POLL: Why C++?

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Just a poll if anyone is interested.

When did you start C++ and why?
Was it your first language?
What would you rate yourself from 1-10?


Well, i started a few months (on and off) ago (age 16 now). I mostly did it because I wanna be a game programmer, but after using it for a while now I realize that it is so much more than that. Also, im on the computer a lot so I might as well make use of it xD

Wasn't my first language, my first was HTML, then CSS, then PHP (which is somewhat similar to it) now ++.

I would rate myself a 3 right now. I have a long way to go but I really understand what I've learned so far. Hopefully in the next few years I can get my rating up to a 9, give or take.

You guys?


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When did you start C++ and why?

I used C++ in an introductory programming course back in 2005 but we soon moved on to use Java so my C++ knowledge at this time was very basic. In 2008 I started to learn C++ on my own. It was part of the process of moving away from proprietary software. I didn't like that Java was in the hands of one company (Sun at that time). C++ felt much more real and fun compared to Java that felt like being inside a box. I guess I was also inspired by the game making people that often use C++.

Was it your first language?

No. The first (scripting) language I used was when making Dungeon Keeper maps. It was more a matter of copy paste programming but this was my first experience with programming. Later I made very simple games in a demo version of Blitz Basic, also a lot of copy pasting without understanding. I then moved on to Flash/ActionScript and made simple flash games and animations. There was good documentation build into the program so here I started learning a little programming without copy pasting but it was not until I started learning programming in school that I really learned to program.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

Hard to say. 5 maybe. I think the saying "The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know" is very true.
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When did you start C++ and why?

I used it since I started college

Was it your first language?

First language was when I was in secondary school maybe
Its called Game Maker Language, then HTML, then C, now C++

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

I have been learning for 2 months, but I rate my self 1;
I just know <iostream> <conio.h> <csdlib> and now on <string>
so there is a long way.


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I think this post belongs to the lounge.
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When did you start C++ and why?

If we speak just C++, i've been using it since 4 months, in my Data Structure course.

Was it your first language?

It was pascal, it was 3 years ago.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

Very hard to say, if 10 mean to know everything of the language and 0 mean to know nothing, then i would rate myself 3. I know the basic things, pointers, linked nodes to make lists, stacks, etc... and the basics of trees and files, all the other things about object and class i would say i know nothing. However, sometimes i forget some things and i have to remember them.
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I think this post belongs to the lounge.


thanks I moved it there, my bad!
When did you start C++ and why?

About 5 years ago because I wanted to make games and I knew it was used for that.

Was it your first language?

First programming language. I learned HTML before, and English before that.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

I don't know, because I'm definitely no beginner, I'd say I was intermediate to advanced, but I wouldn't say I was "good"; so, if we're rating our ability I would say 5, but if we're rating our knowledge as a percentage (or per "deca-age") I would say 7. I know most of the important stuff in the STL, but I still find new things every now and again, particularly with C++11, and I still find myself looking up the order of parameters for functions like fread whenever I use them.
When did you start C++ and why?

Started ~5 years ago because an idol of mine had picked it up.

Was it your first language?
Yep. C++ was my first experience with anything programming related. I've dabbed in HTML/CSS (although i won't call HTML a programming language), and I'm currently digging my way through Haskell.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?
Oof. That's hard to answer. 3 years ago i would have said "I DEFINITELY AM A 10." But every day I realize more and more how little I know. I suppose that's just a process of growing up. I'm definitely not a beginner. chrisname's description is pretty accurate about how I feel as well. I'm intermediate to advanced. Not great, like, if I were suddenly given a job developing enterprise level software I would be fired immediately. But I know my way around the language.

chrisname wrote:
and I still find myself looking up the order of parameters for functions like fread whenever I use them.
imo, you'd be mental if you could remember parameters to all these functions. That's why there's documentation. :)
I've been using vectors for 5 years, but I still use the reference section of this website to read about vector members from time to time.

EDIT: spelling
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When did you start C++ and why?
Was it your first language?
What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

When? 1996
Why? I played MK on the SNES in '94 (I'd been playing games since I was born (1981), started on an Atari 2600), when I decided that I wanted to entertain people with video games like Midway had done. Freshman year in my art class they had a Art Institute representative come in and that is when I found out what languages were used to make games. Bought C++ for DUMMIES and been coding since.

First language? C++. Dabbled with other languages though (Perl, Ruby, Python, Haskell, Scheme, Lisp, Assembly, C, C#, Java, D, Lua, Javascript, HTML, PHP, XML, XSLT, CSS, etc.).

Rate myself? 1

EDIT: Forgot web languages. I've dabbled a lot.
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1.
I started with c++ way back in 2009 because I wanted to learn programming, as I've always had a fascination with how computers worked, and who were the geniuses who made them work.

2.
It was technically my first language, but my friend made me switch from it after about 3 days, to C# because we wanted to make video games. After a summer with XNA, and a couple of months in a class learning AS3(which is horrible btw), my teacher suggested I try a different language for a culminating assignment, so I decided to go back to C++ to make Nintendo DS games. I immediately fell in love with it, (although it was more of a C with booleans and classes rather than true C++) and haven't stopped with it yet. And I do mean to sit down some day and give Haskell a good run though.

3.
Since most of my programming is more shaped as C with classes rather than true C++, I'd have to rate myself like a 2, maybe 2.5
When did you start C++ and why?

8 months ago when I was dabbling with HTML/Javascript/PHP, while trying to develop our firm's website. I discovered that I really liked programming and would wanna go deeper with software development.

Was it your first language?

No, I was introduced to Pascal in school and Scheme in college.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

That's easy, I am yet to reach 1.
When did you start C++ and why?


A few years ago I was in a book shop and I found a book about programming. I thought if I read and understood the book I would be able to make apps for iphone, ipad or android. Obviously that was a bit wrong since it was a c++ beginners book and maybe not the best language to learn for app development. The book was not any good but I wanted to continue on the language because I had already started learning it.

Was it your first language?


Yes, first programming language.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

A 2 or 3 maybe. Not really sure how this scale works, but I know the basics.
(classes, pointers, simple problem solving)

@ BHX How can you rate yourself one? You have programmed since 1996, that is longer than most people on this website, including me. I thought you were an experienced programmer.
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When did you start C++ and why?

I started around 2005, because previous to that all I used was Visual Basic and I wanted more control of how GUIs were created and I wanted to know what was happening "under the hood" in windows programs.

Was it your first language?

No, that would be QuickBasic. I started learning it by editing one of the games that comes with it(the one where two gorillas throw bananas at eachother from across the screen).

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

Ugh I guess 6. I have a decent understanding of the syntax, OOP, compiling and linking, and some OS features like processes, threads, and virtual memory. Yet there is alot about these things that I don't know.
I started learning C++ in about 2008 or 2009 while I was in high school. My first language was Dark BASIC, a derivative of BASIC that allowed easy access to DirectX and made making a game super easy. That's really what got me into programming.

I'd rank myself a 5 or 6. I have a decent understanding of the language, but that's about it. I don't have much experience programming anything big, though. I haven't had the time the last year or so to do much.
@ BHX How can you rate yourself one? You have programmed since 1996, that is longer than most people on this website, including me. I thought you were an experienced programmer.

"The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know" explains it all. The more I know the more I realize I haven't even scratched the surface of C++, so 1.
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BHXSpecter wrote:
"The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know" explains it all. The more I know the more I realize I haven't even scratched the surface of C++, so 1.
So true...(but I would still say you are more than 1)
I think of a 1 as someone who has just started. The 1 - 10 scale does not need to be a linear progression.
I started with C++ because most games use it and my cousin who is a software engineer told me to. I started it a little over a year ago.


In terms of knowing C++ I give myself a 7. I know everything in the core language and a good portion of the standard library along with a lot of C++11 stuff. Generally learning C++ isn't that hard once you know the core language.

Btw I give myself a 2 when it comes to knowing how computers work in general.
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Was it your first language?
First programming language. I learned HTML before, and English before that.
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Makes since xD
When did you start C++ and why?


My first experience with C++ was in the mid/late 1990s. I need to colaborate with some other developers and we found that C, C++, and Assembly could all be combined into a single executable. Before that time, we all had differing backgrounds.

Was it your first language?


No. My first language was Pascal.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?


In C++? 7. What I've found is that the more you learn about C++ and large-scale software development, the more familiar you become with what being an "expert" (9/10) really means.
When did you start C++ and why?

I started C++ roughly 6 months ago, I started programming around 3 years ago. I decided to learn C++ mostly for game programming and because Microsoft dropped XNA. But also because I want to know several languages. Some things are easier with different tools.

Was it your first language?

No, my first language was a scripting language for the OHRRPGCE toolkit/engine. It derived from C. Then my first language when I committed myself to learning programming a few years ago was C#. And I can already say, C++ will not be my last one.

What would you rate yourself from 1-10?

I don’t know, that’s a silly notion, because I wouldn’t rate someone on a language, but on their skills in programming and their understanding of it. (for example: OOP, design patterns, debugging, etc.) And at that, I would rate myself a 5 or 6.
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