My first real project was probably when I was 22. I say real, because I made an attempt to learn C++ before that, but couldn't wrap my head around pointers and references at the time (I think partly because the book I used didn't explain practical usage of them very well). I dabbled with batch and config files for Windows 3.1/DOS 6.22 throughout my teen years, but those weren't really projects. More of curiosity in what they do and how to tweak some settings.
Anyway, back to my 22 year old self. I was playing a lot of Diablo 2 at the time. One day, while looking around for some info on the game, I thought it would be cool to make my own site. So, I started looking for online HTML tutorials. I ended up creating this terrible looking site built completely with table layouts (I didn't know about CSS at the time) and had an absolute blast doing it.
Anything more than HTML wasn't until I was 26 or 27 (late 2000s). I picked up CSS, PHP, and MySQL around then and started more in depth projects.
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