How Did I Get Started in Software Development?

OK, I was tagged. Here goes...

How old were you when you started programming?

Around 12, although I really didn't seriously pursue it until I got into graduate school (which was in my early 20s).

What was your first programming language?

BASIC

What was the first real program you wrote?

Depends on what you mean by "real". Technically, the crappy programs I wrote when I was 12 were "real". If "real" means "I got paid for it", it was the program I wrote for my master's thesis, and I was 24 at the time.

If you knew then what you know now would you have started programming?

Yes.

If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be?

Learn core concepts. As much as this industry changes and evolves, it's still based on binary. Most of what we do hasn't changed that much from what we knew 30+ years ago. That's not to say it isn't exciting; rather, knowing how things work underneath the scenes gives more insight into other frameworks and components in other areas.

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had … programming?

Generally it's always fun - I wouldn't do something 40+ hours a week if I didn't enjoy it.

There's lot of people I could tag...but the one person I would love to tag doesn't have a blog and he should because it would be amazing. Yes, I'm shining that bright spotlight on you, Kurt Christensen!!!

* Posted at 08.11.2008 01:40:07 PM CST | Link *

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