re: What was your first programming language and why? VIEW POST


My first ever was Basic (way before Microsoft came out with visual basic).
I was a kid at elementary school, 3rd or 4th grade, and that's what my best friend was learning to write on the Apple computer his parents bought for him. That was at least 30 years ago. Later on, in high-school we learned Pascal.

My first ever programming language as a professional software developer was VBScript, writing ASP3 / WML based mobile websites.

Today I work with .Net and c#, mostly writing services and the occasional WPF desktop application.


Thanks for sharing your journey. Do you think your early exposure to Basic and eventually VBScript lead you towards using the .NET ecosystem?


No. I think that it has more to do with my job at the time.

I've started with an 800 course on web development and Java. That was back in the late nineties, and we learned Microsoft technologies for Web Dev such as ASP3 and VBScript. Before that course was over I found myself working in a startup, right before the .Com bubble burst. In a later job, a few years after, I got into VisualBasic working on desktop applications, and later (same job) into VB.Net/winforms because the company I worked for needed me to do that. Moving to c# was only when I left to work for another company.


I never needed VBScript or .Net for work. The one class I took that used VBScript showed me it was a horrible language.

Too much like English too little like an actual programming language.

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