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At what age and in what language did you write your first line of code?

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At what age and in what language did you write your first line of code?

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Patrick Tingen

I think I was around 12 years old (~1982) when I wrote my first basic program. On paper. Yes, paper. I got infected with the programming virus by a book of a friend of my parents. They had a commodore 64 with a book that belonged to it, with instructions on how to program in basic. I just loved it and started to write my own program on paper. Later - in school - I programmed on a TRS-80 system and even later I got my own MSX computer. Today I am still programming. And I still love it. Even after almost 40 years.

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Ben Halpern

Commodore 64 is such a legendary machine.

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Sebastian

Same language as I used :)

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Audrey Feldroy

We had TRS-80 computers at school too, in third grade computer class! We'd sit two or three at a computer and type in programs that the teacher handed us.

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Stephan Nijman

I remember that book! 😊

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Ben Halpern

I’d pin it at around 12, and it was HTML.

Maybe not as programmy a language, but my intro was geocities and it’s not too different from what I’m still doing.

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Mara McCrann

I was 12-ish when I did, in Python. I remember being fascinated with Flash games and thought of making games, and of course, when you search on what language to learn when you're a beginner, Python always comes first.

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Ben Halpern

I would have loved to find Python at that age.

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Mara McCrann

I honestly feel lucky about it! The sad thing though is, I never got to actually 'master' it since I quickly went for PyGame (a library for game dev) and expected much... felt that beginner 'burnout' so I left and later, wandered around in the world of web development (but somehow I ended up with C# because of Unity).

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rhymes

Omg PyGame. I worked once at an early stage startup that was using it πŸ˜‚

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Stephanie Morillo

HTML at age 12

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Stephanie Morillo

πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘―

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Kalaiarasan Pushpanathan

C. I was 17 when I first used a computer and learnt to switch on a computer. Few months after buying the computer, bought (from Library) a 'Learn C in 24 hours' book by Sams publication and wrote 'Hello world'.

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Dion Dokter

Early 2013 when I was 15. Language was C#.
Started doing that because I liked Redstone in Minecraft a lot and my dad suggested I better learn something more useful πŸ˜…

After that I stopped playing Minecraft and started making programs

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Jannis Fink

I think it was PHP at age 14 (~2009). Around that time, we started using Processing in school in the computer science class. Before that, we had used Scratch, but I don't think that that counts as "programming" πŸ˜† It was a lot of fun, though. I should take a look at it some time...

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Rich Field

17: PIC Assembly Language
Which looks something like this...

Start:
     bsf    STATUS,RP0    ; Select Registers at Bank 1
     movlw  0x70
     movwf  OSCCON        ; Set the internal clock speed to 8 Mhz
     clrf   TRISIO        ; Set all General Purpose I/O to output
     clrf   ANSEL         ; Make all ports as digital I/O
     bcf    STATUS,RP0    ; Back to Registers at Bank 0    
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E Cognito

It would have been BASIC on a ZX80 which was a nasty little membrane keyboard thing you attached to the ariel socket on your TV. I was probably around 10-12 years old.

From there I taught myself Pascal which I had to boot up on 3.5" floppy disks on the Cannon XT PC running DOS that my dad had bought to help him do the invoicing for his business. During school holidays I would start programming about 11pm and go to bed at around 7am when my dad got up and kicked me out of his home office.

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ferceg

It was the BASIC era's helloworld. :)
Same first program on C+4, at age of 12, in 1988.
It was a school computer, no floppy drive, only casette recorder. It took literally minutes to load a program without turbo.

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thierry tranchina

I write my first line of Basic code when I was 13 on a Amstrad cpc 464 ... 35 years ago 🀯

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Stephanie Handsteiner • Edited

I was around 11 years old when wrote my first line of PHP in 2001. I used to write modifications (β€œhacksβ€œ we called them, because we were cool, I guess) for the Burning Board software. Also made styles/templates for it.

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Ryan Westlund

10, C++. I'm not sure how much that counts though because I dropped coding at that age. When I got into it for good, 15 and Python.

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LeNguyenHoangNhan

I remember it was 2016 (i was 14) when i copy and paste Java "Hello World" code into Eclipse and had no idea what i was doing. I stop coding until 2018 and came back to Java and then jumped to C++ (Arduino). Now i use JS and loving it!

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Michael Bykovski

I was 13 years old when I started to write my first website with html, css and javascript (~2007). It was the time, where responsive web design become very popular. I remember that it was called "fluid design".
After that I programmed some websites for my friends and some small companies to get money for it. Then I started around 2010 with PHP to have a backend for all these websites I built. Mostly it was just Wordpress with some template adaptations, but then I discovered Symfony. So I learned a lot about MVC architecture and from that point I got hungry for software-architecture.

Then, 2013 I joined a software company where we programmed in Python. We built a lot of business intelligence stuff with a lot of data science (as it was not related to AI anyhow) stuff. As I started to study computer science in 2013 as well, I could combine my university knowledge with requirements in my job.
I learned so much in this time.
Programming, Computer-Science, Databases, Mathematics, Computer Vision, Concepts, Design Patterns, Software-Architecture, and uncountable more... it's astonishing when I look back.

2018 I changed companies and stayed there for 9 months. Now I am at a really satisfactory company where we implement Go services.

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Hina-softwareEngineer

I learn C language and html,css and javascript at 16 in 2018. Before 16, I just hate computer ,Oh!! forget that my teacher taught us GWBasic language when i was 14. I just hate that because it is beyond my mind :xD. But after come to university, I know what is programming language and learn C Programming then i fell in love with computer and programming languages.

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Matthew Bland • Edited

9 with Rockerfer Basic (it's on pachesoft.com if it's even still up)

My parents were Software Engineers for Lockheed Martin and some other defense contracting agency and actually met through a joint contract in Colorado, so of course they had to get me into CS. I'm now pursuing CS as a profession and I can't thank them enough.

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Mike Homol

9 years old. I coded Basic on a RadioShack Tandy 2000

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Jon Randy

Age 7 (1983) - ZX Spectrum BASIC

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Lars Richter

I think I was like 11 years old. During a vacation in sweden, my father started teaching me how to code. My father was a software engineer and we wrote a little quiz using Delphi.

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Austin Ewens

I was 7 and in C++. It didn't really stick since I never went back to C++ (these days I use Python), but it did help me realize what I don't like in a language.

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Ben Halpern

Age 30, language C?

Dang, that sounds like a challenging situation!

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Darko Mens

3 months a go. HTML and am 40yrs old with two boys who are twins are now 5 yrs. Want to teach them coding myself when they are 7yrs. By that I would be an intermediate developer.

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Sky

Nothing fancy for me , in my early 20’s I did a hello world block in java back when android hit the scene.. that inspired me to move forward with coding years later. 🀷

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Jarod Peachey

It was about 2 years ago, I was 16. I wrote my first line of code in the Wordpress sidebar editor. I needed some custom CSS, so I changed the line-height. And now here we are πŸ˜‚

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Zohar Peled

Basic, around 7-8 years old.

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Miguel Sanchez

Maybe 13-14, I wrote some JavaScript and didn’t understand it.

I came back to it at age 23 and never looked back. I fell in love with programming ❀️.

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Pavel Morava

When I was 10 or more, it was in some Basic for Czech version of ZX Spectrum, called Didactic M.

If I recall correctly, I made a simple graphic editor.

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Pieter Bergwerff

Basic in a ZX81! I was 12 years old πŸ˜‰

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Nicola Erario • Edited

1986: I was 6 and wrote Basic on my C16.

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Clara

I was 25 and it was Ruby <3 first love.
Even though I haven't started coding in my teenage years, I still consider myself a successfull web developer :)

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Meat Boy

I was about 9-10 years old.
And it was some Ruby-like language, however, I even didn't know I was programming.

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vickyktk

I write my first line of code in October 2015 at the age of 18 ... It was my first year of BS(CS) and it was C++. And my Lab manager helped me setting my desktop at our lab.

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hachi8833

Intel 8080 assembler at age 11 or 12. It was so hard because I had nobody to ask suggestions around meπŸ˜….

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Henry Camacho

I was a 6th grader watching old people a my local computer store. I bought Richard mansfields "Machine language for begineers"

My 1st line was A9 00 ON 62XX SERIES CPU

LDA #00

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Deepak Singh

My first was Logo at around 12.

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Chad Alen

13 years old in 2008 creating RuneScape private servers.

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Swastik Baranwal

I wrote at the age of 13.

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Sebastian

At school, I think around age 15, on a windows pc, I started to write, well, Visual Basic πŸ™ˆ

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Penelope Phippen

12 years old, 2013, java :OOOOOOO

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Oleg Aleksandrov • Edited

It was Pascal with Turbo Pascal as first ”ide”. I was 14 years old(11 year's ago). It was a bit weird experience cuz I didn't realize what I do

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Prashant Nigam

GW basic at age 12

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Dave • Edited

Twenty-one. My father-in-law gave me a Timex Sinclair 1000 for my birthday. BASIC was built in to the Timex.

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Karl Keller

Wrote my first line of code in Visual Basic 6.0 around 14 years of age...

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Giancarlo Buomprisco

I was 19, learned using JS at university