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What was your first language?
Getting into programming and first language

 2:03 am on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hi, my name's Pascaline, nice to meet you.

I was wondering how you started out in the programming world? What were the first things you learned? Did you have a mentor or an online tutorial? :)


brotherhood of LAN

 2:58 am on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the forums Pascaline

For me, I started out learning by coding up a static site using Frontpage around 1998, then learned the benefits of having a database driven site and HTML template, and using separate CSS files. The natural evolution for me was using ASP and MS Access as FrontPage accommodated it.

After a while I felt more comfortable using a text editor.

I also started using LAMP, and have learnt a good bit more Javascript, C and CUDA.

The learning process to begin with for me was here (these forums), online tutorials where they existed and lots of trial and error.

Nowadays it seems like the gaps of knowledge I had are all written about online, either in tutorials or questions already asked by people further along the learning curve.

If there was any advice I'd give to budding young programmers nowadays... search engines are your friend and can answer most things, and for everything else you have forums like these.


 6:46 am on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Oh, gosh. I saw the subject header and thought for a moment I was in a different forum.

First language? Probably Applesoft, early-to-mid 80's. I think there was another BASIC dialect that existed in parallel. Much later, FutureBasic-- sticking with what I knew.

First HTML? I think I did it in MS Word, back when it was relatively easy to export material as plain text. Starting with the UIUC tutorial, which no longer exists, though it survived until surprisingly recently. I never dealt with CSS until I started making ebooks 10 years ago.

I learned my first few words of Javascript 4 years ago when I needed to make Inuktitut inflectional tables and was faced with the fact that visual media only have two dimensions and I needed four. This is really true.

Pascaline, are you asking about programming languages or web-page markup? ("Calling something an X doesn't make it an X." Hence "HTML", which is essentially a word processor and can easily be used as such.)


 1:37 pm on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

I started with BASIC at home and with JCL at work

In mark ups I used IBM GML which I learned from the manual when we only had dumb terminals in the office.
Conversion to the basics of html from that was trivial and was learned from a web tutorial.
Javascript I have picked up by hacking pre-made scripts


 5:06 pm on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Mine was Apple II Basic in 1985, then to IBM DOS and MS VBasic on Win3.1, then I quit that and went to html via online tutorial and css as it evolved with bits and pieces of js and php picked up as needed.


 6:34 pm on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Basic, around 1979.


 9:01 pm on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

I read somewhere that BASIC was originally developed as an introductory language leading into Fortran. But I don't know a word of Fortran, so I don't know if this is true and/or plausible. (For that matter, I don't know the historic connection between javascript and php, although they're obviously genetically related.)


 2:17 am on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

I started with Fortran IV, in University, and as far as I know, the version of Basic I learned, was developed as a simplified programming language for use in early Microsoft environments.


 3:05 am on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

connection between javascript and php

I don't know if there is a connection. I'm fairly certain JS was developed by Netscape, originally called something else. They wanted it to ride Java's coattails so they arranged to have it called JavaScript, even though it had absolutely nothing to do with Java. What I was told by professors when I was taught JS back in the day...


 3:48 am on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Showing my age, but BASIC then Pascal then FORTRAN. Then I moved into operating systems- MS-DOS, some Unix, VAX/VMS, then Windows, and now back to Linux. Then migrated online- JavaScript, ColdFusion, and some Java and PHP. And not to forget a side trip through databases with T-SQL.


 10:41 pm on Jul 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

heh... My first language was Algol-60 at the Univ. of Denver, 1966.
My second language was IBM Sys/360 Assembler in 1967 -- which,
with its follow-on variants -- serve me quite well until I quit working
in 1999. (I'm taking this century off.)



 9:54 pm on Aug 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

This is interesting. I'm actually just trying to learn programming. I already know html and CSS. Could anyone tell me what's the best programming language I need to start with? I'd prefer something with an easier learning curve. Thanks Much.


 12:58 am on Aug 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

Mine was BASIC on an Osborne 64 (64k of memory and floppy floppies). It was a "portable" but its case was large enough to house a sewing machine. Just when I was getting the hang of it everything became DOS.

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