View Full Version : What language did you start with?

08-31-2001, 02:32 PM
I'm just now starting and I'm starting with C. How about you guys?


08-31-2001, 02:35 PM
Does HTML count? :D

08-31-2001, 02:36 PM
That's not really a programming language. But if it did then it would be my first too:D


08-31-2001, 03:00 PM
Basic on the ZX Spectrum :) .

08-31-2001, 03:21 PM

08-31-2001, 04:16 PM
>>Basic on the ZX Spectrum

Woah - you had a speccy too!!

Mine caught fire whilr I was using it!

Didnt do any coding on it - too young, played a lot of frogger though

Oh yeah - first lang was qbasic (walace wang's book as an intro)

08-31-2001, 04:18 PM
Turbo Pascal, here.

08-31-2001, 04:59 PM
Qbasic followed by Turbo Pascal.

08-31-2001, 05:02 PM
C , just start yesterday!


08-31-2001, 05:35 PM
Omicron Basic, Atari ST

08-31-2001, 06:48 PM
i started with C++.

08-31-2001, 07:00 PM
I started with basic on zx spectrum,bbc micro,dragon 32 and commodore 64. I quickly grew tired of basic and learnt assembly language for z80 and 6502 processors. I loved programming in assembly for bbc micros as the basic had a built in assembler.... no such luxury on the spectrum!
When i moved into the world of personal computers i started with c and quickly moved on to c++. I am also familiarwith java (but i dont like it),smalltalk,and delphi. I have never done visual basic and almost certainly never will!

08-31-2001, 07:03 PM
Woah - you had a speccy too!! Mine caught on fire

Hey so did mine...... may have been a fault with them but then i had been tampering with the board trying to use the printer port for something it was never designed for!

08-31-2001, 07:17 PM
haha, you guys had a common mishap... that's funny... [laughing with you though i've no idea what you are talking about...]

QBASIC!!! my uncle helped me out a lot with it, and my very first program wasn't really Hello World, i had to make a tree out of asterisks... then i made it variable height. it was to teach the idea of a for loop, it was cool!!! since before i would just use print (refrains from typing the 'f') "*" lines... thx for memories... :p i also had a book which had a lot of example programs which you could type into the editor and have them run... my sis and i never did get that Flyswatter game going, maybe i should look at it again!!! haha... wow... thanks guys...

08-31-2001, 08:22 PM
QBASIC...amazing how we can tell everyone we're above it, yet most of us started off with it.

Oh dude! I have those 'f' problems too. whenever I type the word print now, I notice an f tagged onto the end most of the time.

Your computers all caught on fire...interesting...so just what WERE you trying to do with that printer port...?

The only thing I never got around to doing in QB were programs like

PRINT "talk to me, dude I may be a computer, but I can do a mean convo!"
INPUT "So whassyour name?" name$

...etc, and the never seemed to work right...

It's weird you guys had those ancient computers, and my first programming computer was some cruddy, slow compaq running Win95, but it was still better than one that spontaneously burtsts into flame, I guess! :p

08-31-2001, 08:28 PM
...so just what WERE you trying to do with that printer port...?

Up the voltage so as to power a robot i had built!

08-31-2001, 08:30 PM
My first language was 'English', but I never mastered it.

08-31-2001, 09:18 PM
ahhh!!! must...disinvolve...self...with...tech...jargon... ....

good say dean...

08-31-2001, 09:29 PM
disinvolve, ehh?


*blinks again*

*blinks once more*

*blinks for the last time just for the dramatic effect*

*waits ten minutes*

*has to blink or his eyes will shrivel up*



*clicks on the button*

09-01-2001, 12:20 AM
I began programming with QBASIC as most people do. I quickly became bored and moved on to COBOL, which I consider the first language I really learned.

09-01-2001, 09:09 AM
basic for the bbc micro. then i did html, javascript, and c++.

i Treid c++ twice but the furst time i couldn't find anything for newbie's, tried C, found it boring, and quit. later i was trying to find a good DHTML cursus, and found a C++ cursus at cprogramming.com. found the bourd and here i am.

09-01-2001, 09:47 AM
I started with PASCAL.

I would definitely suggest starting with PASCAL because it is easy enough to learn with limited amounts of time yet complex enough to do some more involved stuff...

09-01-2001, 11:54 PM
Well, when I was born, I could make only a few coos and a lot of crying, but as I grew up, I learned how to say primitives such as "Mommy" and "Daddy" and "Poopoo". A little bit later I learned how to say "Mommy, Daddy, I made a poopoo." and it escalated from there. Currently, though, I'm working with Arnold J. Rimmer to learn how to speak Esperanto.

09-02-2001, 01:34 AM
C, but I've learned a bit of Qbasic & Turbo Pascal. I'm moving onto Java next.

09-02-2001, 10:06 AM
way back when before there was the MS explosion,
I learned BASIC on the ole Tandy
and then COBOL and RPG

now I am learning C and it is tough.

Trying out the Quiz in the Learning section on this site (which is mostly C++) was a bit of help to see what I get and don't get.
Got a 44% which is higher than I thought I would get.
1/2 the questions are purely C++ related and I am still learning the basics of C.

09-02-2001, 10:23 AM
C++ is one of the most complex programming languages i have ever seen, ever.

Take your time with it or be prepared to fail.

(btw, i never actually looked at C, i went straight for C++ and didn't have much trouble.)

Da Beav
09-02-2001, 12:26 PM
my first was VB and first program with it was a cool tic tac toe game. That was a while ago and then I got into Java (the devil IMHO) and now its C.:)

09-02-2001, 09:52 PM
I started with QBasic about 8 years ago, moved onto C after a few years and to C++ last year.

09-02-2001, 11:55 PM
Ughhh. Qbasic is horrible. I taught myself really, just got some examples and started RIPPING. qbasic.com helped a lot, too.

09-03-2001, 02:19 AM
A year and a half a go I had never even knew how to turn on a pc...and stood on chairs when ever a mouse was around...Now I am windows proficient and can programme pascal and more than 1/2 way through a distance learning course on 'C' and will eventually move on to 'C++'. Not bad for someone not of the computing generation...under 35..

09-03-2001, 02:48 AM
GEORGE II JCL on an ICL 1904S, followed quickly by the assembler on the same machine. My first compiled language was FORTRAN IV.

09-03-2001, 09:21 AM
I have a friend who worked at some laboratory in texas U. and he programs using FORTRAM IV because of its quick maths. He programs subroutines for some of the Mars missions for NASA...

He's a cool guy too, all in all, and an aerospace engineer.