actually makes up a computer.

Travis Dane
02-09-2003, 06:51 PM
Originally posted by Silvercord
There's also always something new to learn about computers, you will never get bored with them if you've got a searching mind. There seems to always be something more difficult and challenging to go to, for I doubt many of us here have a true understanding of the low level dynamics that actually makes up a computer.

Of course you can always write Quake3 in assembly, So yes there
keeps being something that's more difficult to do:) .
I don't exactly know how the lowlevel system of a PC works, But
i certainly know that its very complicated and that a pc game isnt
just a silly game but a very advanced structure.

civix
02-09-2003, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by Polymorphic OOP
I live on the internet. I have no social life. I love math. I'm creative.

Fin
I live on the Internet, I have no social life, I hate math with a passion, i'm not creative.

Its mostly because I sit at the god damn mother beeping nerd tables at school because i'm kicked out of every other one.

-KEN-
02-09-2003, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by civix
I live on the Internet, I have no social life, I hate math with a passion, i'm not creative.

Its mostly because I sit at the god damn mother beeping nerd tables at school because i'm kicked out of every other one.

:: points and laughs :: It's funny because nobody likes you.




;)

Scourfish
02-10-2003, 12:21 AM
Shigeru Myamoto

zahid
02-10-2003, 12:39 AM
Wow.. I'm surprised, how do you know that? Never noticed. Yeah... I'm living little a bit inactive social life.

I wanted to do something special, wanted to be someone special. I wanted machine to work for me the way I want. I was surprised, how machine works for people. As XSquared said, I liked the idea of something that would listen to me. Actually, I just like the fact that it does what I tell it to, and when it screws up, its my fault.


Editing the autoexec.bat and load win.exe (Windows 3.11) at startup with QLMC (Quick Link Message Center, found from the CD of USRobotics Modem 28.8Kbps) to prepare the pc ready to receive Fax, Messages for individual even I could check messages out of my office using password. I could use it for BBS.

oooo!! sweet memory. Thanks RoD for helping to recall.

Shadow
02-10-2003, 01:47 AM
I'm not a programmer. I'm a jack of all trades.

XR3D403
02-10-2003, 06:01 AM
Well, I can't call myself a computer programmer yet. Yet I'm learning about it.

I want to learn it because I simpely love it because it's a mental challenge, and it just feels so good when the compiler says "compiled successfully".

I guess the entire complexity just facinates me :)

-:[XR3D403]:-

Polymorphic OOP
02-10-2003, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by XR3D403
it just feels so good when the compiler says "compiled successfully"

And so awful when it crashes at runtime ;)

XR3D403
02-10-2003, 06:06 AM
Haha that's true :) But then I just blame M$ for it (ok, they have nothing to do with it, but it feels really good :D)

-:[XR3D403]:-

Travis Dane
02-10-2003, 06:08 AM
Originally posted by XR3D403
and it just feels so good when the compiler says "compiled successfully".

I can remember that it indeed felt good when it finally compiled
in my firsts days:) . Now it always compiles but it became a
question of does it work out the way you figured it would?

XR3D403
02-10-2003, 06:30 AM
>Travis Dane

I use DEV C++ from Bloodshed, if you made some errors in your code, then it doesn't compile.

And yes, sometimes it does compile, and the code works, but jsut not the way it is meanth to work :p. But you get no runtimes though, atleast not that i have experienced.

{XR3D403}

Travis Dane
02-10-2003, 06:34 AM
Originally posted by XR3D403
if you made some errors in your code, then it doesn't compile.


It usually doesn't:p

XR3D403
02-10-2003, 06:36 AM
I dunno :) hehe I've only been programming for 2 days now :p (well learning it that is :P)

{XR3D403}

Nutshell
02-10-2003, 07:00 AM
I just started out with creating a web page. After that i saw in a bookstore "Beginning programming for dummies". Bought it, read it. Played with visual basic afterwards. After a few months of wasted time i went onto C.

I program coz i love to claim credit ;)

Travis Dane
02-10-2003, 07:03 AM
Originally posted by Nutshell
I program coz i love to claim credit ;)

MS can claim up your program, You're using their OS's console
system.