How did you learn programming?
Posted 24 September 2003 - 09:47 AM
Just want to know how did you learn programming?
Here is my story ...
I learned programming from BASIC. However, I was told to choose Biology as my subject by my parents ... even though they knew I was interested in Computer. I learned Visual Basic then and after that learned C/C++ on my own. I took admission in a best institute in my city Karachi to help me in Programming. I was pretty famous in the class for cross questoning the teacher. After a few days I realized that I knew twice more as my teacher knew. Since then I am learning everything on my own.
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Posted 24 September 2003 - 04:03 PM
I started making quake scripts to be a better quaker.
I wanted to displaymy awsome possum scripts to the hole world.
I inquired into geocities.com and the wonderful of html.
I discovered CGI.
I decided I wanted a guest book.
I made one, in perl - by reverse engineering other scripts I had seen and making my own script from absolute scratch.
I liked it.
I inquired into c/c++.
Almost immediatly I decided "Im gonna be a game developer!"...
I inquired into DirectX (7 at the time?).
I realized my lack of knowledge.
I reinvested my time in c/c++.
I coded a win32 console application featuring a scrolling terrain game
using colored character codes for display.
I re-inquired into DirectX(8).
I inquired about OpenGl.
I made my first graphic game.
I know a lot of stuff in a lot of languages. :)
Unfortunatly Im more of "A jack of all trades" then a "Master of one".
Posted 24 September 2003 - 06:45 PM
Posted 24 September 2003 - 06:54 PM
Posted 25 September 2003 - 12:43 AM
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Posted 25 September 2003 - 05:09 PM
He who knows not and knows that he knows not is ignorant. Teach him.
He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool. Shun him.
Posted 26 September 2003 - 01:58 PM
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Posted 27 September 2003 - 11:42 PM
I got a computer learning machine (a special product only made in China ;) ), and I play 8-bit games and learning BASIC on it.
When I entered the senior high school on the first year, I got a Celeron-300A-64MB-Savage-3D computer which I chose all the parts by myself.
Of course, playing games was the first thing (although while I told my parents that I would always use it to learn my subjects :rolleyes: . Later I had some unhappy days with my parents 'cause I cheated them. But now I wanted to say sorry very much...... I was enchanted by computers. )
I use my computer make htmls, jscript, asp, flashes & learning vb.
Now I am in university & I discovered C/C++, ASM, DirectX and much more. I found myself fall in love again now. (but now I can control myself and make good use of computers.)
Posted 28 September 2003 - 12:06 AM
Posted 28 September 2003 - 03:50 AM
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Posted 29 September 2003 - 03:20 AM
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Posted 29 September 2003 - 06:09 PM
let's see, I moved from the farms of bohol [phillipines] back with my mom in the US [hawaii, at the time]. cities, compared to rural settings, is SO much more technological. My mom introduced me to THE computer [a packard bell 286 with 10 MB hard drive [huge!] and 512Kb RAM]. after about a week of "playing around" with it, I happened to spill a glass of milk... IN the case. In my haste of trying to repair it, I rushed to the library to look for books on computers. took them ALL home. Opened the box to find that nothing serious has happened, just cleaned the box. I read the books anyway and found all of the books refer to BASIC. after that summer, i was a decent BASIC "programmer". I wrote drug wars in basic. I tried to emulate word perfect, beacon mavis and Harvard Graphics [to no success]. I wrote things that weren't always good and that's all I'll say about that, pending a court case :D that was all in 1993.
in my pursuit of higher learning, I came across C. I didn't have the prerequisites [at the time] to enroll in computer science in high school but I had a class right next to the CS class. so when my class got out, I rushed next door to copy whatever was on the board. I thought C was the class' grade - hence why I didn't go to the library to look up the language C. it was also hard to look at every book for pseudo or partial code. eventually, I enrolled in a CS class, taught by the same teacher i had been copying from. because of his left over notes on the board, I found myself ahead of the class. ...
before i start to ramble, that's pretty much how I came to be a programmer. what lead me to study CS in college was because I was denied enlistment into the military [air force] - because of my bad eyes and asthma. I no longer have asthma [now called reactive lung disorder since i haven't had an attack in 4+ years].
OGL vs DX
in summer of 2000, I became VERY interested in 3D graphics. so I bought 2 books - an opengl and a directx book. I read the opengl book first. to this date, i have NOT read the directx book.
to sum it up, I may have not started with a vintage machine like the 8086 or the an amiga or a tandy but the intel 286 is vintage enough for me. I still have the processor [the case and compononents long have been destroyed]. also with that computer came the first optical mouse that used light, not laser [so it was rather slow, and required a special light-sensitive mouse pad] - those, i still have too.
thanks for taking me down memory lane.
Posted 04 October 2003 - 08:11 AM
My first intro to comps was in 1998. Earlier to that nothing. Then I started off with C. Then when we got internet connectino @ college (it costs a fortune to own internet during those days) I saw some code on mc2.nu mostly exploits code. Then I decided I would learn C inside out. I guess I am still learning about C :D we never end up learning the whole of it.
What followed was PERL, C++, JAVA (YUCK) and Assembly (teeny weeny for debugging).
Now I am into Maxscript (mascript needs lots of improvement).
Learnt MEL scripts but was not happy with it.
What else have I learnt ?? hmm learnt Spanish after I read a text by some great hack writer. Sir Haxalot.
That is counting languages as in not just computer languanges :D
Posted 05 October 2003 - 07:25 AM
Posted 05 October 2003 - 01:05 PM
The came university C++ was the way there so I embarked on yet another journey. My adventures took me to many bewildering and beatiful places from the saftey of mode13 to the elusive caverns of DirectX I visited the shrine known as OpenGL and was kept hostage of the dreaded MFC. I found a trusted and enlightening companion in STL.
Yes that's the road I have walked, I've now realized that as the masters of zen have always said it's the journey not the goal that's important.
Posted 06 October 2003 - 01:50 AM
Posted 06 October 2003 - 12:08 PM
Anyways, now that I have come in I better get working on the game and the articles. I have started writing articles on 3DS Max Script/3DS MAx SDK :D
I am sure it would be good because I have seen hardly any stuff on the net. HARDLY. Let me finish it in a short while. Oh btw now that I have gotten some net connection to the room, I might be able to do small uploads.
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