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When and how did you learn to code?

trendschau profile image Sebastian Schürmanns ・1 min read

I think coding carreers are still pretty diverse and that is what I love so much about it. I was always very bad in math and had not the self-confidence to start with coding, so I was some kind of late starter:

  • Starting: At the age of 35
  • Language: PHP
  • First steps with: The book "php for kids" and a video-tutorial on how to create a tumblr-like blog-platform :D

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BEGRAFX • Edited

I first learned to code back in about 1981, when I was in 8th grade. Our school got a (Yes, singular) Commodore 64 computer, and I started learning BASIC. I took additional classes through high school and starting college. A friend who was working on his CS degree told me that Pascal was "The" language I should know, so I took a class, bought Borland Turbo Pascal, and eventually, as it took Pascal's place as the language to know, I bought Borland C++, trying to teach myself; but never really "got it". In 1995, I started teaching myself HTML, which wasn't too difficult. In 2010 I went back to school to finish my Bachelor's degree, improving my HTML skills, and learning CSS, and little PHP and JavaScript. I'm currently working on improving my JS skills, and learning Python (and pondering also Java or Ruby or Go or Kotlin, or something like that.) Never stop learning, as they say.

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Very similarly I started coding on school computers (we had 1 C64, 2 C16s and 1 CPlus4), it was in 1988. BASIC, assembly.
Then PCs came, Turbo Pascal (great IDE and Turbo Vision GUI), assembly, C, C++, Delphi, Java 1.1
Internet era: PHP3, JavaScript (here somewhere I finished my university studies in '99)
Since then C#, PHP, Java, some minor Android development, and now learning Rust.

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Sebastian Schürmanns Author

ahh, I remember that there was a big hype about Turbo Pascal when I was a student, but I was not into coding at that time :D

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Sebastian Vargr

Took a short (1 year and 9 months) course at a tecknical school when I was 18, curriculum was 60% self tutoring.

Was lucky enough to get a job doing jooomla sites after and then I scaled my knowledge from there.

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15 years old teenager, learned scratch at 10 years old. Moved to program c at 12.then python at 13. Now i am pretty good at python. Mostly working on machine learning, networking and GUI's. I also started working with godot game engine.