Obviously wouldn't use it to rate anyone, since each person who starts at a 'normal' age may well be much better at programming than someone who started way before then, etc.
If anything the most impressive ages to start programming are probably the older ages, since by then you're supposed to find it much harder to learn new things. Although that never stopped half my professors...
I started at around 12, started with UnrealScript, Java, and PASCAL, and then moved up to C++ about 4 years afterwards. Unfortunately, it truly took me awhile to grasp anything about low-level programming... I think I have some posts on this forum that started around the time I started to grasp the concepts.
I still don't understand assembly outside of basics and obvious functionality. :/
To be quite fair, I claimed in another post that I was "fluent" in PASCAL but I was never as fluent in PASCAL as I am now in C or C++ or any language for that matter.
I must say, it's truly because I learned C. It seems that most languages have some derivative of C and I can generally relate to it. If I can't, it seems strange but I can generally still grasp in almost no time. For instance, learning Python took me about a day to start writing fluent daemon scripts and server-side website logic. With Perl... well, not Perl... perl is just... wrong... but I used D which was a direct C/++ derivative. Google Go and Rust are both C derivatives. Almost every major language now adays is atached to C in some way via syntax.
The day I see another original languages as fast as C/++ I will be able to die in peace
most languages have some derivative of C and I can generally relate to it. If I can't, it seems strange but I can generally still grasp in almost no time. For instance, learning Python took me about a day
told you fred. python has a c flavor
With Perl... well, not Perl... perl is just... wrong
@computerquip: i thought perl kind of looked like an interpreted c. i have never written code in it so it was just an assumption. is that wrong then?
you can say that now but that doesnt change the fact that you didnt before.
write a copy of openGL in it.
my god are we going through this again?? php doesnt need to use opengl because its not meant for that. IT IS WEB BASED. i write it for the side the client doesnt see. if im using an opengl php library then i want all of you to find my house and tar me (and not in the compression way either).