What was your first language, and where/how did you learn it? Did you learn it at school? Did someone teach you it? Did you learn from books? Did you learn online? I was just wondering how the majority of people learn to program. This should be interesting.
asked Feb 27 '11 at 19:41
My first programming language is PHP. I was and still interested in web so I looked at some online tutorials. Youtube is great at tutorials and I also read tones of books - now I write it fluently. I never really moved away from web, because I feel you get more satisfaction from websites/apps. What would I build with standard programming? I would learn how to build iPhone apps, but I haven't got a mac :/ so I might look into android.
I plan to read up on java and c++ soon though. I do prefer books, because I sometimes get lazy on the internet and end up copy and pasting to build apps :D
I also intend to learn more at university next year - If I get in and can afford it.
answered Feb 27 '11 at 19:58
I learned through a game called Neverwinter Nights, which has a Toolset for Building Game Modules, compiling scripts, etc..
It's a very basic language (nwscript that is), but it helped me transition to VB.net, and other language very easily!
Once I learned the basics of coding in the game code, it was all fairly simple after that..
answered Feb 27 '11 at 23:06
My neibor dad a computer science major taught me vb and I learned the rest.
answered Feb 28 '11 at 11:36
I started programming a few years ago when I wanted to know how software on computers worked and how it was made. The first ever programming I did was with C++ using a set of tutorials on YouTube.
After understanding the basics of how computers read code and react to events I expanded to other languages such as Java and C# and started making programs that actually had some use.
I am probably strongest in PHP now since it's such a popular scripting language for websites (e.g. Facebook, WordPress) and it can also be run using the console to do stuff like show reactions from a form in real time.
answered Feb 28 '11 at 11:44
For my age I've been programming for a long time. I started all the way back on a computer with DOS and Windows 3.1. I saw my brother using QBasic and I thought it looked fun. My dad gave me the manual so I could learn. I mainly just copied the examples and modified them.
Eventually I tried learning HTML on a Windows 98 computer from a random website with a tutorial.
Later I found VBA in Microsoft Office 2003 and started using Visual Basic. I forgot how I learned that.
Finally I convinced my dad to buy Visual Studio .NET 2003. I forget where I got information on how to do that.
After a while I found Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition and downloaded that on XP. I think my knowledge was mainly from Google searches. I did find VS 2008 Express after a while, but I don't have anything interesting to say about it.
In the end I found DreamSpark where I got Visual Studio 2008 and 2010. The Intellisense was a big asset for my learning. I'd say that's where I learned most of my .NET knowledge. I mainly learned from internet searches and I skimmed a few books.
Also, on a separate timeline, I've slowly learned C and assembly. My main learning of C came from the book titled "The C Programming Language" (copyright 1978). My knowledge of assembly is so little that I won't even say any more.
answered Mar 01 '11 at 02:13
I learned programming on my own by actually building a commercial application for a company, using Clipper. Since then I have learned FoxPro, Delphi (Object Pascal), and Python on my own.
answered Mar 01 '11 at 02:28