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I have a brother that wants to get into game programming. He is 13 years old. Do you thinks he is to young? If not, what language should he start with? If you have a answer e-mail me at dogfallzone@yahoo.com

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That''s a fine age to start at. As for where he should start, here would be a good place.

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Paranoia
Look at the Star
That I took from the sky
I''ve spent many years
trying to climb that high
It burnt my hands
and i know it will never be mine
The approach
is always unsure
It''s no wonder I''ve never
tried this before
I''ve walked away
and i know it will never be mine

Lyrics from Next of Kin (my band)

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13 is a great age to start programming at. I started programming seriously at the age of 12. Personally, i think he sould learn C/C++ right off the bat, it is the most popular language, and the most widely used.

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If someone asks you "A penny for your thoughts" and you put your two cents in, do you get change?

[edited by - GarlandIX on March 21, 2002 12:49:43 AM]

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13 is a good age to start. I started when I was about 10 but wasnt serious till about 12-13. Ahh the good ol TRS-80....

-Todd

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I mean absolutely no offense by this but...

How the hell can you guys say you were seriously programming at 12 or 13? Thats just not healthy, whatever happened to normal kid stuff? Maybe its my definition that differs from the one your using, to my mind "seriously programming" means that you program almost on a daily basis and for hours not minutes at a time. And i''m not talking about some scripting either.

Jeez i think at that time i was more concerned with when we would get to blow things up in chem lab or skiving off to play magic the gathering.


Maybe i''m just out of touch but programming just didnt seem fun when we were that age, the ideas of writting your own game sure was cool and maybe when i was 14 or 15 i was mucking about with some simple games using STOS and AMOS on the ST and Amiga but i don''t think i actually layed down some real code until i was about 17 (Java by the way).

Rant over with

/* Ignorance is bliss, then you go and spoil it by learning stuff */

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In some universities they teach PASCAL for beginner courses because it is simple to learn. Afterwards they make transits to other languages in different courses. Guess what, Java is even simpler than PASCAl and it is much closer to the other popular high-level languages(C and C++).

I STARTED studies(only counting university) of the following languages in the following order(If two courses started simultaneously i have grouped them without any blank line)

PASCAL

JAVA
PROLOG

C++

C
LISP

I would recommend Java because i found out that even after getting experience I was more PRODUCTIVE in Java than my other favourites(C and C++).





[edited by - zappsweden on March 22, 2002 9:14:06 PM]

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I started when I was 13. It really depends on the person. Most children don''t develop abstract thinking skills until 12-13, and you really need these skills for efficent programming.

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Take me as you want...

I''ve been messin with code since I was able to type. (It was basic on apples OK. All I did until 2nd grade was pick a program already made and say ''hey lets change this'' and then tryed to find out what it did and why)

I didnt start to program until 2nd or 3rd when I made a text base adventure game based on some book (it even had a strength var for fights and I was not trying to study how to program and to this day i never have taken any schooling in it. I can program and get what i want done but I know theres better ways then the way I do it and faster ways to get it done.

So my POINT is (i ramble Sorry--just picure me in person :0 any who) if hes gona program he may want to try and leran things by the book (dont have to go by the book just know the book ways of doin it)

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oh and zipless i went to school then came home a messed around with code ''til 10-12 o''clock at night and i still went outside to play with friends just not offen and i now wish i would not have spent so much time on my puter but i did
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I am a surtified Dork! So dont try this at home kids

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