at his place. Got a QA job and taught myself HTML and JavaScript. oh well. We actually could send emails between the computers in the network and write simple basic programs. It was still another 10 years before I really got into programming. I don’t have the power supply for it any more so I don’t know if it still works, but I remember the “Q”, “W” and “E” keys stopped working at some point (though that didn’t stop me using it! Hacked a lot of games, got employed as a hacker at age 14 with 300 USD wage, doing tape to disk games conversion. Some stuff was written in MaxMSP, some in C, etc…. My mom was clever enough to ask me if I wanted to see how games were developed and... although I didn't learn to code games, I caught the bug... and found out programming was my passion (yeah... till I actually met girls, LOL!). I didn't know about CSS at the time, so it was all table layouts. I guess some things haven't changed, lol! It wasn't until junior year that I learned front-end web development was a career. This was way back when layouts used HTML tables and image maps were all the rage. made me laugh out loud, too true!! Back 10 years ago, I took Computer Science at high school. I some Flash and Photoshop stuff when I was 14 and liked creating digital things. Turned out my brain worked great for programming, I just had to be interested in what I was working on. So I took it on myself to take some career counselling, basically discovering my values and skills and how they could best translate to a new career path - plus I was happy to go back to school! It was slow, but I didn't know what a compiler was, and building an .exe was a complete mystery to me. I felt much more confident about my time in the fellowship because of this foundation. I might finally start to think about it when I am running out of things to list. Then I was just lost for a few years after school. Again, I found this interesting, but there was no chance I would see an computer anytime soon. Currently work in Web Development and but also interested in things like parallel computing. I am currently transitioning into front end. IF and GOTO). And played around with Linux. Currently trying to write a compiler. I knew it would involve programming, and well, here I am nearly 16 years later working as a programmer. One hiccup though, these possible job opportunities were for front end developers not actual managers at supermarkets LOL. Fast forward 6 years and i had started off as a 1st line technical support phone guy, I was still actively developing in my spare time so looking into ways i could make my job easier. Then went to business / economics (fail) and then graphical design (barely passed). I still don't know. From then, i developed my skills and got excellent grades in programming. Lord knows what'll be next... As a young teenager in the early 80s my Dad had a friend come over to show us an Atari 800. I started by typing them in, then learned to understand them and then creating my own games. Pretty soon I got in trouble for that, turns out big companies don't enjoy what they call 'shadow IT'. We played a lot with video games (and also punch cards!) Like most, I started dabbling with code as a kid customizing layouts for Xanga and Myspace. Highfive for Neopets! It was not long until people started calling asking for help getting their businesses onto the web and my career as a web developer took off. It was a pleasure so I continued. Always loved video games and I have always been very curious about how people where making them. I discovered programs (progz as they were known back then) that you could use to punt people off of AOL via instant message, or spam chat room messages with ascii art, or any number of things that an obnoxious 14 year old kid would take pleasure in. Ben Halpern Since then I learned VB and VB.Net and later C#. I spent that summer and rest of my time in school teaching myself HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, etc. How I got into programming. I started off the same. I was never very "math-y" but I was deep into HTML and CSS with Neopets and MySpace and LiveJournal, and my first job was as a secretary where I was a web admin (without the title or pay of course), the general Help Desk, and the "find-an-open-source-version-of-this-software-and-make-it-work-by-Sunday" person. Tbh I got into programming bc I wanted to figure out what to do with my life. :), A game on my Schneider 6128 annoyed me so I learned assembly and increased my life count to 255.. Then took a while of self-learning to find out about VB Script first, then later got the book "C++ in 21 days". None of which I cared about much. I dabbled with BASIC and then started learning Z80 assembly language. My uncle gave me a BASIC book and I just started copying the code snippets. It took me five years to get my head around all the theory needed to pass the exams, and when I graduated in late 2007 the recession was starting to kick in, which meant that I only got my first job in 2010. My friends seemed to like it :). After that I've learnt some programming at school, then university, learnt some technologies by myself, but ActionScript was my first experience. For me, I have to create worlds and characters. Made it remarkably easy to tinker with and see what happened. I showed them how to do the affiliate sign up, how to set up a web page for banners, and provided them with a spammer that I could remotely configure to send a percentage of messages to advertise my banner portal. It was terrible but I still have fond memories of it. The art club, which I am also a part of, asked me since they think I am good with computers. IF A="Y" He showed me how BASIC worked, and we wrote a program together to count to a million. For me, it was my friend who started a website for his band on Geocities when I was about 12 or so. He started me with a class learning Fortran 4 on punch cards which seemed designed to kill any interest in computers. Going from learning 2 days a week for 2.5 hours a day to 5 days a week for 8 hours a day was challenging. The closest thing to programming was copying and editing snippets of JavaScript. My mom bought me an XT (early 90's). Same here, but yet, I would like to build a game as a personal project. I happen to know the lead developer for the website and was asked to join. Before you start learning, you’ll want to pick the right programming language to learn. In the summer time, I would spend all night mining and fishing on it. What I do remember was the moment of realisation that I had just built something that goes on the internet. Then a bank app with withdrawls and deposits, complete with a '!' I did a degree in Studio Art, and muddled around with a few jobs retouching photographs and some design, until I bought a Pentium Desktop and wiped WinXP off its disks and installed Linux. However, I was building Myspace themes as a 11 yr old. It started a long time ago, but as you can guess, it was a fundamental experience, so I remember some details. A compiled program is written as a series of humanly understandable computer instructions that can be read by a compiler and linker and translated into machine code so that a computer can understand and run it. How I got into programming. Looking back I must've been super-annoying to everyone else there, but I understood things quickly and completed the course material rapidly. I was 14 and my crush was a computer science/programming major back in high school (it was a vocational high school). Never considered IT as a career for a second while at school in the 80s, I was good at languages and literature and figured I would end up a writer of some kind. It wasn't long after that I officially moved to a dev role. This course will teach you how to program in Scratch, an easy to use visual programming language. I doubt programming would feature on the list. Learning C# was the first step on my journey to becoming a full stack developer. At 15, I started studying “media technology,” where I learned various high-level languages. never got out of that :). Dad said Internet was a fad. Then annoyed my parents until they bought me a i8088 home computer which comes with operation manual and Assembly language manual. Both of my parents have been working in tech by the time I was in more or less conscious age (about 6 or so). Every programming language out there will have its pros and cons. I am very lucky. I fell in love with code and discovered C++ a few years later at college. The transition from a part-time student to a full-time student was definitely an adjustment. I'd got a 386 (win 3.1) to write poetry and do graphics with CorelDraw 2 and Aldus PageMaker. Jailbroke my iPod touch (back when I was 11), discovered that I could write and compile my own runtime extensions. You have experience in so many fields – entertainment, accounting, marketing; how did you decide to … He saw that I was good with computers and unhappy with my job. If you have been following my blog for a while and keeping a lookout at the comments then you might know a bit about me. A friend though gave me a copy of Basic Computer Games My junior high school had a DECwriter hooked up via a 110 baud link to the high school's PDP 11. This seems to be more of a life story, but don't worry, I'm not that old. Got a C64 from my parents when I was 8. I needed a career that I could enjoy while working on skills that I could always improve. You can also set up your profile. Programming accidentally fell in my lap. Then moved on to PHP + MySql to make a little blog (full of security holes, as evidenced by the spam in the comments). I was 23, it was 2 years ago, and it was the best decision I've made so far. He wrote programs, such as simple educational games for us kids. Figured it might be good to broaden horizons a bit so I learned some HTML then lucked into a job at a small web design business. I must have been about 5 or 6 at the time, after that at around age 11 Doom came out, and I got obsessed with multiplayer Token Ring networks.. which got me interested in C, and then C++, Java, etc etc etc.. All because mum refused to give in and do something non-educational. My father was able to turn his hobby interest in technology into a job doing technology work for the federal government. Oh yeah, I (mostly) know that, I can help with that. Somehow, I stumbled upon Geocities or the like and realized I could make webpages. He had already been playing around with similar technologies with Packet Radio so he left his government job and founded one of the first Internet Service Providers in the Washington DC Area. Though I did program stuff on the calculators we got. Free Swag! I loved to play arcade games during our summer holidays and back in... 1986, my school acquired a number of ZX Spectrum. I spent the summer before my first semester diving into it, every day got more and more exciting, I saw a whole new world and it was made of code. Even implemented my own little OS in Assembler. Having previous knowledge of Python allowed me to grasp and absorb more challenging concepts during the full-time fellowship. Naturally, I had acquaintances who wanted to get in on it. However, now I'm working for a great software company, building up my front end skills and confidence levels after a long spell of imposter syndrome. I've worked for years in tech support now and after trying the college thing a few times realized I'd need to find an alternative to move up in the world, and I didn't want that alternative to be management. 29 Apr 2013 So You Don't Want to be a Programmer After All. My highschool had a program where core classes integrated with tech and meant we all had to buy laptops. I stumbled into a software testing job, gradually started learning programming via osmosis, got involved with automated testing, and eventually morphed into a web developer -- all while making virtually zero use of my music degree. I didn't quite understand it, but the idea that electronics can do arithmetic was interesting. Dreamweaver and Flash were still under Macromedia. Now I knew I could manipulate other software on a system and I was sold: I wanted to make computers make my life easier and more entertaining. Currently, we live in a job market entrenched in technology at some level, so I figured that learning basic programming wouldn't hurt. She expressed how much she loved her time at Hackbright and how supportive the environment was. Fate was set - I studied Linux as a hobby while working with bunch of Windows machines for a few years more and then landed a Qt UI job at Skype. I has been a amazing ride and love each new challenge it was put in front of me. That was 2012 and and the rest they say, is history. Since I've been bored most of the time while sitting around in lessons, I fiddled with it and found you could write programs on it in a language called TI-BASIC (a flavour of the BASIC programming language). I studied the source code and learned an alarming amount of the Win32 API as an adolescent and eventually became proficient in writing these programs myself. wanted to become a security expert. It was like magic seeing simple text being transformed into complicated documents. In that sense I'm as self-taught as can be, but I've picked up good coding habbits as well, I'm not just stiching togehter tiny examples from SO. I've always felt like I was perpetually "behind" because I didn't start programming until mid-way through an AAS in Network Engineering. Realized C/C++ could do stuff that Robotic(MegaZeux script lang) could never hope to do so I scraped together whatever cash I could and ran out and bought a Learn C/C++ kit from my local Software Etc. get with the program (third-person singular simple present gets with the program, present participle getting with the program, simple past got with the program, past participle gotten with the program) (US, idiomatic, informal) To become organized, current, or aware. Get it now! I learned BASIC by reading the manual for it. I liked browsing the Internet and going on websites. When I was younger I loved playing Neopets and they had these profiles which you could customize with some CSS and could add some HTML as well. I did physics for a year, had a programming course I didn't really like that much, but after failing physics i reconsidered it, and decided to just jump into a new study (applied programming) and I never stopped, I'm now a week away from starting my internship at Algolia. Then I landed a job at a major insurance company. Eventually I got used to the schedule and now it almost feels normal. It's too beautiful to leave. More importantly, it will introduce you to the fundamental principles of computing and it will help you think like a software engineer. Regardless, I took the challenge and bought several books to guide me and give me inspiration. What's the current state of learning native development versus X-platform tools like flutter, react native, flutter, etc.? So, does all that sound overwhelming, or exciting? Was 8 back in 2008 when my father got me Small Basic, a simpler version of Visual Basic. Hated programming in school because of the way I was taught. In the process of translating my design from Photoshop into the Browser, I fell in love with the immediacy of designing stuff for the web. I learned that computers were things I could control. Although we didn't go in depth into the intricacies of programming, we were exposed to a wide spectrum of topics during the part-time class. I started teaching Breakdance to the CEO of Entrata for a summer parade. It's nice to be surrounded by people who are eager and excited to be in a classroom. I've been working as an Operator for about ten years before merging into the Devops workspace. To punt someone off AOL all you had to do was send them the following message: peace out sucka!. Then, changed the text in the translation file of Sid Meier's Civilization II. In 6th grade of school we were given a TI Voyage 200 calculator. I knew how to fix a computer so I started working with tech support, one day I was offered an opportunity to work with html and I asked a friend if he could teach me in one weekend, he said "sure" that was 13 years ago. Because I always thought that it would be pretty cool to learn how to program, I started by picking up a book about C, which I quickly gave up :D . It was in Russian and it was called "Prof. Fortran's Encyclopaedia" (you can search for it, DuckDuckGo shows it right up front if you search for the name, while Google does not). So, I searched for some HTML tutorials, and made my own D2 site in XHTML. I didn't really find things I liked on other sites so I ended up learning to make my own. Late 70s and I loved arcade video games but lacked money. I stayed up late nights learning 6502 Assembly. It was the best decision I ever made! I switched majors two weeks into the one required programming class because I'd found programming far easier and more enjoyable than anything I was doing on the Networking side. I wrote a few functions to solve some of the problems, including showing steps along the way. If I had an Apple TV, I would buy your game. One day, I was exploring on my cousins computer and found a program called "Methodus Toolz". Wouldn't trade that time in my life for anything! It was (and still is) a charm. Now I think choosing IT in 2008 was best decision. I released some Windows apps and did things with Arduino and RPi. I'm now evaluating what new language to learn (Dart / Go / rust ... so many to choose from!) Since readers were very interested in these topics, one of their editors started a series of HTML tutorials. In my first year of engineering college I didn't did well in core IT subjects, I tried to change branch also, But in the end I decided to carry on started learning Java, HTML etc. This fourth item, on the other hand, is a more tangible and immediate play. (Although that may not be literally true, because it was probably assembly instead of BASIC.). At this point I was working with PHP, HTML, JS, and CSS. There's so many cool projects I could have done, but didn't, a few years ago. My mum did not like the idea that I was going to be home a whole year so she enrolled me in an IT institute (AITI-KACE). I learned programming while being the middle man between the grunts and the geeks. I was also referring to job descriptions to see what else I needed to learn. Something I've yet to achieve, but building web "pages" is still very, very fun. "someone already launched another framework by the time I finished this post." Later, working on a satellite (FASTRAC / Nanosat 3) at the University of Texas, I find out that the data acquisition tools are all written in Visual Basic. I also remember an epiphany when I was in junior high or high school, when I realized "Game Genie uses Peek and Poke commands!" I started to study programming in the second year of my high school in the IT field which is the first field to give programming lessons in Tunisia. It sounded like fun to me! What got you into programming and why do you enjoy it? I decided to enroll in the Intro to Programming course to see if coding was for me. We didn't really have comics in Russia, but it was probably the first and the only comic book about IT ever issued in Russia. Partly because I was always interested in it, and partly because I needed some direction in my life. Coding is fun and I it helps me a lot in Electrical Engineering. a blog by Jeff Atwood on programming and human factors. This website is a good place to start learning git. Writing a graphical display for Super Star Trek's Long Range Scan command. I am obsessed with learning and I'm super stoked to see where I end up going from here! Something like this. 2001 at Age 11, first IT lesson at secondary school (UK here) we were taught extremely basic HTML. I was not really interested until we got a Delphi course :D We were given very basic instructions on how to load program (games) from the attached tape player. By the time I completed Uni, I decided a career in programming was the way to go (I was a business / commerce major). Then I discovered Flash wasn't a thing anymore, so I had a rude awakening trying to learn Javascript. I used to code up my own profile on Myspace, but I had NO idea I was doing HTML and CSS. Joined a university to study computer science, got bored of it mid-way and dropped out, since then working in a small company of guys around my age creating all kinds of software for companies and startups in our country. I was learning to create cool animations and stuff in Macromedia (Adobe nowadays) Flash and found some tutorials about ActionScript, and that was the beginning. It just fit me better and made sense. He offered me an internship doing SQL, which I was excited to accept. At High school, I was taught Qbasic (2001) but was really hooked since I created my first WAP site for mobile. Would getting into an honors program make you more likely to attend a college? I was doing brochures for a local non-profit, who had a donor database that no one could manage, and there you go. This day I am studying bioinformatics and really like how I can automate things to discover biological functions, namely by discovering the DNA. I wish I, as least, come into the program with an idea for my project in mind. My further career was pretty much solved at this point. But I wasn't job-ready. In high school I was in programming club. Jump forward another year and i had a new job as a 2nd line support guy for a small company, the company saw potential and i got my first 'developer' gig by building an automation platform for one our our existing large clients. Remember: if you got accepted, then you’re qualified. I still do have my Neopets account I revisit every so often to see where it all started. Just getting it now after 15 years in the infrastructure space! Having an actual assignment (writing a program to make change for a given amount of money) plus a good chapter on techniques for breaking down a problem and designing a program for it in the book for the course ("Programming and Problem Solving with Ada"), really helped, and I consider this the point when I really became a programmer. ... in 1981, if you didn't have a huge software budget, you typed in programs from a magazine. It's been five years since I've started working full time in web and I've learned so much and have started to become a specialist in SuiteCRM/SugarCRM development and integration. At my school we were lucky enough to have programming classes (only few schools in my city have had them back in the day), but they were intended for older kids. I quickly discovered this was something that I am super passionate. Sometimes they would write about very technical stuff (like how the binary system works and how it's used on old videogames). After being away from school for awhile, I had to retrain myself to work in "school mode." I’ve been doing so my whole life. I bought a copy of C++ Primer Plus as a freshman in High School, absorbed it. The fellowship curriculum not only reaffirmed my knowledge, but also provided me with more advanced information about the language. Get a free stress ball if a rant you post gets 750 ++'s Learn More *Some restrictions apply, click … Then I've tried some of Delphi (basically as GUI extension for Pascal), C, C++, C#. But did not get into programming. I was support back then. I did persistent world programming for Neverwinter Nights multiplayer in NWScript and perl for a couple years before I got my first System Administrator role. A few weeks in, I called him up asking for some advice since he's an iOS developer. First I was interested into becoming a scientist with physics, but got a trainee on a Research platform where all Computer scientists worked on something physics relevant like Mars so my interest began there ^. By the following week I was already messing with HTML and CSS and building my first webpage. I had to learn .NET which was a great investment. Not an exciting game, it was Minecraft with a mod called ConputerCraft. I had no clue, nor did they about what was computer science. Multi-slide projectors placed in racks (at least 2 pointing to each screen) ..."programmed" to dissolve/advance in synch with sound track using such devices: The first thing I tried to do on my own was writing an equation solver (I don't think it worked out very well because I was confused about the difference between equality and assignment). Quick edit and funny note about the AOL punting thing. That thing was Foundations in Software Development, that's the class I got into. After Giving up with the video game industry (great hobby, very harsh job imo), I am now working in a startup called Therapixel on changing the face of radiology - obviously in C++ ;). Hopefully i would finally become a successful Game developer, a dream i cherished since i was a kid. I was interested in writing a plugin for Bukkit (= a minecraft server with plugins) and started by watching terrible videos on YouTube. Love it! serious replies only. That was in 1983, so I guess I can say I've been programming for 34 years! If you don’t then today I am going to share my story. I was (and still am) having so much fun with it. Sort by. So now I have 1 term left, I'm almost 30, can't wait to get out of college and into the work force. It was 1982, 4th grade, and three Commodore PET computers were wheeled into the classroom. Can't remember what I built. There I've learned Pascal and wrote my first real lines of code. It was the first time I'd ever done any programming that wasn't very light Javascript in web pages. It worked! To calculate invoices and also a casino game similar to drug wars. 50% Upvoted. When I got home, I went to the site and downloaded it. Was looking for a job, sent a resume for working in a computer shop, it was forwarded to someone who was hiring web developers. In 1991 or 1992 i got my first computer - a ZX Spectrum 48k clone, made locally. So I searched up programming and read about it more, I got really interested in the idea, that programming was kind of like writing a book that comes to life in a way, You would write a bunch of lines of code that would make a program come to life. I started following the NetHack community, which was mostly nerds who hung out on USENET and IRC. I've always been a fan of videogames, and I've always liked to read. A rather hectic 7 years later, I now have a rather cushy job of an architect, and I don't get to code as often as I would like to. At that time I got fascinated by the content of executables when I opened them in Notepad: "how does someone makes sense of this stuff". I got paid to sit and play with this Internet thing. I have convinced my teacher and my parents to let me attend those classes when I was 8. Considering a career as a software engineer? My favorite thing about Hackbright has been learning new concepts with people who are just as happy to be there as I am. 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