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  1. At what age and how long have you been programming for?
  2. Whats your favorite languages and why?
  3. Did you find it hard to get started?

I am on my third year in the bachelors degree of IT and am enjoying programming but i feel that I take longer than usual to get my head around things

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  1. I started with BASIC on my Apple IIGS in elementary school. Then I moved onto Visual Basic in middle school. Then C++ in high school. Then started DaniWeb with PHP in college.
  2. PHP :)
  3. No.
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Sorry for my blunt response ... I'm half asleep and trying to get some stuff finished before bed.

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  1. 16 in collage but most of the course was written work or MS Access DB so really started at 19 in uni.

  2. C# and SQL because I haven't tried much else.

  3. I did because I've always found it hard to consentrate when reading or listening. I always hated education but stuck with it and I'm glad I did. It paid off in the end.

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  1. Since I was 18 in 1972 at University
  2. Visual Basic since I retired in '08 because it is relatively straightforward but I've always had a thing for APL. Most of my programming over all has been in FORTRAN.
  3. Not really, but programming wasn't as complex back then.

Edited by Reverend Jim

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  1. When I was about 14, I think. Started in Visual Basic, but quickly moved on to Delphi, and to C++ a few years later. But used many other languages too along the way (C, Fortran, Python, Java, SQL, html/js/php, Matlab, etc.).
  2. C++ because of the endless possibilities from close-to-the-metal stuff to high-level sugar-coated coding, and never any undue compromises.
  3. No, I thought it was fun and intuitive from the start. And when it got "hard", I welcomed the challenge.
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  1. I was about 9 basic programming. CGI with Perl at 10 and then, I almost took over the world when I was 10 ( Just Kidding :), but it was true though). I was banned for 3 years to use any kind of computer or anything that may appear or have resemblance to a computer. I wrote my codes on my journal everyday. When 3 years was up, that's the time they told me they think I was good :).

  2. PHP and Python . I love PHP because I can pretty much make anything from it. When I am lazy, I would always fell in love with Python all over again, because I don't have to type them time consuming curly brackets like in PHP :).

  3. No, I did not find it hard to get started. I have 3 older brothers who were and still are in the Silicon Valley when the technology boom started. I thought learning how to code was a prerequisite to be able to join the grown ups club.

Edited by veedeoo: info added.

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  1. I was 11 years old. Been programming for 10 years. Currently in University for Mathematics and Computer Science, and I'm still learning.

  2. I don't really have a favourite language. Thought, if you pressed me, I kind of like Scheme based languages. My usual preferences would be C, C++, Python, Perl, Racket/Scheme(s), J, sometimes assembly (usually embedded RISC architectures), sometimes fortran / matlab and even maple / mathematica. Though, a lot of my work doesnt involve programming at all, even if it's untimate purpose is to be implmented.

  3. No.

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If 'programming' was the first program that sold,
August 1978, , and it paid $300/week.

unlearned rule,

when you get perpetual, get indexed

$300/week was a lot of money in 1978
not so much now
pretty good in total $
and I was 14 when it sold

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