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11-09-2003, 01:37 PM
i just wanted to know how did most of you get into programming?
how did you learn?
and what programming languages do you know?

11-09-2003, 03:32 PM
I first started programming with mIRC because I wanted to make an IRC bot. Then I decided to start learn C++, I don't remeber why.

Right now I know C/C++, mIRC, PHP, and HTML. I learned a few other along the way but never stuck with them.

I learn by reading and asking questions. The best book I've read for starting with C++ is C++ How to Program.

11-09-2003, 03:33 PM
As this isnt really a specific programming thread, I moved it to GD.

11-09-2003, 03:39 PM
i first started because i was working as a tech for a computer company and my boss was working on developing this software package for inventory and customer file maintinance for businesses. he wanted to get some of his techs into programming to help with the project and i was selected.

i didnt have much programming experience before that, so i decided to start learning an all purpose language. i picked C++, and most of my learning was done here on these boards, asking stupid questions and getting confusing answers. :)

11-09-2003, 04:42 PM
I started learning C++ more than five years ago to write games. I then found out how difficult a one man game making company is. So I also picked up the sub set to C++ C, and JavaScript. I also learned how to create web pages by hand. Now I'm working on learning Java only because the CS curiculum requires me to learn it. I learned everything I know from books and on my own. I never really cared for asking questions unless I absolutly could not figure out the problem.

11-09-2003, 06:28 PM
I learned programming at first because I wanted to be some uber hacker or some $$$$. Then I learned making programs is a thousand times more rewarding and fun. I learned by buying 5 different books on C and C++. One book on HTML, 3 on Java, 1 online about PHP. And some others. Then I spend all my time on places like this and reading about stuff I never learned yet on the forums. Then when I find someone posting source code, I pop it into my compiler and see what it does then try to break it down in my mind.

I currently know or have a nice grasp of.

C, C++, HTML, Java, Javascript, BASIC and I'm trying to learn how to code in FORTRAN for no particular reason.

11-09-2003, 06:50 PM
What eventually led me to C++ and other languages was a 3 hour class I took about HTML. After that, I spend about a year with HTML and Javascript. I read a book on C++, but it left no impression on me, and I hardly remembered anything. I picked up a book on Java, and read over it thoroughly. After I got quite a few more things into my head, I looked at C++ again and mastered it VERY quickly. Along the way, I learned PHP, Perl, QBasic, BASIC, Visual Basic, about XML and XSLT. I really don't know where, but I just checked and I have books on some of them. Huh.

11-09-2003, 07:01 PM
I started programming in 8th grade because me and my friends wanted to make games and be famous game developers. (Dont we all?). We all took the beginning computer course at our middle school which taught Logo and BASIC.

I am now a freshman in college.

I am fluent in C, C++, Java, BASIC, and Logo. I also know a good amount of Assembly. And there is some Pascal and Lisp mixed in there as well, but I do not know those languages very well.

11-10-2003, 01:04 AM
cool i always wanted to make websites so i learnt html witch took about 2 weeks to master, i wanted to get into programming so i was told C++ is a good place to start so im trying to learn off the tutorials on this site on others

11-10-2003, 02:18 AM
In my case, I was trying to figure out how did someone make the whole forum scroll across the screen in some game.

I found out it was an "imaginative" use of the *chokes* marquee tag.
I went on to learn more html, of course.

Later I wondered how those people made their websites do funny things, and went on to learn javascript.

After that, there was the problem of creating an online form.
HTML wasnt enough (didnt want it to go through email), I couldnt figure out how to do it with JS, and so messed around with some Perl scripts.
It didnt work out, then I chanced upon PHP.
Naturally, I absorbed it, and learnt some SQL in the process to help me work with a mysql database.

Eventually, I decided to take Computing as one of the subjects to offer for my GCE 'A' level exams, and in the process learnt C++.

The programming languages (going by a loose definition) I know would then be C/C++, PHP, some Perl, and maybe javascript.

11-10-2003, 02:22 AM
>QBasic, BASIC, Visual Basic

I am sorry....but this is just one of my pet peeves...

I hate it when people refer to these as seperate languages.

They all use the same computer language. They are all BASIC interpreters/compilers.

Visual Basic is not its own language. It is a compiler for the BASIC language. QBasic is the same way.

That is like me saying: Now I know Borland C++ Builder, Turbo C++, Visual C++, and GCC.

Good for me??? They are all C/C++ compilers. The interfaces might be different. The API's and standards used in each might be different. But they all use the C/C++ languages.

The same goes for Visual Basic, Power Basic, QBasic, FirstBasic, GamesBasic, and DarkBasic, and any other Basic compiler you find out there.

They all use the Basic language. They are all Basic compilers. Some of them are just equipped with more features, different API's, etc. Just like C++ compilers.

11-10-2003, 03:20 AM
I started programming when I discovered my university's mainframe produced nicely formatted scatter diagrams from statistical data with far less effort from me than the previous technique I was using, i.e. it was simple laziness.

I program mostly with C/C++ now but have a high level of expertise with Fortran and Pascal, and reasonable experience with assemblers, Basics, Cobol, Coral etc...

11-10-2003, 03:56 PM
long time ago in a galaxy far far away. i fuond out everyday normal people like us can make websites. i did so on angelfire.com and learned HTML and all that. i never had a clue what kind of website to make. but i kept making websites! a new one everyweek. then im like HEY i wanna make games. and this guy i knew online who made games and got me into the idea pointed me towards C++, he said i should learn BASIC first so i did that. I also worked wiht macormedia flash too and learned that. i know now

Actionscript (flash)
some DirectX (if you consider OGL and DTX languages)