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So i was just wondering how long everyone has been programming. For me ive been programming in C++ about 4-5 months.

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Since I was 16, so 7 years now (man, does time ever fly)

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Fifteen years or more, depending on when you want to start counting from. Makes me feel old. Somebody who wrote on a Commodore needs to come along and make me feel better about myself.

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I have been programming for 16 years now, started back in 1990 with a Commodore 8032 and got a C64 soon afterwards. It all started with BASIC and Assembly back then, but I worked my way up through Pascal, C/C++ and finally to Java :)

EDIT: @jpetrie, take a look at this: http://www.homecomputermuseum.de/comp/16_de.htm

feel better now? ;)

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Two years, but really five. I started five years ago, but didn't really do anything worthwhile with it until two years ago.

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Ive been programming ever since I was 14.... im 17 now. Im currently taking an online class in game programming, since my school does not offer any computer related courses [sad].

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Ive been programming ever since I was 14.... im 17 now. Im currently taking an online class in game programming, since my school does not offer any computer related courses [sad].


Well I am 15 at the moment and my school doesnt offer any c++ courses so I asked my mom and dad if I could probably take a class at my local university and I found out that they do offer classes to younger people like me. But im not sure if I want to take it or not.

could I get some advice on this please.

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25 Years!

Started on ZX81 in 1981.

Platform history like this...

ZX81 -> Spectrum -> Dragon32 -> BBC Micro -> Acorn Archimedes-> PC -> Playstation -> Playstation 2 -> Playstation 3

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23 years.

How about some Apple][ opcodes from 1983:

300:
AD 30 C0 // LDA C030, click the speaker, load random garbage into accumulator
20 ED FD // JSR FDED, output character in accumulator, takes a variable amount of time depending on character
4C 00 03 // JMP 300, repeat

To start, call from BASIC:
CALL 768

First compiled language: Turbo Pascal running on a Microsoft Z80 Card in the Apple //e. Also used Z80's with teletypes (no screen: your computer output was printed to paper: watch out run away programs. Too late for punch cards ;-)).

Amiga in 1985, first language: LISP! (LISP also on UCSD computers: VAX 11/780's, PDP-11's).
First compiled language on Amiga: TDI Modula-2 (was a POS: compiler crashed constantly), later Benchmark Modula-2 (awesome, fast, no bugs!), later Lattice C (buddy used Aztec C, bring back memories?).
Published first game in 1986 (Written in TDI Modula-2), next game in 1988 (using Benchmark Modula-2).
First game on PC: 1994 (Watcom C DOS4GW, had to write a bi-modal serial handler in assembly (to handle serial code in real/protected modes)). Real-time fixed point rigid body physics (+fluid dynamics), modem-based multiplayer (lockstep sim).
First XBox game in 2002 (Xbox Live launch title).
Next game, PC (physics-based internet multiplayer), VS8+BCB5, 2006 (beta test-demo soon).

While the software tools (and languages) are vastly improved, the software problems are vastly more complicated (keeps it interesting). Perhaps in the next 20 years, software will be writing itself (and we'll just be batteries powering the computers. Wait, did someone use that idea already?).

[edit: thanks for the patch, AP [lol]]

[Edited by - John Schultz on April 19, 2006 11:36:56 AM]

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I started when I was only about 8 with an Apple II in Basic. After a while I discovered hgr and made some pretty neat monochrome graphics for plenty of never completed games. Later it was QBasic (or some other flavor) in DOS on an 8088 (still monochrome). Then at 18 I started college, C, C++, later Java, and even later C#. Now at 27 I look back almost 20 years ago and remember my first simple programs. That was a long time ago...

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Ive been programming ever since I was 14.... im 17 now. Im currently taking an online class in game programming, since my school does not offer any computer related courses [sad].


Well I am 15 at the moment and my school doesnt offer any c++ courses so I asked my mom and dad if I could probably take a class at my local university and I found out that they do offer classes to younger people like me. But im not sure if I want to take it or not.

could I get some advice on this please.


:D I am in the same exact situation as you. I'm 15. I've been *learning* programming (reading tutorials, "c++ for dummies", and reading GameDev) but I've yet to actually develop a program and finish it. So next school year i'm probably going to take a class at a local college. Hopefully they won't teach me deprecated techniques(sp?)

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20 years. My first computer was a Tandy Color Computer 2 with 64 KB of memory :)

Terry

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Must be about 5 years now with C++. There was the time in the early 80's with my apple, atari 400, and timex sinclair 1000 (4k with 16k expansion!) but that was so long ago . . .

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Man, I was stupid. I got my C++ books in sixth grade, read them (It was a for dummies book, so I think it can take some blame :P ), and I gave up after a while. Never got past saying 'Hello World' and other things in the console, to me it was nice. Picked it up in eigth grade again, delve a bit deeper but things bored me, the key is to have some sort of motivation and interest in it. I picked it up in nineth grade and have been progressing since (Which isn't much, I'm in 10th right now). So I'd say, probably two years maybe, I'm not sure.

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Well I am 15 at the moment and my school doesnt offer any c++ courses so I asked my mom and dad if I could probably take a class at my local university and I found out that they do offer classes to younger people like me. But im not sure if I want to take it or not.

could I get some advice on this please.

15 years is old enough to take classes--you know, grown-up classes--at most community colleges. Look into it.

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my first compiler was microsoft quick c. ooo say 1992 or so. so too long ha ha ha. what can i say, it's addicting.
yadango

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I started a little over a decade ago with QBasic then turbo pascal. Didn't get serious with it until later on in high school when I started learning C++, so about 7 years ago.

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32 years.

Wrote my first program when I was 14 years old. It was used to calculate the swingarm travel of my Honda Elsinore as the rear shocks mounts were moved up and down the length of the swingarm. It was written in Fortran on a teletype terminal and ran on big iron in some remote location. I've got the paper punch tape of that code and the resulting printouts somewhere in my parents attic.

Wow, I've just realized that I have programs that are older than the majority of people that post in these forums. I've got some other good stories to share about how things were in the "early days" but right now I've got to pull up my suspenders and go outside and scream at some punks that have been walking across my front lawn...

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You guys make me feel like I'll never make it in the Programming Industry, if only I had a computer before I was 13 :'(

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22 years. C64 (6502), ZX81, Amiga (Kickstart 1.2) (68000 asm, C, AMOS), PC (80x86 asm, C, C++, ADA(!), Pascal, something-like-COBOL), DEC Alpha (C, ADA)

Scary.

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