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How old are you in programming ?

This will make it the _______years/month/week you starting programming??

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Eljay-Adobe

Since 1976, so 46 years.

I've worked on a few noteworthy titles that people probably have heard of: Oregon Trail, Expression Blend, Visual Studio, Internet Explorer, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop.

I've had lots of brushes-with-fame with noteworthy developers who I've worked at the same company, and pestered in chat and email: Herb Sutter, Raymond Chen, Scott Meyers, Alexander Stepanov, Sean Parent, Gabriel Dos Reis, Arlo Belshee, Mads Torgersen, Anders Hejlsberg, Dave Abrahams.

I've been very fortunate. I have a career doing what I enjoy doing. And I've been able to do it all without moving out of my home state, Minnesota.

And I've been able to seriously program on a wide variety of platforms, in a wide variety of programming languages. (Where seriously means I was getting paid for it, and not just toy programs for fun in a programming language I was fooling around with.)

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Gass • Edited on

Cool. I hope to have a career like yours. Great job with Photoshop and Visual Studio. VSC is such a cool code editor. Love it.

What are you up to these days?

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Eljay-Adobe • Edited on

Visual Studio Code was made by a separate team, as a separate project. Unrelated to Visual Studio. I presume the marketing folks made the decision to prefix Code with "Visual Studio", but I'm not in marketing, so maybe they had good reasons.

As I understand it (and I may be mistaken), the Visual Studio Code team was under Erich Gamma (of "the gang of four" Design Patterns fame).

I have no insider information. I presume Visual Studio Code fits into a vision of the future where compiling and projects are all managed "in the cloud". With projects in Microsoft CodePlex GitHub, and those projects ALM and cloud compiling using Azure DevOps Server (fka Visual Studio Online, fka Visual Studio Team Services).

These days, I'm working at Adobe on Photoshop. May sound sappy, but I'm on a great team, with great management, and a very successful product. I'm most fortunate.

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Gass • Edited on

Visual Studio Code was made by a separate team, as a separate project. Unrelated to Visual Studio.

I thought about it for a second! ..

If I may ask, what is your train of thought if you had to recruit a developer?

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Nnaji David Author

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

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Nnaji David Author

Am working on a project for a company with my partners โ˜บ๏ธ

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Eljay-Adobe

If I had to recruit a developer, I'd refer them to Photoshop Is Hiring.

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Gass

haha! well not the answer I expected, but okay...

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Nathan Hedglin

Awesome! I'm in Minnesota too. I remember playing Oregon Trail as a kid.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...

U must be a legend ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Nathan Hedglin

Me? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hardly.

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Nnaji David Author

LoL ๐Ÿ˜‚

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๐๐š๐›๐ข โœจ

Your programming age is double+ my entire existence on earth!

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Nnaji David Author

Can't lie about that ๐Ÿ˜‚... You right

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Am speechless boss๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Respect ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ช

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Jon Randy

39 years

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Shai Almog

1980 so 42 years. Ugh.

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Mike Talbot

I'll end up in the middle of that! End of 1981 so 41 years....

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Nnaji David Author

Wow.,...
That means I was yet to be born
When you even started coding...๐Ÿ˜ช

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Nnaji David Author

wow,
probably.. i was still yet to be born when you started coding...

respect sir

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Shai Almog

Not a great achievement... Not dying while being a geek ;-)

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Nnaji David Author

Exactly ๐Ÿ’ช

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YATACHI

un monstre ce mec

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Nnaji David Author

LoL ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Nnaji David Author

Wow... That means,you where still coding while I was still yet to be born๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Œ

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deltd3v • Edited on

6 yrs..

Started with python...did nothing but waste time on tutorials.

Second year I joined a 1yr long bootcamp to learn web development HTML, CSS & JS along with the mern stack. I graduated having done 1 project called "think tank united" some website that allowed strangers to participate in a meeting n talk about world problems n come up with a solution in one hour.

Third & fourth year I gave up on my self.. no self respect, low standards n just a complete hatred for the job search process. I settled to learn the finnish language using courses at home and practice driving courses.

5th year I caught myself trying out new web dev tools, design tools, productivity apps and no code. I challenged myself to learn different languages and really get into it...
Still haven't found a job...

But I got into some school named hive.

Here's my plan.

Learn a low level language C.

Learn how to work with databases.

Establish some online presence, blogs, ux / ui design posts, record myself doing online challenges

Improve my linkedIN n Try freelance.

My domain of focus is going to be web dev

Feel free to leave any advice. Im 24 n feeling like I'm lost

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emptyother

You think tutorials was a waste of time?

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deltd3v

I most certainly focused on the wrong things.
I dont blame that only for why my life sucks.

Today, I've come to love building things and not relying on tutorials(they hold your hand and don't force you to research, plan, design, document or test anything your problem solving mind ideates). It's a completely different game compared to when I started. Today I have friends that I try to join on a zoom call n do small challenges together. ๐Ÿ˜…..man..if only I had done abit of brainstorming and learned better...I'd be very far by now ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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Nnaji David Author

Their still chance๐Ÿ˜

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Nnaji David Author

Absolutely not

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Nnaji David Author

Nah... Absolutely not

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Nnaji David Author

You u all saying.. you wasted time on tutorials ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Nnaji David Author

Wow... Nice one ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Casey ๐Ÿ’Ž

Only 14 years, which is quite a bit but not a lot.

I started in ~ mid 2008 by wanting to create my own version of RuneScape, in this case a Private Server. Java...

Since then I've worked in:
Java, Kotlin, C#, JavaScript, Swift, Objective C, Python, Ruby, and PHP

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
That's a lot of years and experience ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ..
Respected ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Anja

13 months.
If HTML and CSS count as well then 20 years.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
It counts...
That's alot of year๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Anja

I taught myself HTML & CSS when I was 12 years old to build better pages than the ones that were possible with beepworld - I think only milennials will remember this awful site. I know it sounds like a weird old lady comment but it's absolutely true: The internet was very different at this time and I loved it!

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Nnaji David Author • Edited on

Wow...
Was it on YouTube tutorials??
Or you read alot of textbooks

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Anja

I read a textbook for web designers and learned with w3schools and a site with a lot of knowledge about CSS but unfortunately I forgot the name of it. After some reading I mainly learned by doing and testing things and would do it again like that (and skip the book that's outdated in this minute you saved the draft of course). :)

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Nnaji David Author

Wow....
I also learnt with w3school...

You awesome ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ

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Anja

Thank you, and so are you!

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Nnaji David Author

u wlc boss

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Gass • Edited on

HTML and CSS are not programming languages. And most programmers will agree with me. I begun building websites in 2006 and a couple of years after I started playing around with C++ and PHP (gaming and web dev). I then studied Java at the university for one year, which allowed me to play around with it for some time. I never enjoyed any of those languages as much as I have enjoyed JS. My journey hasn't been linear. I would say hands on programming I have about ~ 7 years.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow....
Nice ...
Respect๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ช

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Gass • Edited on

Thank you Nnaji. People love to talk about themselves hahah. This post is the proof of that.

For all developers who consider themselves new in this world I say that if you really like it, don't feel intimidated by the experience of others. You can become a good programmer faster than you might think. The old days, were very difficult because we didn't have access to all the knowledge and tutorials that are now everywhere.

Good luck in your journy Nnaji ;)

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Nnaji David Author

Thanks so much ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™Œ.. you too๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ช

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Joe Honton

If you're like me, the chief pleasure in programming isn't learning new languages or the latest technology. Real satisfaction comes when you're able to stay in the zone for an extended period (days or weeks at a time) and make steady progress with a creative solution to a novel problem.

So my advice to others pursuing this career is quite different from what those who are younger than me have to say: to avoid burnout, stay one step behind the bleeding edge; master one thing and use it to its fullest. Then move on.

I credit my enjoyment of JavaScript to my early years mastering Fortran, COBOL, Visual Basic, C++ and PHP. Each in turn made me stronger.

My first paid gig was the summer of 1977. To all those just starting out, you've got a fun ride ahead of you.

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Nnaji David Author

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ

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Erik Lundevall Zara

Hmm, started writing programs in February 1981.
Started writing program and run them on a computer a couple of months later.
Then I learned that there were different dialects of BASIC and Pet BASIC did not have all the features of ABC80 BASIC.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
That's a lot of years๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Wemerson Queiroz

Professionally 1 month tomorrow ๐ŸŽ‰
I started studying in March this year and got my first job May the 1st !

I donโ€™t want to look cheesy, but I just said to my colleague that itโ€™s the first time Iโ€™m happy with what Iโ€™m doing during my professional life !!

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
Grace...

So,how do you see programming??

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George Fazio • Edited on

About 1.5 years professionally with a large gap from COBOL, PASCAL, SPSS, and BASIC in high school. Switched from system administration to C# development at 47. It's been an "interesting" ride so far, but enjoying it.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
That's great๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Medea

2 years lmao

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Nnaji David Author

Wow ...
I guess u would have accomplished some things for Abt those yearsโ˜บ๏ธ

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Medea

yea ive made a few cool websites ig.
how long have u been doing programming for?

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Nnaji David Author

3 yrs .... Still yet to accomplish alotโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ช

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Medea

i mean thats longer than mine so uve prolly done more than me

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InvalidLenni • Edited on

I started 2 years ago with HTML, CSS, Php, JS, Java and later with Lua, Python, C# and more

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Nnaji David Author

Nice โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ...

So,... Have u started with projects??

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InvalidLenni • Edited on

yes. And I learned by myself Python and Lua.

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Nnaji David Author

wow... nice work

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InvalidLenni

Thanks

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Nnaji David Author

u wlc

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Siddharth

5 or 6, idk anymore lol
I started at around 9 years old

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Nnaji David Author

Wow .....

Who Eva that urge u into it... Really loves uโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Siddharth

I've always been a curious one, and I had to learn when I saw my dad coding cool stuff :D

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Nnaji David Author

wow...
that's nice...so that means, your dad was the source of ur motivation

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Viet Le

3 years

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Viet Le

Still trying to learn everyday

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Nnaji David Author

Yes ..

Definitely....

Good luck ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
Nice...

More years to come

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twrigh404G

4 years in the software game. Slow growth over time but the years have been so worth it. Now I'm accelerating my hobbies as the start of a career as a Full stack react dev ๐Ÿค“.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
Great achievement ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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codeyStein

this is the 1 year/5 months/not sure what week.

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Nnaji David Author

LoL๐Ÿ˜‚...

Nice one...
How do you see the programming world๐Ÿ˜‡

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Richard Guay

43 years in programming.

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Nnaji David Author

wow....
that means am still a kid in this programming world

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Richard Guay • Edited on

Some advice: donโ€™t get stuck in a rut (a rut is a grave with the ends kicked out). Always look for new, innovative ways to do things. Many times we are tempted to just use the same old techniques and arenโ€™t open to the new. That begins to become stale and less productive. Also, no language is the best for everything. Always use the right tool for the right job. These are things I wish I knew when I started.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...
Perfectly said...

Respected ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ช

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Rachit Khurana

2nd/3rd year. I currently I know python, django, flask, fastapi, html, css etc.

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Nnaji David Author

wow...

you must be a legend by nw

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Rachit Khurana

I wish I was, but I know mostly just the basics of these

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Nnaji David Author

You will still get to that level.. ..
As long as you enjoy it and you keep doing it๐Ÿ’ช

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Gabriel Pedroza

~1.5 years๐Ÿฅน

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Nnaji David Author

nice one...

so,how do you see programming?

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Gabriel Pedroza

I feel pretty comfortable with the basics and I'm making sure I truly understand something before moving on. Now, I'm learning Data Structures and Algorithms and creating apps with Next.js

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Nnaji David Author

Wow...

U already taking steps...

Nice one...
Good luck ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ

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Randall

About 15 years for me. Maybe 16? I am 30 now, and started when I was either 14 or 15.

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Nnaji David Author

Wow๐Ÿ˜ฎ...

I guess am still a kid in this work or profession. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Œ

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