I started coding on and off March 2012-September 2012. I picked it back up April 2013 and have done it since.
Keep in my in April I got all the basics extremely quickly because I already learned everything from before.
If you are wondering how I got these dates it is based on my post history. This is the second search result when you google "C++" which is how I discovered it and have always had it(or at least the beginners forum) handy.
The reason why I started programming is because I was bored and had recently discovered what programming even was(I think in a Minecraft forum). I wanted to try it myself. I chose C++ because my Software Engineer cousin told me to.
It was so long ago, that I can't remember. I was probably 10 or 11 (GW Basic, Pascal then C). At age 13 (7th grade) I recall writing some simple games and fixing bugs in a program of the teacher, who was also a self-taught programmer. Yay, programming was such a fun then. And there was no Internet and figuring out even very basic things were much harder than now.
Heh, I started three years ago. I was a sysadmin, decided the part of sysadmin-ing I liked the best was scripting (Perl/Python/ksh), so I thought to myself - why not get a job where I got to do that all day?
So I bought the book(s), picked up a few projects, applied for some jobs and finally got one that didn't require me to take a pay cut.
Fredbill we could care less when you make jokes on threads that aren't about serious topics. But it is a whole different thing when you come into serious discussions and make stupid comments (IE Sarcastic comments that aren't needed, jokes, ect) like you have been doing a lot recently.
Here is a good saying. "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought stupid, then to open it and be proven stupid" or something along those lines.
Meaning if you don't have anything to contribute to a serious discussion other then sarcastic comments, jokes or whatever don't post at all.
It was fine for awhile, but get really old and annoying after time at least to me it does. Just because you are young doesn't mean you have to act immature.
i started programming late, i wish I started sooner
I feel the same about basketball, the kids who played at 12 to 15 and stopped for ten years and played for two years are still better than my five years of playing almost twice as mutch as they ever did!
Although the amount of time I put into practicing code is phenominal, I never felt like I was learning anything from nothing so fast...well that was the case until recently, after my college interview the guy I spoke to told me that I should concentrate on learning maths when I asked him what I should get on with studying when I get home, of course I slowed right down, Im not as in to maths.
you may be wondering how much free time I have, the answer to this is that in my world view free time is wealth and too much money is just a waste of free time
To be honest, I wish young people stop programming apart from few because if Software Engineering becomes too filled up this will result in finding Jobs becoming ever so hard so such sectors should remain only for the really intelligent people.