How I got into programming. Turned out the store didn't give us MS-DOS. Drupal and Wordpress are an other two platforms that I've been working on developing plugins/modules. With you every step of your journey. Loved Neopets and I was a 'webmaster' of one of their most popular Zelda guild (at the time) years ago and that's where it all began. It just fit me better and made sense. That thing was Foundations in Software Development, that's the class I got into. I started by typing them in, then learned to understand them and then creating my own games. I've always felt like I was perpetually "behind" because I didn't start programming until mid-way through an AAS in Network Engineering. the easiest answer would be classes, so let's assume that there is none. We had Pascal lessons at school, then (mostly boring) programming courses at university. 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. van Emden goes on to tell a very interesting story, full of important computer history. It was the best decision I ever made! After senior high school I didn't want to go to the university that same year so I did not apply to any universities. After a few tries I ended up doing computer science like she said. 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. 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. save hide report. I've since learned over 10 languages and I keep learning more each year. It was terrible but I still have fond memories of it. I now have two high-school aged kids of my own and am trying to pass that love and opportunity on to them. 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. I always thought before that decision: "there has to be something more than Dreamweaver, Flash and Expression Web," because that's what I got at middle school. Templates let you quickly answer FAQs or store snippets for re-use. on deposits and a simple '.' I needed a career that I could enjoy while working on skills that I could always improve. It wasn't long after that I officially moved to a dev role. Serves well if you want to step out from your actual routine. I wanted one of my own. In the mid nineties I was going to night school and cutting meat in the supermarket by day. Back 10 years ago, I took Computer Science at high school. At 16 I started programming video games with my best friend in C. 1984 and the bloody Ghostbusters cassette wouldn't load on my ZX spectrum, so I picked up the book that came with the computer. Almost every programming company asks you to … My dad had a Commodore 64 when I was little. My family got AOL when I was about 15 and I was completely hooked on reading everything and IMing random internet people. This mod enabled users to write lua code to interact with the Minecraft world (turning redstone on and off, actually display GUIs using monitors). I was (and still am) having so much fun with it. I value travel, and constant learning - anyways all of this lead me to pursue programming! Made with love and Ruby on Rails. I had no idea what he was doing at the time, but I knew right then and there that's what I wanted to do for a living. I later learned C in high school and then worked as a Web dev between high school and university. On my 3rd year in the university I've got my first real job in telecommunication company, where I was probably the youngest employee of the department. Turned out my brain worked great for programming, I just had to be interested in what I was working on. It wasn't until junior year that I learned front-end web development was a career. Fortran 77? It was soon noticed by management and i escalated up to a tester. When I was in high school I was really into this game called NetHack, which was played on a command prompt. 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. From there I stayed with a friend and his family, somehow I managed to wing a job writing Go (of which I only started learning 3 weeks prior) and was hired! Then I've tried some of Delphi (basically as GUI extension for Pascal), C, C++, C#. So I double-clicked the "ping-pong" shortcut icon which opened Visual Basic 6... and ever since I am programming every single day. I wish I would have started on my final project sooner! However during my last year of university I got a job in web development, which then started my career. Then soldered a ZX Spectrum clone stuffing up PCB with chips according to a manual. I said sure. School and courses can only guide you and provide the means to begin, however, most courses on the Internet seriously lack real-world examples and practical use (e.g. It definitely takes a lot more effort and planning to create a project than I had anticipated. Then, I signed up for the free trial on Treehouse and started the front-end development track. Naturally, I had acquaintances who wanted to get in on it. 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. I kept breaking things, including corrupting the OS on numerous occasions. Then Flash/ActionScript 1, 2, 3 (which was like Java). Sort by. I got into C, C++ and stuff like happened. Built on Forem — the open source software that powers DEV and other inclusive communities. Before that the internet seemed like this inaccessible blob of knowledge and cool stuff. I get a surprising number of emails from career programmers who have spent some time in the profession and eventually decided it just isn't for them. functional e-shops). I learned that computers were things I could control. February 2015 was when I finally transitioned careers. I started writing simple choose your own adventures. I was taught C in the first semester, and I loved it, but the theory and math that came with a 4 year program bored me to death. I learned a lot by doing that. However, I could never do it because I didn't have the technical training. Now I'm a full time developer. My uncle gave me a BASIC book and I just started copying the code snippets. There are lots of different opinions and debates about which is the “best” programming language, but basically what you need to know is that there is no “best” language. I've been hoping that any of our kids will show any interest in programming, but they are between 15 and 22 now, and zero. Then again and again throughout my aerospace career that kind of coding opportunity has come up. Which is when I started doing things like PHP, CSS and some javascript. I always wanted this component in my study and it was between computer science and bioinformatics. It allows you to go back to another version if you ever change something and anything goes wrong on the new one. It worked! And one day they've bought me a book that have probably changed my whole life. For me, I have to create worlds and characters. By the following week I was already messing with HTML and CSS and building my first webpage. My first encounter with programming was a classmate who showed me how to use VBScript. A few thousand PEEKs & POKEs later I got an IBM PS/1 with 85 Mb hard drive and a completely illegal copy of Borland Turbo Pascal. I only hope that I'll gain more knowledge, and in detail, about web development as well as software developing :D, After getting my theatre degree (BFA) in 2010, I basically worked 5 straight years of retail hell. So I consumed the documentation of that language and wrote software that would automatically solve formulas we were given in math lessons (printing individual steps as well) so I had more time to play Tetris on it. Free Swag! Github. Originally I was trying to extend a copy of Super Star Trek written in GW-BASIC on my father's 8088 clone when I was 13yo. at least we've got a couple hobbyist musicians :). But did not get into programming. 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. While I was working Casino Security, a vendor randomly suggested that I look up and start learning how to code. He passed his love for tinkering along to me and also gave me a computer and introduced me to GW-BASIC which I used in middle school to turn my Choose Your Own Adventure books into text based games. Later we upgraded to a Tandy 386SX that could just barely play Doom, but I had to tweak the autoexec.bat and config.sys files to make sure nothing else loaded. Had a friend who's dad was a programmer (early 90's). In 2005 when I was 8 my father bough a desktop for his work and I was fascinated by computers so I played some games and did some PowerPoint things until summer 2008 when I knew from my mom and dad, who both are Civil Engineers, that they did some programming back in college in early 90s so I decided to be an engineer and learn programming which led to my first program ever written in BASIC. I wish I were given "go home and build a web page about something" as a homework assignment! My teacher hasn't been able to keep up with my pace, so she'd introduced me to some local university profs, who I'd participated several competitions with. No I don't know that, let me look at it...oh yeah, that's not that different, I can do what you want me to. I was a freshman in high school at the time so he put me to work doing technical support. And played around with Linux. The Vic-20 was the first introduction, using BASIC pokes recorded on tape, but I think it was seeing the use of a variable in a simple Pascal programme over the shoulder of another student in year 9 that sparked something for my career choice. As I got older I started playing with the book. He came back and told me (5 years old) he learned to program and I was fascinated by the thought that you could tell a machine to do something. [Serious] How can someone get into programming? By the time I completed Uni, I decided a career in programming was the way to go (I was a business / commerce major). I opened the book, and it was code, BASIC code, see the book WAS the game, and mum looked at me and said "You can play your adventure game, after you code it". They often recruit through agencies so track experience is essential but smaller outfits may consider you if you can demonstrate aptitude and ability. I was studying business management at BYU. I started poking around PHP and was able to solve problems. One of my life goals is to get is out of the Turing Tarpit as I don't think what we've been doing all these years has changed much. I was around 10 years old and watching a TV cartoon called "Code Lyoko". That was my first programming book. My first job (with a degree, I might add) was technically titled “SQA Engineer,” which theoretically made me a tester. I can't remember the name, but it was quite crappy. Before you start learning, you’ll want to pick the right programming language to learn. I continued making websites as a hobby in University; I maintained a website for work experience and learnt ColdFusion and CFML for a capstone project. To calculate invoices and also a casino game similar to drug wars. He offered me an internship doing SQL, which I was excited to accept. After a couple of weeks of the course, I was hooked and decided to apply for the full-time fellowship. If you think school or online courses will teach you how to program, boy, have I got news for you. If you didn’t get into an honors program at your school of choice, then maybe you should consider applying to just one more college. There got into .NET. 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. Using those frequently crashed win 3.1, and I found I had a knack for getting the computer up and running again. But I'm thankful that they invested their time and money to get me a decent education no matter what the challenges were. On LinkedIn my job description was front end manager at a supermarket and ever so often LinkedIn would email me possible positions I would be perfect for. The rest is pretty much history: I gave up the land of Adobe products for client-side web development, and have working on freelance, contract, and consulting projects since 2006. 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. My college major was a hard choice between Game Development and Web Development. I stayed up late nights learning 6502 Assembly. Hacked a lot of games, got employed as a hacker at age 14 with 300 USD wage, doing tape to disk games conversion. 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. 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. There I've learned Pascal and wrote my first real lines of code. In early 2000 I hacked together a Mac Client for LiveJournal. At a computer club in early 80s, drawing a snowman with 3 circles and writing a complex logic like: I soon was building in my spare time and even landed a job with a local advertising company. For me, it was my friend who started a website for his band on Geocities when I was about 12 or so. That was sort of eaten by Macromind/Macromedia Director (language was "Lingo"). Lots of respect for people who only got into it later on, "from left field". I experimented Geocities, if you remember that gem ha. It's so funny to think how insecure software was back then. Third (and when I really started to take off) was a app for my highschool teacher to help them track student grades and attendance. I knew it would involve programming, and well, here I am nearly 16 years later working as a programmer. serious replies only. Then I discovered Flash wasn't a thing anymore, so I had a rude awakening trying to learn Javascript. We actually could send emails between the computers in the network and write simple basic programs. Why did you start programming or what got you into programming? 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. I didn't have any prior tech experience, except for an intro to computer programming class (which I hated). 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. Because of her positive experience, I decided to look into Hackbright. I'm a very passionate programmer and a software developing enthusiast. This website is a good place to start learning git. At 15, I started studying “media technology,” where I learned various high-level languages. In the summer time, I would spend all night mining and fishing on it. This course will teach you how to program in Scratch, an easy to use visual programming language. Lego Mindstorms for my 13th birthday. It was 1982, 4th grade, and three Commodore PET computers were wheeled into the classroom. In 6th grade of school we were given a TI Voyage 200 calculator. I later lost a little interest and got lazy, but as I went to study Computer Science, I re-gained my interest in programming, or rather making cool things by creative means. My friends seemed to like it :). I has been a amazing ride and love each new challenge it was put in front of me. Wrote a windowing graphic system in it, learned x86 assembly along the way, then a couple years later went to C++ - this was 1996 or thereabout (yeah, C++98 wasn't even a thing). I started teaching Breakdance to the CEO of Entrata for a summer parade. I started programming on a BBC Micro because my school had it, it was really wonderful to see that. They nerd out about the same things, and aren't afraid to ask questions. C and C++ for a Win32 app running on a laptop on the space station? DEV Community – A constructive and inclusive social network for software developers. And there was, I met Java, but that wasn't after a month of working with Raptop (Yes, the Flowchart!). My dad showed me some stuff on the Amiga back in the early 90s which in turn made me read the Amiga BASIC manual back when i was 7. 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. So, I typed in programs from a magazine. I got into programming from art school creative coding classes, mostly using, OpenFrameworks, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi. Currently, we live in a job market entrenched in technology at some level, so I figured that learning basic programming wouldn't hurt. Hopefully i would finally become a successful Game developer, a dream i cherished since i was a kid. Went back, they gave us MS-DOS plus a book and disc about GW-Basic. My little brother invited me to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Android Development. Well after that weekend, I jumped right back into HTML and CSS. 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. I was support back then. From there I went to study computer science with the ultimate goal of becoming a game developer. Quick edit and funny note about the AOL punting thing. Looking back I must've been super-annoying to everyone else there, but I understood things quickly and completed the course material rapidly. I am in a paid co-op term using Microsoft CRM which I really do NOT enjoy, but it is only temporary and I hope to find something more challenging and code based in my job hunt after school. Same here, but yet, I would like to build a game as a personal project. While looking around online for some info on the game, I thought, "It'd be kinda cool to make my own website." It’s creative. That internship opened my eyes to how awesome programming actually is in the real world and with people who are excited to help you understand. One hiccup though, these possible job opportunities were for front end developers not actual managers at supermarkets LOL. 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. Why I got into programming Posted on March 24, 2018. So for a time, my focused was not on 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! I thought the Intro to Programming course provided a solid foundation for the fellowship. I began with some HTML/CSS (my first website was a fansite called "Code Xana" which was of course about "Code Lyoko") and then a bit of C because I wanted to dig deep down the computer. I still do have my Neopets account I revisit every so often to see where it all started. ). It was (and still is) a charm. 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). TI-BASIC on my TI-82 while boredom math class. 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. 29 Apr 2013 So You Don't Want to be a Programmer After All. 12 comments. 2001 at Age 11, first IT lesson at secondary school (UK here) we were taught extremely basic HTML. After that I've learnt some programming at school, then university, learnt some technologies by myself, but ActionScript was my first experience. Wrote a simple graphics editor eventually. After graduation I didn't got job in programming field and realized I wasn't prepared for programming yet so I started learning web development from many tutorials and youtube video and I finally I got a job at a small startup, where I got to learn a lot and worked on some web application and games. 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. Being in an industry I had no love for for 15 years kinda helped push me to really dig into coding. When I was 12 (in the early '90s) a teacher of my school (I can't even remember his name) proposed an afternoon course of 'computer things'. I some Flash and Photoshop stuff when I was 14 and liked creating digital things. I have been coding for... almost 30 years and I still love it and learn something every day. I was not really interested until we got a Delphi course :D on withdrawls, go for playing to the mindset of the user. I quickly discovered this was something that I am super passionate. Can't remember what I built. Later that year my best friend also got a TRS-80 Color Computer for Christmas (totally different computer from the Model III). I was 12, ZZT and MegaZeux were the hottest thing(well, for nerds anyway), and I wanted to make games. My mom bought me an XT (early 90's). 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