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Do you remember the FIRST project made by you?

Do you remember the very first project made by you when you started learning to code in a particular programming language or framework? I always look at my old projects as they show me how long it's been and how far I have been able to come and how much of a better programmer/developer I am than earlier. Why not share your first projects with everyone, don't worry about it not being good, first projects are never the perfect, even if you are a beginner and currently making your first project, I would love to know about them!

I will be posting my first projects in the comment section ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Ben Sinclair • Edited

Do I remember? No :)

The first thing I remember completing was an adventure game in, oh probably 1988 or thereabouts. I called it Arcanum and it's lost to time now.

It had a puzzle in it where a man with a market stall disappeared at night, and you could break into the building to steal his supplies only to find out it was a full moon and he was a "werehouse". I thought I was funny.

The first thing I gave to other people could have been a crack for the PC game "Archipelagos" which for some reason got re-released with copy-protection demanding a word from a page in the manual, but the re-release didn't include the manual... so I fixed that. That might still exist on some dusty FTP site somewhere.

It might also have been a PC speaker silencer I wrote. People in my school liked playing games in the library. People in my school were not allowed to do this, and games made beeps that gave them away. I wrote a little executable which you could run that would load another executable and patch it in-place to remove the calls that made sound. You could run silence sopwith to play the game "Sopwith" for example. A few people used that.

The first thing I can find where I actually still have the code is my first-year university game 3doxo which is a text-mode 3D noughts-and-crosses (or "tic-tac-toe") game with two-player or computer opponent modes. It's adequate, and I think it's not awful for the era, but at the same time... it's awful.

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ashish

damn, 6 yrs old project, feels so good looking at old projects ngl, you have made a lot of good stuff :O

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Ben Sinclair

6-year-old repo... 29-year-old code :)

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Keff

I do, not the best project, and makes me cringe whenever I check it out xD
It was a html pre-processor kind of thing. The code is quite crappy and naive, though I really enjoyed building it.
github.com/nombrekeff/STML

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SaptakBhoumik

It is actually very useful tbh

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ashish

it's a cool project, actually quite unique for something people make when they learn something new!

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Keff

Cheers, quite the complex one too, I learned a lot though xD

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Christian Engel • Edited

If I remember it correctly, the first real project except of toying around was a Tamagochi-like game written in QBASIC and running in DOS off a 3.5" floppy disc.

The cool thing was that you could train attacks to your Tamagochi and it had a multiplayer mode where you had to swap your floppy with the one of a friend upon game start and they could battle eachother.

The graphics were basically a text interface with the Tamagochis drawn with basic circles and lines.

I was around 11 years old and I got my copy of QBASIC off a CD from a games magazine which - besides demos - included software submitted by other readers of the magazine. Because no one would have the money to pay for a QBASIC version which emitted executables, everyone sent in their game as source code alongside a copy of the QBASIC software. One had to open it, load the sources and start it. I had no internet access these days, so it was incredibly valuable to be able to read the code of other software.

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ashish

thats so coooooooool! classic but unique project, do you still have it?

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K

The very first thing I programmed that was used by other people was a mIRC script.

It would scrape news headlines from a website and send them to a channel.

This was like 2002 or something. I didn't know how to program.

I basically copied everything from an existing script and replaced the URL. I also had to rewrite some parts that extracted the headlines from the HTML.

I remember quite fondly looking at loops and arrays and not understanding any of it. Like, I was reading Mandarin or something.

The code is long lost, but I felt like quite the coder. Some of my friends were writing mIRC scripts all the time, but they wouldn't know how to use a HTTP client or anything.

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ashish

I can feel you, I used to copy code too and look at them run, it was so fun intentionally running endless loops haha

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Christopher Rodriguez

Well itโ€™s easier for me since I started programming about a month ago. I created a short and simple game called Shooting hoops. Literally the goal was to make as many shots as you can in a basketball hoop in 24 seconds.

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ashish

sounds interesting โœจ

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Christopher Rodriguez

Thank you!

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Simon Egersand ๐ŸŽˆ

My first serious project was for a friend of mine. He needed a website for his business and I volunteered to make one.

My only previous experience was creating a blog in school, so I knew how to operate the full stack (barely!).

I had no idea there were smart editors. I used Coda (now called Nova). This was 10 years ago and it was very basic. Basically a good looking Notepad.

I spent so much time on it. HTML, CSS and JS. No frameworks or anything. I got it working and was very proud.

Days later someone emails him saying "Hey, you have a pretty serious security issue here". He told me and I was like ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

Years later, I opened up the project in PhpStorm and oh my god, so many automatic improvements was suggested and I cleaned up so much code.

Ahh the good old days ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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ashish

10 years ago, damnnnnn, making websites using only vanilla html,css and js makes me remember the old projects lol, still remember making unresponsive projects as I didn't know abut media queries ๐Ÿ˜†

all of these stories in the comments are so good, I feel like saving them somewhere, thanks for sharing your first project simon โค

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Simon Egersand ๐ŸŽˆ

10 years ago people didn't really care about responsive websites ๐Ÿ˜„ Which was good for me ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Oskar Pietrucha

It was the project that get me into the programming and web development. As a huge home assessment in elementary school we were supposed to create a project, which it's preparation should take whole year (10 months). Back then I was a WoW player and admired the game a lot, so I wanted to make a website about it, but I had like no experience at all.
So I stole the source code of the website which I liked and started scrapping it, by changing some random words and looking for them on the website. Then I started googling stuff like "how to change image" and so, and so, and here I am working in the industry for more than a 5 years now.

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ashish

it all starts by you copying a site's code and ends with others copying your site's code ๐Ÿ˜†

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Jan Kรผster

After school in 6th grade there was an html workshop for those who were interested. I was there with one other classmate and we crates a plain html homepage (yes including marquee) but the best was that on the machine was CS 1.4 installed and the workshop supervisor was absent for a while ๐Ÿ˜

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ashish

I used to make weird projects whenever our teacher/instructor would be late or absent, used to be so much fun ๐Ÿ˜†

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ashish

Here's the list of my first projects based on languages-

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MiguelMJ

Yes, my first year in university I started a CLI application to manage DnD games, players, items... All in C++ and with zero knowledge of databses, GUIs or third party libraries ๐Ÿ˜‚
It was a complete mess, as you can imagine.

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ashish

a mess you can be proud of :)

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Fikri Ahmadi

yes i remember. I did programming since i entered in my college in 2016. First time, i didn't know about programming, even i read flowchart and pseudocode still not understand. And off course, time by time, i was able to write code with C++. Until in 2019, there was a project that first time i received from my friend in my village. By chance, in that year in my village held general election to choose village head. And my friend asked me to make an application that can map voters in my village. First time i was confused to what technology or programming language that i wanted to use. Finally after asked into my friend who had experienced in programming, i choosed laravel for developing my application . So thats it, the simple story about my first project,,, :)))

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ashish

thanks for sharing โค

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Chris Greening • Edited

Black and white text adventure title screen reading Dungeon! by Chris Greening November 2017

For my physics degree I was taking a required class on Fortran and although I understood the classwork I just wasn't feeling any passion for it. Throughout the semester the professor repeatedly blasted Python as a waste of time for physicists and it got to the point where I was like "hm you know what I'm gonna learn some Python just to spite this guy" so I installed Python and immediately fell in love (which subsequently changed the course of my life)

My first project was a text adventure (Dungeon!) that I wrote during the following long weekend and I still consider that to be one of my proudest accomplishments in both programming and life in general (despite being the most awful code I've ever written). I have it backed up just about everywhere as I am very fond of going back to it and reflecting on it every once in a while

I wrote some additional backstory on it in this blog post I wrote a while back:

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ashish

amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing, I actually started playing on the site ๐Ÿ˜† the photography section is amazing as well, the text based rpg game looks fine too, I actually played something very similar on itch.io some days ago!

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Richard Guay

My first project was a determinate of matrix using PDP-11 assembly when I was 14 (My older brother was in college and had an account on the PDP-11). I always aim very high! My next programs were in Basic on the Commadore computer for simulating robot intelligence. An alpha robot (pure reflexive) and a beta robot (reflexive with memory of what worked). I didnโ€™t have enough memory for the gamma robot (basic generalization). I was following a book written with a different Basic version that I had to adapt. I forgot the name of the book. It was a lot of fun!

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Florian Klenk

My first usable projects where websites based on newspro a pearl cgi script that stores articles in textfiles.
I modiefied the shit out of it so that it works for most purposes, mostly counter strike clan websites.
Then someone suggested to use PHP and I started to dig into it.
I was using it script based and it was a mix of html, css and php all together in one glorious fuckup only I was able to read.

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ashish

glorious indeed! ๐Ÿ’ช

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Graham Morby

The first project for me was a simple text based adventure game made for my Amiga 500! Wow thats going back some years!! 1995 I think it was - now its all Python and Javascript

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ashish

that's really a long time :O

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Graham Morby

it feels it now! But good old days!